Human Services - Social Work Description - Riverland

Human Services - Social Work

Why choose this program at Riverland?

Do you have a passion for helping people?
The AS degree in Human Services is designed to prepare graduates for employment in direct-care human service positions. In addition to the Riverland core curriculum, internship experiences are an effective way to develop helping skills for interaction with people in treatment and support programs. New students are advised to schedule a meeting with the program coordinator, especially transfer students.

St. Scholastica's growing partnership with Riverland Community College gives students in southern Minnesota the option to earn a St. Scholastica degree in only two years, while staying in their own community. Students who choose to pursue a four-year degree can also complete Associate in Arts degree requirements with additional course work. Students should work closely with the program coordinator and the counseling department to make sure that course work fulfills degree requirements.

Background Study Requirement

Students accepted and enrolled in an Allied Health Program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. The background study will be initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive further details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.

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What will I study?

  • Apply critical thinking processes to ethically analyze and evaluate clinical situations.
  • Communicate effectively with clients/consumers, families, therapists, social workers, and other members of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Perform entry-level clinical tasks safely and accurately in a human services setting.
  • Document client/consumer information accurately and effectively.
  • Prepare and present oral and written case presentations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team environment to achieve goals.
  • Effectively perform job duties within existing ethical and legal parameters for human services professionals.
  • Accurately interpret and integrate client/consumer data.
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What are my career options after graduating this program?

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 5,270 new Social and Human Service Assistants to meet market demand between 2014-2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

Sample Job Titles

  • Advocate
  • Caseworker
  • Social Worker

Are there any special scholarships related to this program I can apply for?

The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

Program specific scholarships available:

Can I participate in any clubs, organizations or extracurricular activities?

Human Services Club DEEDS

DEEDS Dedication, Education, Empowerment, Diversity, and Services the club is for Human Services majors and anyone interested in the field of human services.

The club serves as an educational function for members by providing a networking source and opportunities for community service. The club holds monthly meetings during the academic school year to plan events as well as educational tours.

Guaranteed Transfer Agreement

Institution Award Degree Curriculum Agreement
The College of St. Scholastica Bachelor of Arts (BA) Download PDF

Last Updated: May 22, 2018

    Quick Facts
  • Associate of Science
  • 60 Credits | Four Semesters
  • Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Online Course(s)
  • Offering: Fall, Spring

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Suzette Overby

Human Services Instructor