Human Services Technician Certificate (HSC)

This program is for those who wish to build a rewarding career helping people in need by empowering, enabling, and facilitating them to function more effectively in all aspects of living. Opportunities in this field are excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human services is one of the fastest growing fields. The Human Services Technician Certificate prepares students for immediate employment in entry-level human services positions. It also provides individuals currently working in entry-level positions an opportunity to enhance their skills.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I


ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
HST101 Introduction to Human Services


ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY101 Psychology of Self


ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology


ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
HST140 Counseling Methods andInterviewing Techniques


PSY105 strongly recommended, may be taken concurrently
Professional Elective


Electives: ASL101, ASL102, CHC101, CHC105, CHC108, CHC110, CHC220, CJU131, CJU232, CJU250, CJU254, ECE101, HST142, HST145, HST147, PSY143, PSY244, PSY246, PSY280, PSY290, SOC125, SOC129, SOC206, SOC208, SOC 210, SPA109, SPA210
HST150 Cultural Awareness


ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY240 Abnormal Psychology


                                             Total: 24 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this certificate can be completed during the day or evening at the Gardner or Leominster Campuses.

Helpful hints: Volunteer opportunities, service learning, and civic engagement components are suggested as ways of enhancing classroom learning.

Transfer options: All courses in this program may be applied to MWCC’s Human Services Degree. Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Mental health/mental retardation technician, case manager, child care specialist, direct care worker, residential counselor, job coach, and other entry-level human services positions.

Earning potential: $20,350 to $32,440.

Technical Standards* for HS and HSC

*general information about technical standards and accommodation.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Comprehend the spoken word.
  • Perceive and differentiate individual behaviors.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.

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