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Human Services A.A.S.

Building a career dedicated to helping others.

Become an agent of change in the field of human services. Our innovative curriculum is constantly evolving to provide students with the skills necessary for employment after graduation. Opportunities to take cutting-edge courses, engage in practical experience within the field and involvement in our vibrant Human Services Club provide students with the foundational skills and experiences employers want!

Human Service students at Herkimer College have the opportunity to choose between newly offered alternative courses and the existing course work as follows:

  • Chemical Dependency
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Group Counseling
  • Mental Health Association of NYS (MHANYS) CarePath™ Program OR Social Psychology

The Chemical Dependency, Trauma Informed Care, and Group Counseling courses provide students with an opportunity to gain exposure and knowledge in relevant topics in the areas of study related to chemical dependency, how to develop and facilitate a counseling group, and to understand the continuum of wellness as it relates to various forms of trauma.

Offered in the student’s final semester, the MHANYS CarePath™ program provides an unprecedented opportunity for graduating students to become certified CarePath™ coaches through the Mental Health Association of New York State. Herkimer College is the first two-year college to partner with MHANYS to provide the CarePath™ course and certification. Students who successfully complete the CarePath™ program with their Human Services A.A.S. degree will obtain certification to help individuals and families manage stress the first 90 days post discharge from any treatment through methods of reducing stress, promoting confidence, avoiding crisis, reducing hospitalizations, and improving overall health outcomes. Career opportunities are available at hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and human service agencies, both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.


MHANYS: https://mhanys.org/
CarePath: http://mhanys.org/products/carepath/

For more information, contact Grace Ashline, Human Services Instructor and Program Supervisor at (315) 866-0300 x8356 or ashlinegv@herkimer.edu.


Student Testimonial

Emma Vanderwerken

The Human Services Program at Herkimer College is unique because it provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in class while simultaneously developing professionally in the workforce. Our program has great professors who are not only passionate about their work, but have an abundance of wisdom gained through years of experience in the field. We take many classes focused on innovative methods of care, cultural competency, and the needs of the populations we will be supporting.

In addition, we complete internships to put skills learned in class into practice, while building a professional network that will help us after graduation. Herkimer College also has a Human Services Club where members can develop leadership skills, meet other professionals in the field, and plan events or fundraisers on campus. I feel that Herkimer College and the Human Services Program have done an excellent job preparing me for my future.

- Emma Vanderwerken '18


Employer Testimony

“I’m so impressed with the changes to the program so far.  There is a national addiction and mental health crisis where local agencies are stretched beyond capacity.  Students with relevant and updated course work are more likely to be hired post-graduation.  Students who are currently looking to pursue their BS degrees in related fields are being required to take these courses so it also gives students at Herkimer College an edge and a likely opportunity to move forward with their professional and/or educational endeavors.”  

-Vicky Sloan, Online Learning Coordinator, Clinton Community College


Human Services Supervisor Testimony

“I am so beyond excited at the current and upcoming program changes. With the insightful feedback from both our students and Advisory Committee to the support I’ve received from my supervisory team, we’re embarking on unchartered territory to offer existing and upcoming students innovative opportunities. These opportunities will provide critical knowledge that parallels current trends in the field with an opportunity to become employed immediately following graduation. The Trauma Informed Care course and partnership with the Mental Health Association of NYS demonstrates how broad the field is and showcases what Herkimer has to offer that other colleges do not. It’s an exciting time for the Human Services program and it’s only just begun!”

-Grace Ashline, Human Services Instructor and Program Supervisor, Herkimer County Community College

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Herkimer College's Assistant Professor of Human Services, Grace Ashline.


View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Human Services A.A.S.

Human Services Student Handbook

Transfer Agreements

Below is a list of transfer agreements we have established (for our Human Services A.A.S. Program) with four-year colleges & universities to provide a seamless transfer of credits.

Programs also offered online are denoted by asterisk.*

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available at hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and human service agencies, both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. There are many opportunities to work with a variety of populations, such as the physically or developmentally disabled, elderly, youth at risk, the field of addiction or individuals in crisis.

Graduates are eligible for employment as:

  • Case Manager
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Family Advocate
  • Residential Counselor
  • Elder Care Provider
  • Childcare Worker
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Correction Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • CarePath Coach

Online Learning

The Human Services A.A.S. program may also be completed entirely online through our Internet Academy. We offer the same level of care and service to online students as we do to on-campus students. All necessary services are accessible online, including registration, placement testing, bill payment, tutoring, book purchasing, and academic advisement. Learn more!


Cost & Financial Aid

Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience. Learn about our cost of attendance and financial aid.

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Prior Felony Disclaimer

Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Criminal History

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of this program. For more information, read the Policy Regarding Enrollment of Individuals with Prior Felony Conviction.