Human Services Generalist

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Human Services Generalist

Subject Area: Education, Human and Public Services

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 68

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Entry: Fall, Spring


The Human Services Generalist program prepares you to enter the workplace in a variety of human service agencies, services and delivery systems. This two-year degree will provide a strong foundation for a professional career in the human service arena. There is a wide choice of major electives in combination with a strong human services core curriculum. Actual field experience in community human service settings is also included under the guidance of working professionals.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.

Prior to the field experience, students may be required to complete a criminal record/child and adult abuse registry check. A positive report may prevent you from participation in field experience and completion of the program. Some field experience affiliations may require additional screening requirements.

First Aid/CPR certification may be required by the Human Service agency where you complete your Human Services Field Experience. First Aid/CPR courses are offered through NICC Business and Community Solutions.

Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
HSV:150 Human Services Technology I 3.0
HSV:162 Intro to Human Disabilities and Services 3.0
HSV:256 Concepts of Addiction 3.0
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 2
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
HSV:250 Essentials of Behavioral Modifications 3.0
HSV:260 Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse 3.0
HSV:284 Case Management 3.0
PSY:241 Abnormal Psychology 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


Term 3
HSV:225 Counseling Techniques 3.0
HSV:847 Human Services Field Experience I 2.5
PSY:121 Developmental Psychology 3.0
SOC:110 Intro to Sociology 3.0
* General Education Elective 3.0
* Math/Science Elective 3.0


Term 4
HSV:270 Crisis Intervention 3.0
HSV:848 Human Services Field Experience II 1.25
HSV:849 Human Services Field Experience III 1.25
PSY:226 Psychology of Aging 3.0
* Criminal Justice Elective OR 3.0
* General Education Elective 3.0
* Humanities/Social Science Elective 3.0


Criminal Justice Electives: CRJ:100, CRJ:120, CRJ:201

General Education Electives: 

Humanities/Social Science Electives: ART:101, ART:203, ART:204; transfer-level ASL, CLS, DRA, ECN, FLS, GEO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, POL, PSY, REL, SOC
Math/Science Electives:  transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, MAT, PHS, PHY

Note: To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average. First Aid/CPR certification may be required by the Human Service agency where you complete your Human Services Field Experience. First Aid/CPR courses are offered through NICC Business and Community Solutions.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,216 - $48,523 and a projected growth of 6.8%, the career outlook for Human Services Generalist graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

This program also prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a baccalaureate degree in an area of interest such as social work, psychology, sociology, special education or substance abuse.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Area Residential Care, Dubuque, IA
Comprehensive Systems, Charles City, IA
Delaware County Community Services, Manchester, IA
Dubuque Community School District, Dubuque, IA
Exceptional Persons Inc., Waterloo, IA
Fillmore Place, Preston, MN
Flexsteel Industries, Dubuque, IA
Four Oaks, Monticello, IA
G & G Living Centers, Guttenberg, IA
Good Neighbor Home, Manchester, IA
Goodwill Industries, Dubuque, IA
Hillcrest Family Services, Dubuque, IA
Hills & Dales, Dubuque, IA
Lutheran Social Services, Dubuque, IA
Maple Leaf Services, Presten, MN
Mosaic, Waukon, IA
Northbrook Manor Care Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
North Fayette Community Schools, West Union, IA
Opportunity Homes, Decorah, IA
Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, IA
Spectrum Industries, Decorah, IA
Wyalusing Academy, Prairie du Chein, WI

Sample Job Titles

Activities Assistant
Activities Director
Associate Aide
Care Home Instructor
Community Services Specialist
Direct Care Worker
In-Home Supervision Monitor
Personal Assistant
Program Manager
Services Manager
Skill Specialist
Skills Trainer
Supervisor of Comm Life Program
Teacher Associate
Youth Care Worker

Transfer Information

The Human Services Generalist program currently has transfer agreements in place with Upper Iowa University. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

View the Transfer Guide


Sam Townswick
Program Instructor (Calmar)
800.728.2256, ext. 336