There are 3 options for ACM students if you are interested in a helping career. But the Human Service Program is the only option that gives you the skills and experience to get a job immediately after graduation AND transfer to a four year school. The other options, Psychology Transfer and Social Work Transfer, are intended for those planning to go directly on to a four year school for a bachelor’s degree.
|Human Service Associate program||Social Work Transfer program||Psychology Transfer program|
|Program Description||Two‐year skill‐based preparation for public-and private‐sector jobs in human service areas. Enables student to enter workforce after graduation and also to transfer as a junior into FSU Social Work Program.||First two years of general education courses needed for a typical four‐year program in social work. Last two years are taken at other academic institution.||First two years of general education courses needed for a typical four‐year program in psychology. Last two years are taken at other academic institution.|
|Degree||Associate of applied science degree in human services.||Associate of science degree in arts and sciences with social work transfer pattern.||Associate of science degree in arts and sciences with psychology transfer pattern.|
|Years to completion||Four to six semesters.||Four to five semesters before transferring.||Four to five semesters before transferring.|
|Admissions||Selective admissions process.||Open enrollment.||Open enrollment.|
|Learning Approach||Student learns with interaction and support from other students and faculty||Student individually responsible for learning.||Student individually responsible for learning.|
|In-class content||Classes and labs build skills and experience or student to seamlessly transition into human service jobs right after graduation.||General education and theory‐based classes provide basis for student to transfer into four‐year school.||General education and theory‐based classes provide basis for student to transfer into four‐year school.|
|Lab/fieldwork/internship training||Three 15‐week internships with over 460 hours of supervised clinical training.||No labs or fieldwork during time at ACM; this is completed at transfer institution.||No labs or fieldwork during time at ACM; this is completed at transfer institution.|
|Articulation||Frostburg; others in process.||Frostburg, Shippensburg, Cal U of PA||Frostburg|
|Certifications possible||Eligible to sit for Associate level Maryland State Addictions Certification exams.
Eligible to sit for Human Services-‐ Board Certified Practitioner Exam (HS‐BCPE).
|Eligible to sit for Bachelors level MD State Addictions certification exam and licensing
exam in social work after completion of Bachelors Degree at a 4year college. Addt’l
courses are needed to meet exam requirements.
|Eligible to sit for Bachelors level MD State Addictions certification exam after completion of Bachelors Degree at a 4‐year college. Addt’l courses are needed to meet exam requirements.|
|Health Manpower Shortage Program||Yes||No||No|
|Job options with degree||Community mental health centers,
child/youth programs, older adult services, substance abuse treatment centers, and programs for persons with disabilities, etc.
|Associate degree does not prepare the student with skills to work; employment comes after completing Bachelors degree at 4-‐year college.||Associate degree does not prepare the student with skills to work; employment comes after completing Bachelors degree at 4-‐year college.|
|Salary range||Entry level with AAS -‐ $18,000 -‐ $35,000||N/A||N/A|