Human Services - Social Work Description - Riverland

Human Services - Social Work

Advance Your Career with an AS Degree in Human Services from Riverland Community College

At Riverland Community College, our Associate of Science degree in Human Services is crafted for individuals who are passionate about making a meaningful impact by helping others. This program is designed to prepare you for direct-care human service positions where you can truly make a difference in your community.

Why Choose Riverland's Human Services Program?

  • Practical Experience: Gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities that develop your helping skills in real treatment and support settings.
  • Educational Partnerships: Take advantage of our partnership with St. Scholastica, allowing you to earn a four-year degree in your community after completing your AS degree at Riverland.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Learn critical skills such as ethical decision-making, effective communication, teamwork, and accurate documentation that are essential for a successful career in human services.

Background Study Requirement:

  • All students accepted into and enrolled in the Human Services program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. This study is initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.

Program Highlights:

  • Develop the ability to ethically analyze and evaluate clinical situations.
  • Communicate effectively with a diverse range of clients and professionals.
  • Perform essential clinical tasks safely and competently.
  • Prepare and deliver professional case presentations.

Career Opportunities: The demand for Social and Human Service Assistants is growing faster than average, with approximately 5,270 new job openings expected from 2014 to 2024 due to growth and replacements. Career paths include:

  • Advocate
  • Caseworker
  • Social Worker

Special Scholarships:

Get Involved: Join the Human Services Club DEEDS (Dedication, Education, Empowerment, Diversity, and Services) to enhance your educational experience through networking, community service, and learning opportunities.

Take the Next Step: Are you ready to begin a rewarding career in human services? Fill out our request for more information form today to learn more about the Human Services AS degree at Riverland Community College. Start your journey to becoming a professional who makes a significant difference in the lives of others. Join us, and be part of a community that cares!


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Last Updated: May 8, 2024

    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