Earn an Associate Degree in Human Services

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services is designed by industry experts to impart industry-specific skills through academic and work-based training demanded in the human and social services field.

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Enroll in a Human Services Program Designed for You

Our associate degree in Human Services is designed by industry experts that give students an opportunity to land successful careers in the Human Services field. The degree also builds the foundation for pursuing future degrees or university programs.

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Set a solid foundation in the Human Services field with a 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Human Services. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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Openings are projected for Social and Human Services Assistants from 2020-30.


Average Salary

Of Social and Human Services Assistants.

17 %

Job Growth

Has been predicted in the employment of Human Service Assistants.

54 %

of BRCTC Alumni

Continue their education after earning a certificate or Associate degree.

    • According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, for Social and human service assistants, 487,100 new jobs are projected between 2020-30.
    • BLS predicts the job growth for Social and Human Service Assistants to be 17% in the next 10 years which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
    • As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay scale of Human Services Assistants starts from $37,610 per year, and it is $18.08 per hour.
    • As per Blue Ridge CTC Annual Graduate Report, 54% of graduates continued their education after earning a certificate or degree.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Human Services?

With Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s two-year Human Services program, students learn real-time skills needed to start an impactful career in the human services field. The Human Services program allow students to:

    • Understand the human service system, its historical development, and its scope.
    • Exemplify professionalism with effective written and oral communication.
    • Get knowledge and skills in the administrative aspects of service delivery.
    • Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems in human service practices.

Build a Promising Career with a Human Services Associate Degree

Do you have a desire to help others? With Blue Ridge CTC’s Human Services program, students gain knowledge and experience to assist individuals in receiving services to meet their needs.

Throughout the Human Services program, students understand how to identify and analyze service needs, plan appropriate services, and plan intervention strategies for various populations. Students learn to implement effective services and evaluate outcomes of those services.

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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

With the associate degree in Human Services, students receive knowledge and skills required in the human and social services field.

The comprehensive curriculum of the Human Services associate degree includes essential concepts such as general sociology, abnormal psychology, social work, ethics and value, social problems, crisis intervention, addiction counseling, required in the actual social and community services field. The curriculum allows students to:

    • Understand an individual’s values, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, limitations, and differences in cultural beliefs and races.
    • Obtain deep insights into general biological science, speech, sociology, and psychology fundamentals.
    • Become acquainted with different types of addictions, psychopharm of addiction, and addiction counseling.

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Blue Ridge CTC offers a holistic, industry-focused approach to learning, leading to a path-breaking career and continuing education opportunities.

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What You Experience at Blue Ridge CTC

Blue Ridge CTC acts as a catalyst to career goals, gives students exposure to real-time career prospects, and provides a learning environment supporting personal and professional growth.

World-class Pedagogy That Shapes Future Leaders!

Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects.

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

Promoting Equity to Develop an Intercultural College Environment!

As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Learn more about alumni who successfully reached their goals by earning an education at Blue Ridge CTC!

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Worried About Paying for College? Many Options Exist for Financial Aid.

Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available.

    • State and Federal Grant Programs 
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities 
    • Student Loans 
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Associate Degree in Human Services? We can help!

As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment opportunity in the Human Service field is expected to grow at 17%, adding to about 59,100 new job openings on an average for Social and Human Service Assistants through 2020-30. Students who want to seek direct workforce entry, career advancement opportunities, or plan university transfer while saving money and time can pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services program at Blue Ridge CTC.
The Human Services Program offered at BRCTC lets you meet your career goals in a limited time with affordability and flexible modules. With this two-year degree, you learn human services concepts and skills required to enter the workforce or transfer to advanced programs.
With an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services degree program, students get the education required to get an entry-level job at an organization or agency that provides services to people in need. With this degree, students develop workforce-readiness skills needed to explore career opportunities as community health workers, child adoption specialists, case managers, community outreach specialists, social workers, etc. Students may need to pursue additional education to pursue employment opportunities.
Admission requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
Blue Ridge CTC’s Human Service associate degree program does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
The on-campus or online Human Services associate degree program at Blue Ridge CTC includes:  
  • Qualified faculty and industry-driven learning delivery
  • Easy transfer pathways with existing agreements
  • Job search and career assistance
  • Need-based financial aid to qualified applicants


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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