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Human Services Technology Degree

The Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Technology degree is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in a variety of human services agencies, including: child and family welfare agencies, mental health centers, mental retardation and developmental disability centers, senior centers and substance abuse treatment programs.  The human services technology degree program includes applied courses in social sciences, human development, family studies, human services delivery systems, and joint university-agency supervised internships. The core courses provide a solid foundation in case management and client advocacy.

The Human Services Technology Associate Degree is offered at the Ashtabula and Salem campuses.  Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA throughout the curriculum.  Successful graduates may be able to apply for Social Work Assistant Registration through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.  Detailed information and admission requirements can be obtained from the Kent State University Ashtabula or Salem campuses.This is a Human Services program, not a “Social Work” program.  For students wishing to obtain the bachelor’s level Social Work License (LSW) with the State of Ohio, they will need to go to a “Social Work” specific program. 

Through the program’s coursework, students may also be eligible to apply for the entry level licensure process in chemical dependency through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board. 

If a graduate is interested in furthering their education, the coursework completed in the Associate's degree is fully applicable to the Bachelor's of Science Degree in human development and family studies: human services option (although completion of the associate's degree does not guarantee admission to the baccalaureate program). 

Students who wish to be admitted to the baccalaureate degree need to check the Human Development and Family Studies section under the College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services in the Undergraduate Catalog. 


Kimberly Steele
Academic Program Director
Human Services Technology and Family Studies Programs
East Liverpool and Salem Campus
Phone: 330-337-4283
Ext: 74283
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