Human Services: Pre-Social Work Transfer, A.A.

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Jumpstart your career in the field of social work with Iowa Western’s Human Services Pre-Social Work program. This program is designed for students who will earn an Associate of Arts degree and then transfer to four-year institutions that carry social work programs accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.

Social workers play an important role in the lives of people who are going through difficult times. You’ll be trained to help solve personal, family, and community problems as well as assisting clients in dealing with everyday life events.

You’ll work closely with Iowa Western faculty advisors who will guide you through your degree and assist you with your future transfer and career plans. Iowa Western graduates have earned positions in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and public agencies.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

The Human Services Pre-Social Work program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution with social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Human Services Pre-Social Work curriculum stresses general education coursework. In this field, a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for most entry-level positions and a master’s degree is generally required for advancement, or to work in mental or health care settings.

Wages

  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Child, Family, and School Assistants
  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
  • Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Community Health Workers

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)

 

MAT 121 - College Algebra 4.0 Credit(s)

or

MAT 157 - Statistics 4.0 Credit(s)

 

ECN 120 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 140 - Social Work and Social Welfare 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
BIO 112 - General Biology I 4.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 225 - Counseling Techniques 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 132 - Fundamentals of Case Management 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Summer

  • Philosophy Elective 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 3.0 Credits

Third Semester

SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
HIS 152 - U.S. History Since 1877 3.0 Credit(s)
HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 115 - Agency and Community Resources 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

POL 111 - American National Government 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 228 - Group Counseling Techniques 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 802 - Internship 1 (2.0 Credits Required) 2.0 - 6.0 Credit(s)
  • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s) 2
  • Mathematics/Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 14.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0

    Notes:

    One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
    1 Required courses for the program

    Students should meet with the program chair to discuss transfer requirements.

    2 Recommended Humanities Electives:

    Humanities Electives

    FLS 141 - Elementary Spanish I 4.0 Credit(s)
    LIT 134 - Multicultural Literature 3.0 Credit(s)
    REL 101 - Survey of World Religions 3.0 Credit(s)
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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Recognize the professional characteristics of a human services worker.
    • Demonstrate effective interviewing and counseling skills when engaging clients.
    • Compose the written documentation required of a human services case manager.
    • Assemble a comprehensive service plan.
    • Recognize the dynamics of vulnerable persons and special populations.
    • Evaluate community and agency resources.

    Program Disclaimers

    • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa