Human Services: Youth Worker, A.A.

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Put your desire to help young people to good use in college as you prepare to become a youth worker by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Human Services Youth Worker program. If you like to work with children through difficult times in their lives, this program is perfect for you. Graduates earn an Associate of Arts degree and can enter this field immediately or transfer to a four-year college to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

This program will instill you with the knowledge and confidence to work with children and adolescents in such settings as residential treatment centers, group homes, crisis shelters, and hospital-based adolescent programs. You’ll get hands-on experience studying teenage and adolescent issues and learn how to help troubled youths handle a crisis.

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 Youth Worker program is designed for students with the option of transferring to a four-year institution or entering the workforce in an entry-level youth care worker position. In this program, you learn how to work with children and adolescents in a variety of settings such as residential treatment centers, group homes, hospital-based adolescent programs, and crisis shelters. Qualified personnel are in high demand in many residential treatment programs.


  •  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)
HSV 259 - Introduction to Chemical Dependency 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HSV 109 - Introduction to Human Services 1 3.0 Credit(s)
  • A.A. Mathematics Requirement (MAT 121-MAT 227) 3.0-4.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 15.0-16.0 Credits

    Second Semester

    ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
    SOC 230 - Juvenile Delinquency 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 225 - Counseling Techniques 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 132 - Fundamentals of Case Management 1 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Lab Science Requirement 4.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 16.0 Credits


    • 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)
    HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 115 - Agency and Community Resources 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 190 - Youth Care Issues 1 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Fourth Semester

    PSY 224 - Adolescent Psychology 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 180 - Ethics for Human Service Professionals 1 1.0 Credit(s)
    HSV 802 - Internship 1 (2.0 Credits Required) 2.0 - 6.0 Credit(s)


    HSV 226 - Fundamentals of Family Counseling 1 3.0 Credit(s)


    HSV 228 - Group Counseling Techniques 1 3.0 Credit(s)


  • Mathematics/Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s) 2
  • Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


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

    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