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Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Health & Human Services, concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Are you interested in expanding your working knowledge of the healthcare industry? If so, Hawaii Medical College now offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health & Human Services.

Duties may include assisting in overseeing the health of citizens and for providing critical community services and counseling as well as disease prevention, individual and family support, legal services support and health care administrative services support.

Online, day and evening classes are available. For further information, assistance or eligibility requirements regarding this program, please contact us.

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Our degree program will advance your knowledge and skills in the healthcare field through three areas of professional development:

Professional Communication

  • Speech
  • Writing
  • Therapeutic Communication

Professional Response

  • Local Considerations
  • Sociology
  • Alternative Cultural Considerations

Professional Leadership

  • Healthcare Management
  • Understanding the Charts and Reports
  • Managing the Data
  • Understanding the Cultural Reactions
  • Solving Problems and Creating Solutions
These areas will help you increase opportunities for employment and/or advancement in your career path. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health & Human Services, Emphasis in Substance Abuse Counselling which prepares you to perform administrative and social services support and substance abuse counselling under the direction of a licensed healthcare provider.

An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health & Human Services, Emphasis in Substance Abuse Counselling allows you to perform administrative and social services support and substance abuse counselling, under the direction of a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Case Management Aide
  • Family Support Worker
  • Human Services Program Specialist
  • Life Skills Counselor
  • Youth Worker
  • Client Advocate Aide
  • Direct Care Assistant
  • Investigator
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Secretary
  • Patient Services Representative
  • Hospital Ward Clerk
  • Patient Registrar
  • Physician Personal Assistant
  • Medical Records Data Entry Clerk
  • Homeless Outreach Worker
  • Housing Specialist
  • Emergency Homeless Shelter Assistant
Degree Program length: 18 months (may vary according to individual student) Next five-week term begins: October 29, 2018

Required Courses

Customer Service 3 Credits
Career Preparation 3 Credits
Medical Office Procedures 2.5 Credits
Word Processing Application 2.5 Credits
Spreadsheet Applications 2.5 Credits
Medical Insurance Billing 2.5 Credits
Psychology 3 Credits
Medical Law & Ethics 3 Credits
Anatomy & Physiology 3 Credits
Medical Terminology I 3 Credits
 Medical Terminology II 3 Credits
Pharmacology 3 Credits
Pathophysiology 3 Credits
Introduction to Health & Human Services 3 Credits
Substance Abuse Overview 3 Credits
Introduction to Counseling 3 Credits
Children and Adolescents in Crisis 3 Credits
Case Management 3 Credits
Health Problems & Prevention 3 Credits
CSAC Certification Exam Preparation 3 Credits
Health & Human Services Externship 13 Credits
Therapeutic Communication 3 Credits
Complementary & Alternative Medicine 3 Credits
Healthcare Management 3 Credits
Health Information Management 3 Credits
English Composition I 3 Credits
English Composition II 3 Credits
Speech 3 Credits
Critical Thinking 3 Credits
Sociology 3 Credits
American History 3 Credits
Math for Healthcare Professionals 3 Credits
Applied Psychology 3 Credits
TOTAL 107 Credits
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook in the field of Health & Human Services, Emphasis in Substance Abuse Counselling is expected to increase by 16-23% between 2016 and 2026.

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How long is HMC’s health and human services degree program?
It typically takes 18 months to complete this online associate of applied sciences degree program (may vary according to individual student).

Will I learn about social programs as part of this health and human services degree?
Yes.  Social Services programs play a tremendous role in the role of all Hawaii residents.  As an HMC student in this program, you will certainly learn about social programs especially in the Introduction to Health and Human Services course.  You can also learn more about social services in the healthcare industry by reading “Find a Healthy Niche in Social Services.”

Is this health and human services degree offered online?
Yes, and with a concentration in substance abuse counseling.  Students in this program begin with our online orientation, as coordinated by our qualified staff and faculty.  Students in the HMC HHS associate of applied science degree program study interviewing and intervention strategies, program planning, case management and more. 

What is it like to take health and human services courses online?
Online courses with HMC are designed to be flexible, so you can train on your own schedule.  Complete your discussion posts and classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night.  It’s totally up to you.  And HMC is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, learning labs, 24/7 tech assistance, student services support and more.

How much does a health and human services professional earn?
You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.  The salary for a position in this career field depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified as a substance abuse counselor, or not, and other related factors.

Program Credits Average Cost
Health & Human Service AAS 107 $34,240.00
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