Human Services Technology

Human Services Technology

The Human Services Technology curriculum prepares you for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies to assist in areas, such as mental health, child care, family services, social services, and rehabilitation. In addition, the Substance Abuse concentration prepares you to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and the pursuit of four-year degrees. All programs include core courses that emphasize development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The Substance Abuse concentration course work includes classroom and experiential activities oriented towards the twelve Core Functions, intervention techniques, and the biological/psychological/sociological processes of addiction. Fieldwork provides opportunities for application of knowledge and skills that you learn in the classroom. Graduates in the Substance Abuse concentration can obtain certification by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board after successfully completing the program and passing the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) exam.

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Human Services Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Prospective students may also apply for the curriculum by contacting an advisor for the Human Services Department. Call (336) 334-4822 Ext. 55054 for more information.

Dr. Joanna Linn, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, Instructor, Human Services
336-334-4822 Ext. 55054

Dr. Mark Marquez, LCSW, MSW, Instructor Human Services
36-334-4822 Ext. 55053

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 Option 3.

The Human Services Technology Department offers classes in three formats: seated, hybrid, and online.  Some courses do not meet in the online format; thus, you cannot accomplish the degree completely online. While many classes meet in the evenings, there may be some classes that meet only in the day, depending on scheduling and demand. In addition, most work-based learning (WBL) experiences require that you be available during regular business hours.

The associate’s degree is appropriate for you if you are entering the field with no prior degree and wish to work with substance abusers in a recovery setting.  The certificate is appropriate for you if you already have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a human services field.

You can complete the program in two years if you attend full time. You may also attend part time and complete the program at your own pace. You may need to take additional English or reading courses, which may extend the time necessary to complete the program.

Yes, you can earn both degrees, but doing so may take slightly longer since the degree programs have different course requirements. For more information on specific courses in the programs, refer to the Human Services Technology section of the Course Catalog.

Local agencies conduct internships. For Substance Abuse Concentration Students, these agencies provide primary substance abuse treatment services and have North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) credentialed substance abuse counselors and/or supervisors on staff. A faculty advisor works with you to discuss sites that best suit your interests, strengths, and schedule.

GTCC offers many of the general education courses during the summer that you need to complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. GTCC only offers Substance Abuse (SAB) and Human Services (HSE) courses during fall and spring semesters.

GTCC offers many of the general education classes that you need to meet the requirements of the AAS degree at a variety of campus locations. Only the High Point Campus, however, offers all SAB and HSE courses.

No. The NCSAPPB outlines the certification process. You can find these requirements at GTCC certificate and degree programs in substance abuse will provide you with the required number of educational/training hours needed.  The degree will also provide you with the 300 hours of supervised practicum that the Board requires. The information in all courses helps to prepare you for the written state credentialing exam.

No, however, the program does offer a high quality, cost effective, and efficient path towards certification/licensure.

No degree can guarantee employment, but education and cooperative workplace experience in substance abuse treatment will increase the likelihood that you will be able to find a job in the field.