Social Work and Counseling Technician Associate in Applied Science (Associate in Applied Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science

Program Description


Provides knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work in a wide variety of health and human service agencies as assistants to licensed professionals. Areas of pursuit, either as a technician or through transfer for additional studies and potential licensure, include social work, counseling, special education, substance abuse, gerontology, and human resource development. Students will participate at a supervised field experience in cooperation with mental health agencies including mental health clinics, drug and alcohol abuse centers, special education facilities and programs, community action programs, public assistance offices, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and residential care programs. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients including the terminally ill, those with AIDS, the developmentally disabled, and geriatric clients. Most health and human services core classes include both classroom and field placement experiences. Field placement experiences occur off-campus.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss and interpret the history of the social work profession and current mental health issue trends.
  2. Apply the different treatment modalities as appropriate to the role of a social work/counseling technician.
  3. Apply the profession's ethical standards and principles including practice with respect and without discrimination.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional mental health and social work practices.
  5. Research the various public health services that provide counseling, mental health and social work services.
Career Opportunities

Mental Health Technician Social Work Technician Counseling Technician

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

To participate in all courses with a field experience a student must pass a criminal background check. The following are a list of some of the reasons students will be denied registration into courses with field experience:

  1. A conviction of a felony or conviction of an attempt to commit a felony within fifteen years preceding the start of the program.
  2. A conviction of a misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, or criminal sexual conduct, or involving fraud or theft, within fifteen years preceding the start of the program.
  3. A conviction of a misdemeanor within five years preceding the start of the program.

In order to obtain certification students must also meet all state requirements at State of Michigan Licensing and Regulations

General Education

Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one that meets Michigan Transfer Agreement
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any one, not WR
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any one, not BIO
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2019 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.