Human Services/Eligibility Worker

Program Description

Human services comprise all professional fields that share the common goal of helping people.

The BSC Human Services program provides training in basic helping skills and the overview of service delivery and program administration needed for entry-level employment in public, private and volunteer human service agencies.

This program is designed to be flexible to meet current and future market demands so that the students may choose courses most appropriate to their interests and career goals. Courses are offered on campus or online for maximum flexibility and accessibility. Content emphasizes human service theory and professional skills, as well as prescribed courses in social welfare. Practical experience is gained during the internship with a human services provider. At graduation students are job ready.

BSC also offers a two-semester Program Certificate in Eligibility Worker.

Preparation

People seeking a career in human services should recognize that to be successful they must be emotionally stable, creative and flexible. Human service workers will work with diverse groups of people and individuals with a wide variety of ages, social and cultural backgrounds and life situations.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits).

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students for employment in agencies, schools, businesses and centers that value paraprofessionals who bring to the job a combination of college course work and human services field experience. The human service worker may provide case management, needs assessment, advocacy, service delivery, crisis intervention, as well as program planning and continuation.

Career opportunities: county social welfare agencies, mental health and social service agencies, group home settings, community organizations, day care centers and nursery schools, elementary and secondary schools, and home health aid and geriatric services.

Additional Information

While not designed as a transfer program, with careful course selection, graduates could complete the appropriate pre-requisites to go on to a four-year college.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for possible BSC course substitutions, if needed.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

 

Contact

Lisa Hoynes • Schafer Hall 319L
701-224-5611

Lisa.Hoynes@bismarckstate.edu

HMSV 140. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course introduces students to the Temporary Assistance of Needy Families Program including the laws and policies that drive the program. Students also develop case management skills in administering the program.

HMSV 141. Supplemental Nutrient Assistance Program

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course introduces students to the Supplemental Nutrient Assistance Program including the laws and policies that drive the program. Students develop case management skills in administering the program.

HMSV 142. Medicaid

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course introduces students to the Medicaid Program, including the laws and policies that drive the program. Students also develop case management skills in administering the program.

HMSV 143. Child Care Assistance

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course introduces students to the Child Care Assistance Program and the laws and policies that drive the program in North Dakota.

HMSV 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

HMSV 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

HMSV 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

HMSV 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

HMSV 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

HMSV 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

HMSV 201. Introduction to Addictions

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides current and researched information about abused substances as well as the people who abuse those substances. Topics include theoretical perspectives on abuse, pharmacological characteristics of commonly abused substances, and stages of dependence and addiction. The following topics relating to various areas of human services will also be covered: working with dually diagnosed clients, chemical abuse by children and adolescents, codependency, and enabling.

HMSV 230. Introduction to Helping Skills

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides the basic knowledge and skills associated with the helping process, the problem solving process, and interaction skills. Focus will be on the dynamics of the helping relationship, interviewing skills, referral skills and ethical behavior.

HMSV 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

HMSV 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

HMSV 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

HMSV 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

HMSV 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.