Human Services, AAS

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Locations to study
St. Martin, Over-the-Rhine
3 yrs
Time to completion
Part-time students
Cost per credit hour
Credit hours required

Your chance to create change

Make the difference your community needs with an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services degree from Chatfield College. Receive specialized training required to become a certified Social Work Assistant in Ohio or build a foundation for a Social Work bachelor’s degree. Most students finish this program in 3 years, taking classes in St. Martin or Over-the-Rhine.

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Made for future helpers

You will find success in this program by having a passion for people, including a strong desire to help them. This program is ideal for:

  • People who want to relieve the suffering of others.
  • People who are willing to fight for social justice.
  • People who can keep their cool in tough situations.

Develop skills that Ohio requires

Becoming a licensed Social Work Assistant in Ohio means meeting specific requirements. Chatfield offers the training you need in:

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Personalized teaching to help real people

Start in the classroom, learning from professors with years of professional human services experience. Then, apply what you learn by working directly with others in need.

  • Professors share stories from their own careers, so you know what to really expect in your job.
  • Get 135 hours of hands-on experience at social service organizations.
  • Receive one-on-one job preparation by increasing your expertise in social problems, building your résumé, and applying for SWA licensure.

Classes you’ll take

You must complete 61 credit hours to graduate—45 core human services credit hours and 16 general education credit hours.

Core Human Services Courses
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Addiction Studies
  • Case Management
  • Counseling and Interviewing Techniques
  • Disorders, Treatment Planning, and Documentation
  • General Psychology
  • Group Skills
  • Human Services Field Placement I
  • Human Services Field Placement II
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Marriage and Family
  • Psychology or Sociology Elective
  • Social Welfare Policy

General Education Courses
  • A.A.S. Services Cornerstone
  • Composition
  • Elements of Statistics
  • Interpersonal Communications OR Oral Communications
  • Introduction to Application Software OR Introduction to Personal Computers
  • Religious Studies Elective

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Opening the door to more

Earning your associate degree can help you stand out from those with only a high school diploma or GED.

Salary you could earn

Average hourly wage for Cincinnati-area Social Work Assistants
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

More jobs are coming

through 2026
Projected growth of Social Work Assistant jobs in SW Ohio
Source: Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services

Take your education to the next level

Colleges and universities in Ohio that have transfer agreements with Chatfield.

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We improve you, you improve others

You want a career helping people overcome challenges so they can do great things. That’s also the inspiration behind the support you’ll receive from Chatfield every day.

Your classes, your schedule

With classes available at both our St. Martin and Over-the-Rhine campuses, along with some classes you can take online, you can meet your job and family commitments as a Chatfield student.

Step-by-step, side-by-side

Every Chatfield student will need help at some point during their program. Whether we can assist you inside or outside the classroom, we’re right by your side no matter what.

Transformation happens here

Chatfield provided me with a launch pad to achieve my goals. I met so many people and formed new relationships that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

–Elijah C., Chatfield graduate