About this course
The Anoka Technical College Community Social Services Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program designed to prepare students to become direct service providers or designated coordinators in settings where vulnerable or at-risk people are housed or treated. Direct service providers are the caregivers in these settings, and the designated coordinators oversee the daily activities of the setting.
The program exposes students to the laws, rules, and regulations surrounding the care and treatment of vulnerable people, specifically developmentally and cognitively disabled people. Additionally, the program trains students how to best support developmentally disabled people, as well as to understand the psychological characteristics of and treatments for various developmental and cognitive disabilities.
Additionally, program coursework also helps define the roles of the direct service provider, designated coordinator and social worker as advocates and resource providers, helping vulnerable clients and residents receive care and services. Coursework in social work, social services, and the broad base of sociology and psychology classes taken as part of this program will prove valuable for those students who which to transfer to a four-year institution to potentially major in human services, psychology, social work or sociology
- Some courses may require an Accuplacer score or completing basic math, basic english, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.