Human Services

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Human Services is designed to provide students with knowledge and application of the human services field. With a focus on application in Native communities, this program prepares the student for work in various human services and counseling careers or further study toward a four-year degree. Two different tracks are offered within this degree: Community Counseling and Alcohol & Drug Counseling. Students should work with their Faculty Advisor to choose the track that best suits their interests and career pursuits.


All individuals wishing to be Alcohol and Drug Counselors should consult the DHHS Web site (Nebraska DHHS Website) for licensure information on the Alcohol & Drug LADC track.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Associate of Arts degree in Human Services with emphasis in Community Counseling
  • Associate of Arts degree in Human Services with emphasis in Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • Certificate in Community Counseling
  • Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Degree Audit Form

Associate of Arts degree in Human Services Degree Audit Form - PDF or Excel

Human Services Alcohol & Drug Certificate Audit Form - PDF

Community Counseling Certificate Audit Form - PDF

Process Map

Human Services Process Map

Sample Program of Study

AA Human Services concentration in Community Counseling
Full-Time (12+ credits per semester)     
Year 1- Fall Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● EDUC 1010 Student Success Strategies 2 ILO 5
● ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3 ILO 2
● HMSV 1010 Intro to Native American Human Services 3 Core
● INFO 1010 Intro to Computers 3 ILO 4
● HMSV 2150 Multicultural Counseling 3 Core
● HLTH 1047 Fatherhood/Motherhood Is Sacred 1 Core
Total Credits by Term 15  
     
Year 1- Spring Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● ENGL 1020 English Composition II 3 ILO 2
● HMSV 1200 Introduction to Counseling Techinques  3 Core
● NASP 1040 Nat Am History since 1890 3 ILO 1
● HMSV 2500 Crisis Intervention 3 Core
● PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology 3 Core
● HMSV 2600 Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Service Professions 1 Core
Total Credits by Term 16  
     
Year 1- Summer Term Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● HMSV 2990 Internship 3 Core
● SPCH 1110 Public Speaking 3 ILO 2
Total Credits by Term 6  
     
Year 2- Fall Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● MATH 1110 Intermediate Algebra 4 ILO 3
● HMSV 2300 Intro to Family Counseling 3 Core
● PSYC 1810 Intro to Psychology 3 ILO 3, Pre-req
● NASP 2340 Grant Writing in Tribal Development 3 Core
    ILO 5
● PHYS 1100/1104 Physical Science 4 ILO 3
Total Credits by Term 17  
     
Year 2- Spring Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● HLTH 2310 Health Education and Wellness 3 ILO 5
● EDUC 1020 Career Survival 1 ILO 5
● HLTH 1020 First Aid/CPR 1 ILO 5
● HMSV 2100 Strategies in Group Counseling 3 Core
● PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology 3 Core
● Native Language Level I 4 ILO 1
Total Credits by Term 15  
     
Total Credits for Degree 69  

Year 1- Fall Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● EDUC 1010 Student Success Strategies 2 ILO 5
● ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3 ILO 2
● HMSV 1010 Intro to Native American Human Services 3 Core
Total Credits by Term 8  
     
Year 1- Spring Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● ENGL 1020 English Composition II 3 ILO 2
● INFO 1010 Intro to Computers 3 ILO 4
● HLTH 1020 First Aid/CPR 1 ILO 5
Total Credits by Term 7  
     
Year 1- Summer Term Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● SPCH 1110 Public Speaking 3 ILO 2
Total Credits by Term 3  
     
Year 2- Fall Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● HMSV 2150 Multicultural Counseling 3 ILO 4
● HMSV 2300 Intro to Family Counseling 3 Core
● MATH 1110 Intermediate Algebra 4 ILO 3
Total Credits by Term 10  
     
Year 2- Spring Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● HMSV 2500 Crisis Intervention 3 Core
● HMSV 1200 Intro to Counseling Techniques 3 Core
● PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology 3 Core
Total Credits by Term 9  
     
Year 2- Summer Term Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● HLTH 1047 Fatherhood/Motherhood Is Sacred 1 Core
Total Credits by Term 1  
     
Year 3- Fall Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● PSYC 1810 Intro to Psychology 3 ILO 3, Pre-req
● NASP 2340 Grant Writing in Tribal Development 3 Core
● EDUC 1020 Career Survival 1 ILO 5
Total Credits by Term 7  
     
Year 3- Spring Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology 3 Core
●NASP 1040 Nat Am History since 1890 3 ILO 1
Total Credits by Term 6  
     
Year 3- Summer Term Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● HMSV 2990 Internship 3 Core
Total Credits by Term 3  
     
Year 4- Fall Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● NASP 1410/1510 Omaha/Dakota Language 4 ILO 1
● HLTH 2310 Health Education and Wellness 3 ILO 5
Total Credits by Term 7  
     
Year 4 - Spring Semester Credits Gen Ed/ Core
● PHYS 1100/1104 4 ILO 3 
● HMSV 2100 Strategies in Group Counseling 3 Core
● HMSV 2600 Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services 1 Core
Total Credits by Term 8  
     
Total Credits for Degree 69  

 

Career Pathways Flowchart

Human Services Career Ladder

For more information on career pathways in the human services field, click here: Northern Nebraska Area Health Education Center (NNAHEC) 2022- Careers in Healthcare

Testimonials

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“[NICC] is a family-oriented environment. I also get to learn my [Isanti] culture and [Dakota] language. That is something I can’t learn at any non-tribal college... I love the staff and the teachers. NICC has given me my foundation to build upon.”

Donna Pike (Isanti) - Human Services/Counseling major

Internships and Job Shadowing Opportunities

Faculty in the Division

Last Name 

First Name 

Role 

Lovejoy Brown Elizabeth

Human Services Division Head

Bappe Kari Adjunct Faculty
Berke Jacquelyn (Jackie) Adjunct Faculty
Flowers Misty Adjunct Faculty
Hinojos Belinda Adjunct Faculty
Lesher Christine (Chrissy) Instructional Designer
Mohlfeld Kathy Adjunct Faculty
Mallory Travis Adjunct Faculty
Warrior Keli Adjunct Faculty
White Jada Adjunct Faculty

 

FAQs

Student Services FAQs

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