Community Social Services

Community Social Services 

The Anoka Technical College Community Social Services program is 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 Anoka Technical College Community Social Services associate in applied science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program. Students learn:

  • Laws, rules, and regulations surrounding the care and treatment of vulnerable people 
  • How to best support developmentally disabled people
  • The psychological characteristics of and treatments for various developmental and cognitive disabilities

 

Prequisites

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

Student background studies are completed before students participate in the clinical experience. Disqualification from having direct patient contact may require the student to change program majors. Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care or child care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care or child care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in the program.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
60
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 CSS 1010  Direct Support Professionalism
3
 CSS 1020  Physical Developmental Supports I
3
 CSS 1030  Person Centered Planning
3
 CSS 1040  Facilitating Positive Behaviors
3
 CSS 1550  Social Service Projects 
3
 CSS 1560  Social Welfare Services
3
 CSS 1570  Introduction to Social Work
3
 CSS 2020  Physical Developmental Supports II
3
 CSS 2050  Supportive Interventions
4
 CSS 2100  Internship
4
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Development
4
 PSYC 1605  Abnormal Psychology
4
 TOTAL   44
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Sixteen (16) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 BIOL 1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 ENGL 1105  Composition
4
 SOSC 1010  Introduction to Sociology
3
 SPCH 1500  Intercultural Communications
3
 OR
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications          
 TOTAL    16

Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC courses and their goal areas.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 BIOL 1106   Introduction to Biology  4
 CSS  1010  Direct Service Professionalism  3
 CSS  1040  Facilitating Positive Behaviors  3
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Development  4
 SPCH 1200
 SPCH 1500
 Interpersonal Communication OR Intercultural Communication  3
 TOTAL   17
 Spring Semester
 CSS  1020  Physical Developmental Supports I 3
 CSS 1030  Person Centered Planning
 CSS  1570  Introduction to Social Work
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
 SOSC 1010  Introduction to Sociology 3
 TOTAL  
14 
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 CSS  1550  Social Service Projects
 CSS  1560  Social Welfare Services
 CSS  2050  Supportive Interventions
 ENGL 1105  Composition
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions 2
 TOTAL  
16
 
 Spring Semester
COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 CSS  2020  Physical Developmental Supports II
3
 CSS  2100  CSS Internship
 PSCY 1605   Abnormal Psychology
 TOTAL  
13 
 

Graduation Requirements

ACCUPLACER Test Requirement: Anoka Technical College requires that all students seeking an associate in applied science (AAS) or diploma have new student assessment scores exemspting them from taking basic math, basic English, and reading or complete basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” grade or better.

See Graduation Standards in the Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Students graduating from the Community Social Service Program (AAS) degree program (CSS) are eligible for positions in several areas in the health, human services and education fields with children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens.

The graduating student may serve a variety of at-risk populations including people with disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse, poverty and disadvantaged.

Students who may be interested in social work, sociology, psychology or other health-related areas may want to consider the CSS program as a well-rounded educational base to support further development of generalist skills at a four-year institution.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

 

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Zakia Robbins
Faculty Advisor
763-576-4182

For services during
summer hours contact:
Enrollment Services
763-576-7710