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Behavioral Health and Human Services

Community and Social Services 

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Program Information

The Anoka Technical College Behavioral Health and Human 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 of 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


Course Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

BIOL 1130 Human Biology requires READ 0900 or READ 0960 or appropriate test score.

ENGL 1107 Composition I requires READ 0900 or READ 0960 and ENGL 0900 or ENGL 0960 or appropriate test score.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Students apply skills in a meaningful way (Demonstrating higher level thinking-analysis evaluation, and synthesis)
  2. Performance assessment allows for evaluation of attitudes/dispositions.
  3. Student develop and create original responses to the topic.


Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health 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 at a clinical site. The student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. For consideration to continue in the program the student must request reconsideration and provide a copy of such request. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester  16
 BHHS 1005
 Introduction to Behavioral Health and Human Services 2
 BHHS  1010  Direct Service Professionalism 3
 BHHS 1040  Facilitating Positive Behaviors 3
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
 PSYC 1406
 General Psychology
 Spring Semester 15
 BHHS  1020  Physical Developmental Supports I 3
 BHHS 1030  Person Centered Planning 3
 BHHS  1570  Introduction to Social Work 3
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology 2
 BIOL 1130
 Human Biology
 Fall Semester  16
 BHHS  1550  Social Service Projects 3
 BHHS 1560  Social Welfare Services 3
 BHHS 2050  Supportive Interventions 4
 BHHS 2100
 Internship 4
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions 2
 Spring Semester  13
 BHHS  2020  Physical Developmental Supports II 3
 PSCY 1506
 Lifespan Development
 PSCY 1606  Abnormal Psychology
 SOSC 1010
 Introduction to Sociology 3
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communication
 SPCH 1500
 Intercultural Communication

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence. Refer to the below PDF document for first semester part-time course options and further information.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Students graduating from the Behavioral Health and Human Services (BHHS) Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program 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 BHHS program as a well-rounded educational base to support further development of generalist skills at a four-year institution.


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



Fall: August
Spring: January


Zakia Robbins
Faculty Advisor

Enrollment Services