Community Social Services

Community Social Services 

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.

Because graduates of the program will be qualified to work with vulnerable or at-risk people, program coursework will introduce students to the field of social services and social work. Program courses also explore the history and function of the social worker and of social services in the U.S. Additionally, program coursework will also help define the roles of the Direct Service

Provider, Designated Coordinator and social worker as advocates and resource providers, helping vulnerable clients and residents receive needed care and services. The coursework in social work and social services as well as 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

The coursework in social work and social services as well as the broad base of sociology and psychology classes taken as part of this program will prove valuable for those students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution to potentially major in human service, psychology, social work or sociology.

Updated information will be posted as soon as it is available.

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

 

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
44 
 CSS1010  Direct Support Professionalism
3
 CSS1020  Physical Developmental Supports I
3
 CSS1030  Person Centered Planning
3
 CSS1040  Facilitating Positive Behaviors
3
 CSS1550  Social Service Projects 
3
 CSS1560  Social Welfare Services
3
 CSS1570  Introduction to Social Work
3
 CSS2020  Physical Developmental Supports II
3
 CSS2050  Supportive Interventions
4
 CSS2100  Internship
4
 HLTH1030  Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
 PSYC1405  Lifespan Development
4
 PSYC1605  Abnormal Psychology
4
 HLTH1040  Medical Terminology
2
 HLTH1103  Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
5
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
16
Sixteen (16) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 BIOL1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 COMP1002  Computer Technology for Communication
2
 ENGL1105  Composition
4
 SOSC1010  Introduction to Sociology
3
 SPCH1500  Intercultural Communications
3
 OR
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communications            3

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

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
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 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
     
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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

Admissions Office
763-576-4700