The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination.
The Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services) degree responds to the career and professional needs of career practitioners in the human services fields of early childhood education, child and youth care, rehabilitation services, and other closely related fields such as teacher assistants and counsellors.
This four-year, 120-credit degree is available if you have completed an Athabasca University approved two-year human services related diploma from Medicine Hat College, or another recognized post-secondary institution. Typically, the diploma counts as the first 60 credits or half of the degree.
Athabasca University has approved the following Medicine Hat College diplomas for transfer to this degree:
- Addictions Counselling
- Child and Youth Care Counsellor
- Criminal Justice
- Early Learning and Child Care
- Social Work
- Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant
- Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
NOTE: Students must complete a minimum of ten (10) courses through Athabasca University to fulfill the residency requirement. Students complete this degree by taking a combination of Medicine Hat College and Athabasca University courses.
We encourage students to consult with a Medicine Hat College Academic Advisor regarding admission requirements and course selections. It is important that students make correct course choices as part of your degree.
Course ListPlease see the program calendar or consult with an academic advisor for an up-to-date set of courses related to Human Services.
You may find employment as:
|Aboriginal Community Worker||Developmental Services Worker||Mental Health Worker|
|Addictions Counsellor||Disability Advisor||Native Counsellor|
|Advocate for the Abused||Early Childhood Educator||Northern Human Services Counsellor|
|Career Development Counsellor||Family Day Home Provider||Recreation Technologist|
|Child Advocate||Gerontology Specialist||Rehabilitation Case Worker|
|Child Care Worker||Group Home Worker||Residential Program Provider|
|Community Organizer||Halfway House Counsellor||Social Service Worker|
|Community Outreach Worker||Home Support Worker||Special Needs Consultant|
|Community Wellness Program Coordinator||Home Support Worker||Teacher Assistant|
|Corrections Worker||Juvenile Court Liaison||Youth Worker|
|Crisis Intervention Counsellor||Life Skills Instructor|
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Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.
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