Mental Health/Social Work (MHS.AAS)

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Associate in Applied Science

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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mental Health/Social Work (MHS) is designed to prepare students for transfer into partnering university programs and entry level employment in a range of social service careers. The program has transfer and articulation agreements with numerous university programs in Southeast Michigan. In addition, the program prepares students for entry level positions within the social work and human service fields.

Most graduates of the MHS Program intend to transfer into a bachelor degree program in social work (BSW) at one of the partnering university programs. As the field continues to require more formal education of individuals entering the profession, graduates are encouraged to transfer into a bachelor degree program. The program also prepares students for entry-level career opportunities which include: social work technician, social work assistant, case work specialist, case work assistant, human service specialist, human service specialist, mental health technician, psychiatric aid, outreach specialist, substance abuse technician, adoption counselor assistant, child and youth care worker, youth specialist, foster care specialist, and family protection specialist.

MHA classes may be taken in either the Fall or Winter Semester. Students have the option of taking one, two or three MHA classes during Fall and Winter Semesters. Students are encouraged to meet with an OCC counselor to review the program plan of the MHS Program and create a personal plan of study. It is highly recommended that students intending to transfer into a bachelor degree program meet with an OCC counselor to develop a plan aligned with the transfer and articulation agreements of the respective bachelor degree program of interest. Current substance abuse, physical or mental health problems might affect the student’s ability to work in this field.

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Major Requirements
MHA 2100Counseling and Interviewing Skills4
MHA 2300Interpersonal Theory and Practice4
MHA 2400Group Dynamics Theory and Practice4
MHA 2500Family Systems Theory and Practice4
Complete one of the following MHA courses:
Fundamentals of Alcohol and Substance Abuse4
Mental Health and Social Work Internship4
Required Supportive Courses
ENG 15101Composition I 3
PSY 25101Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 28101Psychology of Adjustment 3
PSY 2910Abnormal Psychology3
SOCAny Sociology course3
Complete one of the following PSY courses:
Child Development 3
Human Development Across the Lifespan3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses38
Recommended Electives
ANTAny Anthropology course3
COMAny Communication course1-3
ECO 26101Economics I 3
MHA 1500Fundamentals of Alcohol and Substance Abuse4
MHA 1510Substance Abuse Treatments4
MHA 2600Mental Health and Social Work Internship4
PER 2540Medical First Responder/First Responder4
POL 15101American Government 3
SLS 10001American Sign Language (ASL) I 3
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)3
Social Science (3-credits)
Written Communication (3-credits)3
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree13
Total Credit Hours60

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.