Human Services

This department offers basic, introductory information that is needed for a student seeking to understand both the social welfare and alcohol and drug abuse counseling systems in the United States and the profession of Social Work and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling. Completion of the courses in the program prepare students with needed competence for transfer to university studies in human services and entry level jobs in the human services field.

Degrees

  • Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Option (F.7951.AS)
  • Human Services Pre-Social Work Option (F.7633.AS)

Certificates

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Contact Fresno City College Social Sciences Division for more essential information or speak with the social sciences counselor, Nickolas Lucio.

Courses and Information

To see recommended courses, see the Catalog.  To see upcoming scheduled classes, see the Schedule of Classes

 


 

Certification Program: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit. A student will need 36 units of completion for this certificate, or a total of $1,656 in tuition costs.  Financial Aid, if available to the student, can cover tuition.

Required Fees:

  • Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
  • Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at the time of registration if the student so chooses)

Optional fees:

  • Parking pass ($30 per semester)
  • Student ID card ($5)

Other Cost:
Registration with one of three (3) Substance Use Disorder Certifying Agencies, cost varies by agency.

A student can pay in one or a combination of ways: directly using a credit card, through a grant (review our Financial Aid videos below for grant information), or with a scholarship or fee waiver through partner programs:

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) certificate of achievement is the educational portion of the California State Substance Use Disorder Certification. Completing of the certification includes: 36 educational units, passing a State Test administered by one of the three certifying agencies and completing an additional 2400 +/- hours of work experience.  Once students are registered with one of the certifying agencies, they have five years to complete their education work, testing, and required work experience.

Certification education units count toward an associate degree in Human Services/Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Option.  These units can be used as undergraduate coursework toward transfer to a 4-year institution of higher education.

Every 4-year college accepts coursework differently, with most of the Fresno City College courses transferring to Fresno State as part of their Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, and other programs. Students are encouraged to speak with the Perkins Counselors about the particulars of the transfer units.

This Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) program uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.

The AOD certificate of achievement is designed to deliver 12 courses for a total of 36 units. In typical scheduling this can occur within four (4) semesters, with some courses available in both online and in-person settings.

Human Services instructors can assist with work experience and job placement opportunities.

Certification Program: Pre Social Work

Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit. A student will need 30 units of completion for this certificate, or a total of $1,380 in tuition costs.  Financial Aid, if available to the student, can cover tuition. There are costs associated with the purchase of text materials, required for course instruction. Some course texts are available through OER.

Required Fees:

  • Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
  • Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at the time of registration if the student so chooses)

Optional fees:

  • Parking pass ($30 per semester)
  • Student ID card ($5)

Other Cost:
Optional purchase of laptop and associated materials for on-line course completion.

A student can pay in one or a combination of ways: directly using a credit card, through a grant, or with a scholarship or fee waiver through partner programs such as CalWORKs.

The Pre-Social Work certificate of achievement is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a social service setting or with additional general education courses, to transfer as a junior to a baccalaureate degree program in Social Work. This program is for the person who has a strong desire to help people who traditionally have been underrepresented within the larger society and require interventions and assistance in increasing control of their personal destinies. 

The Elder Care Human Services option is designed to prepare students for entry level work in social services settings with adults, aged 65 years and older or, with additional completed general education course work, to transfer as a junior to a baccalaureate degree program in Social Work. This Certificate is for a person who has a strong desire to provide human services to older adults.

In this educational pathway, introductory courses will give the student a good fundamental working knowledge of the social services system addressing the needs of older adults.

With additional general education courses, a student is able to transfer as a junior to a baccalaureate degree program in Social Work. Students are encouraged to consult with a Perkins academic counselor to create a specialized education plan to guide efficient progress toward completion of courses required for transfer.

This Pre-Social Work program (including the Elder Care Human Services Certificate option) uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.

The Pre-Social Work Certificate of Achievement (including the Elder Care Human Services Certificate option) is designed to deliver 11 courses for a total of 30 units. In typical scheduling this can occur within four (4) semesters, with some courses available in both online and in-person settings.

Human Services instructors can assist with work experience and job placement opportunities through the required Human Services Work Experience/Practicum course. The determination of whether this is paid or volunteer is made by the work experience site.