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Human Service Associate

Do you want to help others live full and healthy lives? Is interning in the human services field before you transfer to a four-year program important to you? If so, Allegany College of Maryland's Human Service Associate program was made with you in mind. Our Human Service Associate program provides you with a hands-on holistic (mind/body/spirit) approach to the human service professions -- whether you choose to immediately enter the workforce or pursue your bachelor's degree in sociology, psychology, or social work.


As one of the first Human Service programs to be nationally accredited*, our program has a 35+ year history of preparing new helping professionals for employment. And it's the only associate level degree program in the area that prepares graduates to become entry level addictions counselors.

As you earn your Associate's degree in Human Services, you'll develop an exceptional level of skill, work ethic, and self-awareness as well as the ability to work as a team player. The Human Service Program utilizes a learning community approach to facilitate growth and skill development. In the clinical phase of the program, students enroll in clinical courses as a group for four semesters, working closely with two faculty members to support, risk, and learn as a group. Your learning experience will be active, relationship-based and tailored to your personal and professional goals. Through our cutting edge course content in mind/body medicine and wellness, we'll prepare you for the challenges of fieldwork. Your participation in three, 15-week internships at area agencies will build an impressive resume.

As a Human Service Associate program student, you'll have the chance to become part of our Human Service Club and attend national conferences, including the Family Therapy Networker Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as community service projects.

Our program requires that all clinical courses be taken at our Cumberland campus; however, general education course requirements may be taken at any of our campuses or online, as offered.

The ACM Human Service Associate program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

*The Human Service Associate Program has been accredited every five years since 1982 by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education

Cherie Snyder teaching



Human Services


The Purpose of Human Service:

To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart



Course Info

As a Human Service Associate program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses. Our coursework consists of two phases:

  • Pre-Human Service Phase
  • Clinical Phase.

Our Pre-Human Service coursework (38 credits) consists of General Education requirements, including courses in English, Speech, Sociology, Psychology, and Speech which may be taken in both traditional classroom settings and online.

Our Clinical Phase coursework (32 credits) focuses on the skills and competencies needed to work in the helping field. These are offered in a four semester sequence beginning in the fall semester with courses offered only in the daytime at our Cumberland campus. Entry into this Phase requires an application, completion of the course Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Society, and four interviews.

Clinical coursework includes:

1)    Practicum I, II, and III with over 480 hours of supervised clinical training at area agencies; and

2)    Skill-based learning units on:

  • Client assessment, counseling and interviewing
  • Group work
  • Case management, advocacy and community work
  • Mind/body wellness
  • Crisis intervention
  • Behavior management
  • Program planning

Specializations are available in Addictions Counseling, Leadership, and Integrative Health.

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Human Service Associate program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers at agencies and nonprofit organizations. The following is a list of entry level positions:

  • Activities directors/assistants
  • Case managers
  • Child care workers
  • Community outreach workers
  • Group workers
  • Life skills educators
  • Mental health workers
  • Psychology rehab workers
  • Senior center managers
  • Shelter managers
  • Social Work assistants
  • Teachers' Assistants
  • Therapeutic support assistants
  • Wellness educators

The Human Service Program is the only associate degree curriculum at ACM which prepares students for the Maryland State Certification examination for addictions counselors

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor


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Faculty/Staff Info
Cherie L. Snyder, Professor and Program Director

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B.A., Dickinson College

M.S.S., Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research

M.A., University of Pennsylvania Certification in Mind/Body Skills, Center for Mind/Body Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Annette Clark, Assistant Professor

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A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

B.S., Frostburg State University

M.S., Capella University

Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

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ACM Human Service Student at Goodwill Industries