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Human Services Associate
Program Number: 105203
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
63 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The Human Services associate program at Madison College trains you to provide information, support, care and advocacy in a human service agency. You will acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. You will learn to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. General education courses included in the program teach you to better understand social problems. During the second year of the program, you will start a fieldwork placement in a human service agency. Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

    A Caregiver Background Check is required for fieldwork placements. Information obtained from the Criminal History Check may affect your ability to secure a fieldwork placement and your ability to find employment after graduation. Some of the aptitudes and interests that are essential for human service students include emotional stability and maturity, an interest in working with people, and an appreciation of cultural competence and diversity.

    Program Details

    Students in the Human Services Associate program can attend full or part time.

    Human Services Associate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Goodman South 


    The Human Services Associate program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a training program for substance abuse counselors. The program is also accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education preparing students for the Human Services – Board Certified Professional Credential.


    Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of human services including:

    • Case Manager
    • Community Support Worker
    • Substance Abuse Counselor in Training
    • Income Maintenance Worker
    • Information and Referral Specialist
    • Intake Worker
    • Outreach Worker
    • Prevention Worker
    • Resident Manager
    • Volunteer Coordinator

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Substance Abuse Counselor
    • Social Worker
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2022

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application opens on September 15, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Madison College female identifying students earning a Human Services Associate Degree with embedded Addiction Studies Technical Diploma will be able to apply their credits towards a Social Work Degree (BSW) at Alverno. Students will still need to apply to Alverno's BSW major. Students who complete their associate have met the requirements of the minor at Alverno. A minor is required of all Social Work majors. Thus, the associate degree can serve as replacement for the minor. Transferring courses must be completed with a 2.0 (C grade) or better to meet the terms of the transfer agreement.
    Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students who complete the Applied Associates of Science degree in Human Services Associate are eligible to have up to 64 credits transfer toward a bachelors degree in sociology with a concentration in human services. Students must complete a minimum of 32 credits at Edgewood College.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Human Services program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    1. Develop and maintain supportive, strength-based helping relationships that foster growth and problem solving in those being helped.
    2. Apply skills to the development of care and treatment plans and interventions.
    3. Demonstrate advocacy and professional and ethical standards.
    4. Provide services in a culturally competent manner.
    5. Develop respectful relationships with staff, clients, families and communities.
    6. Demonstrate effective oral communication with staff, clients and families.
    7. Communicate clearly in written reports.
    8. Write a grant to fulfill identified specific community needs.
    9. Demonstrate assessment and treatment knowledge and skills and strategies for people with substance abuse and mental health problems.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 19 14 23
      Number of Surveys Sent 19 14 23
      Number of Surveys Returned 13 9 19
      Percent of Surveys Returned 68.40% 64.30% 82.60%
      Available for Employment 12 8 15
      Percent Available for Employment 92.30% 88.90% 78.90%
      Not in Labor Market 1 1 3
      Percent Not in Labor Market 7.70% 11.10% 15.80%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 10 7 13
      Percent of Graduates Employed 83.30% 87.50% 86.70%
      Employed in Related Occupation 5 4 7
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 50.00% 57.10% 53.80%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 3 6
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 50.00% 42.90% 46.20%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 2 1 2
      Percent Seeking Employment 16.70% 12.50% 13.30%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.8 3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 13 9 19
      Very Satisfied (4) 8 7 13
      Percent Very Satisfied 61.50% 77.80% 68.40%
      Satisfied (3) 5 2 6
      Percent Satisfied 38.50% 22.20% 31.60%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 13 9 19
      Preparation for Getting a Job 2 2 9
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 15.40% 22.20% 47.40%
      Career Change 5 4 2
      Percent Career Change 38.50% 44.40% 10.50%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 7.70% 0.00% 5.30%
      Preparation for Further Education 5 3 4
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 38.50% 33.30% 21.10%
      Personal Interest 0 0 3
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 15.80%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 10 7 13
      Before Enrollment 4 1 5
      Percent Before Enrollment 40.00% 14.30% 38.50%
      While Attending the College 6 1 4
      Percent While Attending the College 60.00% 14.30% 30.80%
      After Training at the College 0 5 4
      Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 71.40% 30.80%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 10 7 14
      In College District 7 6 11
      Percent In College District 70.00% 85.70% 78.60%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 0 1
      Percent of In Wisconsin 20.00% 0.00% 7.10%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 1
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 10.00% 0.00% 7.10%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 1 1
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 14.30% 7.10%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 2 4
      Average Monthly Wage $2,614 $2,900 $2,962
      Average Hourly Wage $15.20 $16.86 $17.22
      Average Work Hours per Week 44 40 44
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3 2
      Average Hourly Wage $17.95 $17.26
      Average Work Hours per Week 15 32.5
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      ARC Community Services Program Coordinator
      Cottages Of Madison Resident Assistant
      Green County Human Services Department Human Services Case Aide Monroe
      Mobility Training & Independent Living Program Inc Job Coach
      Reach Dane Family Outreach Worker Fitchburg

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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