Degree: Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies with a specialization in Community and Provider Services
Development Length: Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes in supporting those with mental illness and intellectual deficits. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, social services, rehabilitation, and educational agencies that provide services and support to individuals with behavioral and intellectual disabilities within a community or institutional setting.
Occupational Objectives: This degree will prepare current licensed providers and students who wish to become licensed providers with essential knowledge to support people with all types of disabilities under the new waiver program. Students with this degree will be prepared to meet the training requirements to support people with disabilities in most levels of the new waiver redesign. Courses delivers to providers needed knowledge to supervise support workers in their program. These disabilities studied include individuals diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and Dually Diagnosed individuals with co-morbid disabilities. Also, a course in positive behavior support techniques is part of this program. Course emphasis is not only on disabilities, but also on documentation, writing and communication skills, which are necessary to become a licensed provider in VA.
Program Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the General Studies, Community and Provider Specialization program requires competency in English and Math – MDE 10 as demonstrated through direct enrollment and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required EDE and/or MDE units or the equivalent.
Internship Requirements: Admission to HMS 290 (Coordinated Internship) is selective and must be approved by the internship coordinator. Eligibility is based on the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (MEN 101, MEN 110 , MEN 121 ) faculty recommendation, expected graduation date, and any relevant internship site requirements. Arrangements for the internship placement are made the semester prior to the one in which the student actually takes the class.
The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.