Transfer Programs


Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies and a specialization in Community and Provider Services


Four-semester (two-year) program


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.

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 Essentials MTE 1-5 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or 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.

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BIO 101 General Biology I 3 3 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
MEN 101 Mental Health Skill Training I 3 0 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 3 14

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BIO 102 General Biology II 3 3 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning 3 0 3
MEN 122 Intellectual Disabilities II 3 0 3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 3 16
Second Year

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3 0 3

Health or PED Electives:  HLT 116, PED 107, PED 109, PED 111,, PED 147 

Health or Physical Education Elective 1 0 1
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 0 3
MEN 195 Topics In Pharmacology & Drug Abuse 3 0 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 0 16

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.

Humanities Electives:  ART 101, CST 151, ENG 211, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, HUM 100, MUS 121, PHI 101, PHI 220, REL 200, REL 210, REL 230 

Transfer Elective (HUM 100) 3 0 3
Elective2 Transfer Elective (PHI 101 or REL 200) 3 0 3
HMS 150 Activities Documentation & Programming 3 0 3
HMS 190 / HMS 290 Coordinated Internship or Coordinated Internship in Human Services 0 9 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 9 15


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