Transfer Programs


Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies and with a Specialization in Developmental Disabilities


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 required to provide professional delivery of services to individuals with a developmental disability. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Graduates should qualify for positions in family services, social services, rehabilitation, and educational agencies that provide services and supports to disabled individuals in the community.

Occupational Objectives: 

This degree will prepare current licensed providers and students who wish to become licensed providers with essential knowledgeto 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, Developmental Disabilities 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 (HMS 100 and HMS 162), 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
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 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 121 Intellectual Disabilities I 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 1 0 1
HMS 162 Communication Skills for Human Services Providers 3 0 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 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:   PHI 101 PHI 220, REL 200 

Humanities Elective (HUM 100) 3 0 3
Elective1 Humanities Elective (PHI 101 or REL 200) 3 0 3
HMS 190/ HMS 290 Coordinated Internship or Coordinated Internship in Human Services 3 0 3
MEN 295 Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 0 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15


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