Degrees & Certificates

Human Services

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Certificate of Achievement


If a community is as strong as its weakest link, an empathetic and perceptive practitioner can help reinforce and rebuild those links by impacting and improving the lives of community members.

Waubonsee’s Human Services Program is designed to develop the skills needed for a career focused on human behavior in today’s society. Read the handbook (pdf) for more information on program requirements, course specializations, and the internship process.

The industry has positive job outlooks and promising earning potential—and more importantly, the opportunity to help people overcome their mental, emotional and physical challenges. 

The Health Professions and Public Service office can provide further guidance and information. Please contact (630) 870-3900 or


Studying Human Services at Waubonsee

Waubonsee’s trained instructors ensure that you'll be prepared for employment in a variety of social service organizations. Curriculum focuses on key aspects of mental health and behavior: substance abuse, addiction, PTSD and other conditions. Students also explore and develop essential skills and approaches to assessment, counseling, crisis interventions and other important dynamics.

On-site experiences at local agencies encourage students to study human services specializations, providing up-close exposure to and engagement with various career areas.

Program Recognition and Outcomes


Waubonsee’s Substance Use Disorder Counseling Program is accedited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA), a recognition of quality as well assurance that your credits can transfer to a four-year university program.

Career Program Outcomes

See what you'll be able to do once you complete one of our career-focused AAS degree or certificate programs.

Internships and CADC Post-Baccalaureate

Students interested in pursuing enrollment in HSV230 and 240 Addictions Counseling Seminar and Field Experience courses and/or the Alcohol/Drug Counselor Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Achievement Program must review and complete the applicable sections of the Human Services Post-Bacc Application and Internship Agreement Packet (PDF) and return required sections to Michael Moran, Assistant Professor of Human Services, at

Costs and Payments


Learn how affordable your dreams can be at Waubonsee.


Meet Your Faculty


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Working in Human Services

Human services professionals become vital counselors and confidants for youth and adults in a variety of settings—from community organizations and schools to government agencies and even medical facilities.

Our program’s advanced accreditation from the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) is an advantage to our students, graduates and faculty.

Graduates of our Human Services AAS Degree Program can become Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors (CADC) and enter the workforce more quickly. Waubonsee graduates and faculty also have a high pass rate on the IAODAPCA’s Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Examination.

Career Prospects

Interested in a career in Human Services? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.



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Gainful Employment

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Student Achievement Data

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