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Human Services Assistant Certificate Program

Human Services Assistant Certificate Program
Columbus State Community College
Human Services Assistant Certificate Program
550 E. Spring Street
Union Hall 232
Columbus, OH 43215
Program Contact Mandy Mernedakis
Phone 614.287.5098


This is a 16.5 credit-hour, over 3 semesters, certificate for students who have an intellectual or developmental disability. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an assistant in the Developmental Disabilities field. Students participate in two clinical practicum experiences in a variety of human service agencies. Supports are available as needed and approriate.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 10
Deadline to apply to this program: April prior to Summer term
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 and up
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 85%
Retention rate: 0%
Tuition amount: $2,700.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

Students take typical college courses with the other students in the program. Courses are taught utilizing universal design, small group instruction with a teaching assistant and faculty in classroom.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students go through the program as a cohort, taking classes that are modified.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Human Services Assistant Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 27%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Yes, career focus is working as an assistant with people that have disabilities. Students have secured work as assistants in pre-schools that serve individuals with disabilities, school age programs, adult day programs and programs for seniors.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: More than 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have participated in open gym, joined the gospel choir, worked out in fitness center, joined a club, went to basketball games, volunteered on Day of Service activities, etc.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 13:51