North Idaho College will offer a new associate of science (A.S.) degree next fall in human services. The new degree meets general education core requirements at all Idaho public universities. The degree prepares students for further study leading to a baccalaureate degree in human services, psychology, social work, justice studies, and more.
Currently NIC offers a one year technical certificate and two-year associate of applied science degree (A.A.S) in human services. Students completing the current A.A.S. degree will be able to obtain the A.S. degree by taking an additional six credits.
Lewis-Clark State College is now requiring an A.S. to enter their social work program.
J.R. Seaman, a social work professor at Lewis-Clark State College said, “Elevating the program from a technical status to academic program status dramatically increases the ease for transferring credits to the Lewis-Clark State social work program. Students meeting the A.S. degree requirements at NIC can transfer "core complete" to LC, making for a seamless, smooth transition and eliminating gaps in core curriculum areas. It would also elevate the degree in the eyes of the human services market where some graduates go for work experience before they come back to school to complete their bachelor of social work degree. I believe all will find this A.S. program to be beneficial in helping the student complete their baccalaureate degrees.”
Now approximately 50 percent of the students completing the A.A.S. degree go on to obtain a bachelor’s degree. With this new program expansion, it is expected that more NIC students will continue on with their education.
“This enhances the student’s ability to grow their career,” said NIC human services instructor Sue Hill Crowley.
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