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Mental Health Associate AAS

Mental Health Associate AAS (TP/SS)

Students who plan to major in mental health associate will be assigned the temporary major of pre-mental health associate, with POS code 560, until they are officially admitted to the mental health associate program. Students may take preparatory courses and courses that fulfill general education requirements during the waiting period. As an alternative to being assigned a temporary major, students waiting for admission to the mental health associate program may choose to major in general studies or any other open-admission program. The Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration at Takoma Park will assign a matriculated code once students are admitted to the mental health associate program.

This curriculum is designed to educate a mental health generalist who is trained for a variety of related occupations, rather than for a specific job. Students study a core of general education subjects combined with specialized courses related to a wide spectrum of human services. Part of the curriculum consists of supervised field experiences in several different kinds of agencies and institutions in the field of human services such as those in mental health, mental retardation, gerontology, drugs and alcohol rehabilitation, corrections, and school systems, and in culturally disadvantaged areas.

The mental health associate curriculum has three objectives: (1) to prepare the career student who wants a technical curriculum for immediate paid employment upon graduation, (2) to provide the transfer student with an adequate and yet flexible background so that study may be continue in the field of psychology or some allied field such as sociology or social work, and (3) to permit a student to continue with an education on a part-time basis, while being gainfully employed.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, applicants will be interviewed by the coordinator of the mental health associate curriculum. Personal characteristics such as maturity, aptitude, motivation, previous experience, and evidence of ability to complete the curriculum will be considered.

In addition to the scholastic standards required of all students at the College, students in the mental health associate curriculum are expected to achieve a grade of C or better in each mental health and psychology course. Completion of all requirements for this curriculum will lead to the award of the A.A.S.


General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses
English foundation 3
HLTH 100 Principles of Healthier Living  (HLHF) 1
MATH 117
 Statistics †  (MATF)
Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
Arts  or humanities distribution 3
Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Program Requirements
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
MHLT 101 Introduction to Mental Health I 3
MHLT 102 Introduction to Mental Health II 3
MHLT 112 Group Dynamics I 3
MHLT 200 Practicum / Fieldwork  12
MHLT 208 Activities Therapies
ECON 201
Economics I
POLI 101
American Government‡
MHLT  213 Group Dynamics II 3
PYSC 102 General Psychology 3
PYSC  221 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
  Elective‡ 4
Total credit hours 60

*  ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/103 or general elective

†  MATH 117 recommended for student interested in transferring to a four year institution for social science

‡  See Program coordinator for help with course selection

Program Outcomes for the Mental Health AAS  Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the mental health movement as it relates to human service professionals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current trends in the delivery of human services.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of the effective human service professionals.
  • Apply interview and related skills to demonstrate that they can communicate effectively in verbal and written language.
  • Apply skills learned through agency paper assignment and be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written language.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics theory.
  • Apply non-verbal communication skills to fieldwork.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership skills and the application of current group methods.
  • Apply skills learned from fieldwork assignment and to communicate effectively through verbal and written language.

    Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
    Courses in italics meet General Education requirements

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