Columbus State Community College Human Services Assistant Certificate


This is a 16.5 credit-hour program for students who have an intellectual or developmental disability and an interest in developing skills needed to assist others. Students will learn about various disabilities, needed supports, interventions and tools to be a successful worker. Students participate in two clinical practicum experiences in a variety of human services agencies. While course work is adapted to meet the needs of the students, in order to enroll in the certificate program students must have a proven ability to participate appropriately in a classroom and/or professional work setting. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an assistant in the Developmental Disabilities / Habilitation field.

Students accepted into the program that have an intellectual disability may also be enrolled as a student in the COMPETE program. Information on the COMPETE program will be provided to students that meet COMPETE eligibility requirements.

Admission Requirements

Students must participate in an interview with the Certificate advisor and then apply to Columbus State Community College. As part of the application process, students should take the placement test and complete and submit the Human Services Assistant (HSA) application packet. The HSA application must include three recommendations from past/current teachers, work study coordinators, employers, service coordinators, etc. In addition, applicants must submit their most recent IEP and ETR, an up-to-date psychological evaluation (within the past two years), and an official high school transcript. Applicants must meet Ohio’s background check requirements to work with individuals with a developmental disability. Acceptance based on completion of above requirements, available openings and applicants determined to be most likely to be successful by admissions committee.

Ongoing Requirements:

Students are required to participate in two semesters of practicum and must have transportation to practicum sites. Students should ensure financial aid eligibility, scholarships, grants, or loans or otherwise plan for payment of fees.

Provider Information
Mandy Mernedakis
550 E. Spring Street, Union Hall 232, Columbus, OH