Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies | BridgeValley



Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Are you interested in a career that develops the potential and promotes the worth of each individual? BridgeValley's Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies (HSRS) program provides a strong foundation for work in a variety of health and human service-related fields and organizations providing services to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. A specific emphasis is placed on working with children and adults with disabilities in human service and rehabilitation settings.


The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Employment of substance  abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies. Demand is particularly strong for rehabilitation, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors because drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than to jail. 

Graduates can expect to find employment in:

  • Private and Non-profit Treatment Facilities
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Local and State governments
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Family services organizations
  • Residential faciilties


First Semester    
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ATEC  105 OR
ATEC 115
Computer Literacy OR Fundamentals of Business
Computer Applications
HSRS 120 Introduction to Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies 3
HSRS 125 Crisis Prevention 3
HSRS 232 Substance Abuse Disorders 3
  Semester Total 15
Second Semester    
COMM 100 Oral Communication 3
PSYC  101 OR
PSYC 201
General Psychology OR Lifespan Development 3
MATH Any College Level Math 3
HSRS 123 Psychiatric Rehabilitation I 3
HSRS 126 Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps 3
HSRS Elective Restricted Elective (Any HSRS course outside of major) 3
  Semester Total 18
Third Semester    
BIOL Any college level Biology Course 3
HSRS 221 Psychiatric Rehabilitation II 3
HSRS 223 Leadership and Accountability in Behavioral Systems 3
HSRS 230 Developmental Disabilities 3
HSRS 231 Psychiatric Disabilities 3
  Semester Total 15
Fourth Semester    
HSRS 295 Human Services Seminar 1
HSRS 222 Psychiatric Rehabilitation III 3
HSRS 225 Psychiatric Rehabilitation IV:  Practicum (240 hours) 3
HSRS  Any HSRS elective outside of major 2
HUMN 101 Introduction to Humanities 3
  Semester Total 12


Ashley Lewis, MA
Department Chair
Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
2001 Union Carbide Dr.
South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: 304.205.6677