Introduction to Rehabilitation & Human Services Certificate

Introduction to Rehabilitation & Human Services Certificate

The 12-credit Introduction to Rehabilitation & Human Services certificate will prepare you for an entry-level position with a human services organization. Cer­ti­fi­cate holders may work for agencies providing services to persons with physical, emotional, or mental dis­a­bil­ities. They may pursue employment in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol pro­grams, community mental health pro­grams, intellec­tual dis­ability pro­grams, cor­rections systems, and hos­pitals.

Certificate programs are ideal for people who want a short-term academic credential. A credit certificate program can be the gateway to a college degree. Start by completing the credit courses and earning the certificate, and then apply those courses toward a degree.

The four courses in this program are delivered online and will provide a strong foundation for working in a variety of human services settings. Should you want to advance your career further, the credits you earn may be used toward the Penn State course requirements for a baccalaureate degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services offered at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus.

Required Courses

RHS 100: Introduction to Disability Culture
Social and cultural contexts of disability on both a micro and macro levels will be examined. (3 credits)

Dates: Wednesdays; Sept 12-Dec1, 2017
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

HD FS 239: Adolescent Development
Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence. (3 credits)

PSYCH 100: Introductory Psychology
Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications. (3 credits)

SOC 001: Introductory Sociology
The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life. (3 credits)


Who Should Attend?

Are you looking to earn a Penn State credential, but don't have time to complete a degree right now? Do you already have an entry-level position with a human services agency, but feel the need to enhance your résumé or improve your understanding? Thinking about changing careers? Then make this certificate your starting point.

Certificate Program Benefits

Certificate programs provide a flexible, convenient, short-term opportunity for professional development, self-enhancement, and earning a formal academic credential from Penn State. Certificate program courses can “step up,” or apply to academic degrees at Penn State.

Admission to Certificate Program

All courses are open to high-school graduates and to those who have earned a GED. There are no prerequisite courses. No formal application to Penn State is required, but those interested in enrolling must complete a non-degree form.

Financial Aid

Information on financial aid eligibility for part-time students enrolled in credit certificate programs is available by contacting Diana Coslett at Penn State Wilkes-Barre at (570) 675-9242 or by visiting the our Financial Aid web page.


Courses will delivered online through Penn State Wilkes-Barre in Lehman and the Northern Tier Center in Towanda. The courses will be delivered via Angel, Penn State’s online course management system. Registered students will need an active Penn State Access Account to complete the courses, which can be attained by visiting the Continuing Education department at either location.