“The instructors are not simply teachers, but are
truly support systems. It’s absolutely amazing to
sit in class with others who work with children and families.”

Kristie Amato
Associate in Arts, Early Childhood
Education Associate in Applied Science,
Early Childhood Educator Certificate and
Assistant Teacher Certificate graduate

Health and Human Services

Begin your HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CAREER OR Major at black hawk college

The Health and Human Services Department at Black Hawk College offers a variety of health career programs as well as career and transfer options in education and criminal justice.

Health and Human Services Careers
Students enrolled in Health and Human Services programs and courses go on to many different careers:

  • Paramedics
  • Physical therapist assistants
  • Teachers and day care workers
  • Surgical technologists
  • Criminal justice professionals

They go on to work in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, or community agencies. These programs can also provide the foundation for further education in this large and exciting field.

Areas of Focus
Students planning to transfer can prepare for their health and human services majors at BHC. Here are a few sample transfer plans:

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Sport & Fitness Management

Where do you want to transfer?
If you already have a transfer school in mind, your advisor will customize a transfer plan for that college or university. BHC also has many transfer guides and agreements already established with four-year institutions in a variety of majors.
Transfer Guides and Agreements »


Department HIGHLIGHTS

Surgical Tech students working together in scrubs Hands-on Training
Many programs have internships that allow and encourage you to get involved in the community and experience immediate hands-on application of what you are learning in the classroom. In addition, BHC has state-of-the-art facilities that offer hands-on learning in specialized fields.

  • Health Sciences Center – Three-story facility with eight highly specialized labs.
  • Forensics lab

Student Clubs and Events
Here are just a few of the student clubs and events going on at the Quad-Cities Campus.

  • BHC 5K Hustle
  • Health Career Exploration Days
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The Black Hawk College Foundation has many scholarships for students studying health and human services. These and many others can be found at the BHC scholarships page.
  • BHC Presidential Scholarship: In-district high school seniors in the top 10% of their graduating class at the end of seven semesters are eligible for the Black Hawk College Presidential Scholars Award.
  • Transfer scholarships are also available at many transfer institutions.

Career and Transfer Program Information
If you plan to go right into the workforce after graduation, you can earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree by enrolling in one of the career programs offered through the department. If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Associate in Science 1545 AS Degree 64 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyCommunication, Humanities and LanguagesEnglish and ReadingHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Science & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences
Associate in Arts 1045 AA Degree 64 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyCommunication, Humanities and LanguagesEnglish and ReadingHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Science & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences
Criminal Justice Certificate 5749 Certificate 30 Trade and Technical Career Programs Health and Human Services law
Criminal Justice Technology (AAS) 5149 AAS Degree 60 Trade and Technical Career Programs Health and Human Services law, law enforcement
Early Childhood Educator Certificate 5363 Certificate 30 Early Childhood Education Career Programs Health and Human Services
Assistant Teacher Certificate 5761 Certificate 18 Early Childhood Education Career Programs Health and Human Services
Early Childhood Education (AAS) 5362 AAS Degree 60 Early Childhood Education Career Programs Health and Human Services
Surgical Technology (AAS) 5173 AAS Degree 61 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services surgical technology, surg tech, health sciences
Patient Care Assistant Certificate 5965 Certificate 24 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services
Radiologic Technology (AAS) 5071 AAS Degree 65 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services
Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS) 5179 AAS Degree 72 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate 5584 Certificate 33 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services
Medical Assisting Certificate 5864 Certificate 30 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services
Health Information Management (AAS) 5292 AAS Degree 63 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate 5639 Certificate 50 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services EMT
Associate in Applied Science EMS-Paramedic (AAS) 5039 AAS Degree 70 Health Sciences Career Programs Health and Human Services