Friday, November 8, 2019

Introducing the NEW Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership

Peirce College is proud to continue its tradition of serving the unique needs of working adults and employers through the ongoing evolution of its programs in business, information technology, healthcare, leadership, and legal studies that provide students with academic excellence, flexibility, and personalized support.

In alignment with this tradition, Peirce College is excited to introduce the new Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership (HSL) program launching in January 2020.

Informed by our community college partners and area human services employers, the HSL program is distinct from existing programs in Health Information Technology (HIT,) Health Information Administration (HIA), Healthcare Administration (HCA), and Medical Coding (MCC). The HSL program prepares graduates for leadership roles in public and private human services agencies, including, but not limited to, schools, hospitals, child welfare, group homes, community centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, mental health clinics, and recreational facilities. Its mission is to develop eager students into culturally affirming, and justice-oriented agents of change in communities, both small and large.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and human service professionals is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors are attributed to the expected growth including a growing aging population and a projected increase in the number of people seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. 

Developing new academic offerings aligned with industry-valued standards remains a priority for the College. Peirce is a Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) member and the HSL program aligns with the National Standards for Baccalaureate Degrees in Human Services. The Standards assisted in creating a curriculum with seamless and transfer-friendly pathways for Human Services AS degree graduates to continue their education at Peirce. For those without an AS in Human Services or related field, the program allows up to 102 transfer credits.

The early part of the HSL program focuses on coursework in Human Development, Basic Helping and Counseling Skills, Human Services Delivery Systems, Cultural Awareness for Health and Human Service Professional, and Case Management Skills, for example. Upper-level coursework focuses on Violence and Trauma in Society, Ethics in Human Service Leadership, Health and Human Service Research Method, and Nonprofit Management, and Strategic Planning and Organizational Development in Healthcare, for example. 

Peirce College is proud to have collaborated with subject matter expert and lead content developer, Dr. Kate Watson who is a graduate of Drexel’s School of Public Health and who brings a wealth of expertise to the HSL program. A practitioner with extensive experience and diverse background, Dr. Watson is President of The Advocacy Academy, a member of the Board of Directors for The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and a consultant to several branches of the United States military. She is a long-standing and valued member of the Peirce faculty and currently teaches courses in Healthcare Administration and Criminal Justice. 

To learn more about our Human Services Leadership Program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or