WHO MAY ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM?
There are no academic prerequisites for the RHS Program. Any person currently working for a regional health corporation, employed to deliver village-based human services, or recognized by his or her community as a natural helper or healer may enroll. A high school diploma or GED, and previous training or work experience in the delivery of village-based human services are recommended but are not required. Students writing and math skills are assessed and referral to an appropriate course placement is made.
WHERE IS THE PROGRAM DELIVERED?
RHS Programs are now available at five branches of the College of Rural & Community Development (CRCD): (contacts page) Interior-Aleutians Campus in Fairbanks; CRCD office in Anchorage; Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome (inactive).
Training sessions are held at different sites around the state. Each location holds different expectations in terms of its structure and situation. Each supervisor is notified prior to courses beginning of all site requirements pertinent to that region, such as where, when, expectation, etc.
HOW IS THE PROGRAM DELIVERED?
Most courses are delivered in intensive, residential week-long formats. Training sessions last from one to three weeks. Since most students are also working, it usually takes four semesters to earn a RHS Certificate.
HOW THE RURAL HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM FITS WITH OTHER UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS?
RHS provides entry-level training and skill development and enhancement for people who are currently employed in organizations and agencies that deliver village-based human services. Besides providing students with introductory training and skills, the program may serve as a bridge between the workplace and higher education. The program may also serve as a stepping stone to other careers. Students who complete the program may choose to take additional university courses toward an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in human service or toward a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in social work or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in rural development or psychology.
WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS?
On average, the program takes 2 years (4 semesters) to complete and requires 32 credits. Each week of the traditional sessions, a two-credit class is presented. Students have a take-home project for each class. In addition, there is an English requirement and 100 hours of practicum work. Classes are listed a on a separate page.
*Please contact the region in which you are interested for student advising.
In order to graduate, students must fulfill the UAF English requirement. Students are tested for appropriate placement in an English course which for many, is taught during evening sessions and/or by audio conference.
If students have attended any other college (besides any branch of the University of Alaska), we will need an official transcript. There is usually a small fee for obtaining this.
Students will be enrolled in a 4-credit practicum during their enrollment, generally their last semester. The students’ supervisors will be actively involved in practicum choice and process. A Practicum Manual will be provided that spells out the process and requirements. A faculty member will meet with the supervisor in person or by phone to detail the partnership.
ACADEMIC TRACKS AFTER RHS
Upon completion of all program requirements, students receive a Certificate (diploma) from UAF. It is equivalent to one year of college credit. Students who want to continue their formal education can apply these credits to Human Services, Bachelors in Social Work, or other behavioral health bachelor’s degrees.
TRAINING SESSION COSTS
The costs of for the training sessions may vary from site to site depending on course schedules. Each supervisor and/or corporation will be notified of costs pertinent to that region. There are additional charges for the Practicum and English classes. Tuition is due six weeks before the session begins. Refund policy is: 4 weeks notice, full refund; 2 weeks notice, half refund, and less than two weeks notice, no refund.
Travel arrangements and costs are the employer's responsibility. The least expensive fares are usually booked at least 21 days in advance. Completion ceremonies recognize the students' accomplishments. Supervisors are strongly encouraged to budget money to attend depending on the region.