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Human ServicesDisability Supports & Services Concentration


Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2014 Kingstec Campus • Kentville New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Marconi Campus • Sydney New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Truro Campus • Truro New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Change Notification

Starting in September 2014, the Human Services program will be replaced with 3 new diploma programs: Child & Youth Care, Social Services, and Therapeutic Recreation. 2nd year concentration options of the Human Services diploma program are only available in the 2014-15 Academic Year (concentrations start in September 2014).

Concentration Overview

The Disability Supports & Services concentration is a 2nd year option of the Human Services diploma program.

In this concentration, you gain the skills and knowledge to help people with intellectual, physical and mental health disabilities become fully included and participating members of society.

You learn to facilitate inclusion, establish networks among communities, create person-centred plans of action, and be part of a team that empowers individuals as they build life skills and develop strategies to enhance quality of life. The direct support you offer will increase and improve individuals' living, work, leisure, and recreational options. This is an immensely rewarding career for individuals who enjoy learning from, and about, people with disabilities.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Favourite"My Service Learning placement where I taught a course to people with mental illnesses."
  2. Highlight"Nutrition Class – we made a different meal every class."
  3. Cool Activity"The faculty is amazing at preparing for you for the field of work."

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of Human Services - Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Human Services program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) and/or work experience that meets the Academic Requirements of the first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program Requirements

Choose NSCC

  • You get hands-on learning and an opportunity to network with the service providers, non-profit agencies and advocacy groups that you will work with throughout your career.
  • You learn in an environment built on the philosophy of inclusion.
  • Learn current best practices for this field. This program exceeds the standards of practice set by the Department of Community Services, and faculty members have been called upon, as recognized experts, to advise the provincial department in setting those standards.
  • In demand skills – Disability Supports & Services workers make up the largest human services workforce in Nova Scotia, and NSCC graduates are in the highest demand by community homes and work, leisure, and recreational settings provincially.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates may find employment in services for individuals in work, leisure, and recreational settings, and in community homes.

Other Info

  • Online Courses – You may be required to complete some courses online.
  • Shift work is an integral part of this occupation

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
HSES 2020   Introduction to Exceptionalities
HSES 2030   Supporting Health, Safety and Daily Routines
HSRV 2002   Mental Health Issues
HSRV 2007   Life Planning
HSRV 2010   Foundations of Inclusive Practice
HSRV 3000   Vocational Service
HSRV 3001   Behavioral Strategies
HSRV 3002   Assistive Technologies and Communication Strategies
HSRV 3003   Medication/Drug Awareness
HSRV 3015   Nutrition & Meal Planning
HSRV 3016   Professional Development and Documentation
HSRV 3040   Residential Practicum
HSRV 3050   Vocational Practicum
HUSV 3004   Advanced Helping Applications

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