Rural Human Services

College of Rural and Community Development

Occupational Endorsement

The rural human services programs are designed to develop strong and healthy rural Alaska Native individuals, families and communities. They provide entry-level training for students preparing for careers as natural helpers/healers in village-based public, private and volunteer human service organizations. The curriculum draws extensively on resource people from the Native community and reflects a strong multicultural orientation that validates, incorporates and builds on Native values and principles.

The occupational endorsement is a concentrated course of study focused on rural behavioral health services. The endorsement meets the training requirements for Behavioral Health Aide I credentials as developed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The endorsement can also serve as a steppingstone to the certificate. Both the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium are currently developing and defining competencies and credentials for Alaska behavioral health care workers. The occupational endorsement program directly parallels the entry-level competencies training required under these new systems.

Admission is open to anyone employed by a regional Native health corporation or local entity providing village-based human services, or to individuals recognized by their communities as natural helpers/healers. A high school diploma or GED and/or previous training or work experience in the delivery of village-based human services are recommended but not required.

This program is delivered collaboratively within the UA system. Applicants must be 18 years old to be admitted.

Complete the following admissions requirement:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the semester in which you are admitted.

Minimum Requirements for Occupational Endorsement: 16 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Occupational Endorsement Requirements
Complete the occupational endorsement requirements.
Program Requirements
RHS F110Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills1
RHS F115Issues of Personal Development2
RHS F120Family Systems I2
RHS F130Processes of Community Change2
RHS F140Alaska Native Values and Principles1
RHS F150Introduction to Rural Counseling2
RHS F260Addictions: Intervention and Treatment2
RHS F275Introduction to Recovery and Mental Illness2
RHS F285Case Management2
Total Credits16

Note: See your advisor if you are not sure which catalog year to use.