Help people overcome challenges and hardships as a social services mental health professional. Choose from certificate programs that prepare you for immediate employment and associate degree options for transfer to a four-year college.


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Pierce's Social Service Mental Health program incorporates strong academic and classroom training with specialized coursework designed to give students the practical knowledge, values, and skills they'll need in the workforce.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts careers in the social service mental health field to grow at a very high rate of 30 percent. Trained professionals are needed to help meet this growing demand.


The DTA option transfers to any public or private four-year college or university. The associate's degree in Social Service Mental Health transfers directly to The Evergreen State College and St. Martin's University.

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Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Testing Center.

Certificates can be earned in about a year (36 credits). The associate's degree options take about two years (90-plus credits).

All classes are held at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood.

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