Academic Catalog

Trauma Studies, Certificate of Competency (TSC)

Effective: Fall 2021

The Trauma Studies 15-25 college-credit certificate program provides students, paraprofessionals, and professionals with the skills to recognize trauma and understand trauma outcomes and societal response to trauma, across disciplines.

A Certificate of Competency in Trauma Studies will be awarded upon completion of this curriculum with a 2.0 GPA and a “C” or better in all five Trauma Studies courses.

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students should be able to:

  • Understand trauma-related issues.
  • Identify techniques and interventions for responding to those who have experienced
  • Recognize the impact of trauma on the helper and the importance of self-care.
  • Access and communicate findings from trauma-related research.

The College will award a certificate of competency to students who complete an approved credit-bearing career program that requires less than 30 credits. General education courses may not be required for programs that have less than 30 credits. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least six credit hours must be in courses that are awarded grade points.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
PSY 140 General Psychology 3
Two Trauma Related Courses 6-16
The Youthful Offender  
Humans and the Environment  
Early Childhood Development  
Children Families and Community  
Incident Management  
Emergency Planning  
Leadership and Influence  
Search and Rescue  
Emergency Management Seminar  
Earth Science  
Trauma Assessment and Management *  
Operations and Special Patient Populations *  
Introduction to Fire Protection  
Fire and Arson Investigation  
American History I  
American History II  
World Civilizations I  
World Civilizations II  
Civil War and Reconstruction  
African-American History  
History of the First World War  
History of the Second World War  
Women in History  
Mindfulness Education and Stress Reduction for College Students: The Art of Breathing  
Introduction to Law Enforcement *  
Principles of Criminal Investigation *  
Crisis Management *  
Emergency Response Training *  
Concepts and Practice I *  
Concepts and Practice II *  
Concepts and Practice III *  
Concepts and Practice IV *  
Paralegal Experience and Legal Ethics 2  
Family Law  
Criminal Law and Procedure  
Foundations of Addiction  
Human Sexuality  
Lifespan Human Development  
Abnormal Psychology  
Social Psychology  
Experiences in Diversity  
Child Development  
Adolescent Psychology  
Intro to Biological Psychology  
Adulthood and Aging  
Social Problems  
Cultural Anthropology  
Experiences in Diversity  
The Sociology of Race And Immigration  
Social Psychology  
Introduction to Social Work and Human Services  
Domestic Violence: Impact on Individuals, Families and Communities  
Social Welfare Policy  
Second Semester
Accelerated Term I  
TSC 230 Recognizing Trauma 3
Accelerated Term II  
TSC 236 Trauma Outcomes and Societal Response 3
 Total Hours15-25

This elective requires admittance into a particular DCCC program prior to enrolling; prerequisites must be met prior to enrolling in the course as part of the Trauma Studies certificate


Students may only apply this course to the certificate if their Internship is through the Family Advocacy Clinic.