Focus Area: Counseling

Whether guiding students toward their goals or assisting individuals to better their lives, the career of a counselor is “Life. Changing.”

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term All Terms
Length of Program 6 Terms (18 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)


Do you have a desire to help others? Do you have a knack for communicating well? Do your friends tend to come to you for advice?  Then counseling may be the career path for you!  Our Counseling Focus Area at Indian Hills is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of counseling to prepare them for transfer to a four-year college to continue their education. Students that choose to focus on the area of school counseling should follow the recommended coursework for elementary or secondary teaching. Students choosing to focus on the area of mental health counseling should follow the recommended coursework for psychology or social work.  


What you will learn:
  • Communication skills
  • Use of higher-order thinking skills
  • Admission requirements for many four- year college counseling programs
  • Employ analytical and problem-solving skills


Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the details of this Focus Area below to see how our courses at Indian Hills Community College will help you get on your way to a Life.Changing. career as a School Guidance Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, or a Social Worker!


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Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Jenny!

howkJenny Howk, Program Director, Social Sciences & Business
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5111, ext. 1820 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1820
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