Client Centered

Undergraduate Minor - 21 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

BVU’s client centered minor is designed for individuals who work directly with clients in human services related agencies.

Program Description:

This program provides students with the knowledge to develop strong interpersonal communication skills that will prepare them for a wide variety of career options. The curriculum combines courses in learning and motivation, family relationships, child and family welfare, human relations and psychology, among others, to equip students with skills that can be applied to positions across a wide variety of organizations.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Social and human service assistant
  • Community health worker
  • Social workers
  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Online
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake
  • West Burlington

Client Centered Courses (5 courses from)

  • EDCO 240 Development of the School-Age Child
  • EDCO 245 Learning and Motivation: School-Age Children
  • EDCO 370 Human Relations
  • HMSV 351 Aging in American Society
  • HMSV 352 Child and Family Welfare
  • HMSV 353 Social Interventions with Families
  • SCWK 270 Family Relationships
  • SOCI 361 Racism and Sexism in American Life
  • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 364 Industrial Psychology
  • 6 credit hours of upper division electives from PSYC, SCWK, or SOCI
Admissions criteria for the Client Centered program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Client Centered program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

Don't miss the opportunity for financial aid. Fill out the FAFSA at and use BVU's institution code.

The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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