Residential Child-Youth Care

Why Choose NPC's Residential Child-Youth Care?

Know how to manage time effectively?

Have patience and understanding?

Possess good communication skills?

Couple these with working with children and young adults in residential group care facilities, and you might find a rewarding career as a Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant.

NPC's Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant program was created to provide training for workers at reservation boarding school dormitories, to meet mandated requirements for educational growth for workers. These skills can also be applied in group homes or even private residences.

A Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant provides help in everyday living and guidance in completing tasks. Blending a mixture of Early Childhood Development and Human Services courses, students gain an understanding of child development, guidance principles and techniques for managing a child's behavior. Completing general education courses leads to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, which can serve as the foundation for additional studies to become a classroom aide or eventually, a teacher.

About Our Program

NPC's Residential Child/Youth Assistant program combines courses from several disciplines into a Certificate of Proficiency (CP), Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Degree/Certificate Options

  • Child/Youth Care Certificate of Proficiency (CP) • 19 credits

  • Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant
      Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) • 36 credits

  • Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant
      Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree • 64 credits

See Current College Catalog for specific requirements

Career Opportunities

Employment of residential child/youth assistants is projected to grow below the average for all occupations. Employment growth tends to be in residential units for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health or substance abuse facilities.

The median annual salary for residential child/youth assistants ranged from $19,940 to $31,300 in May 2012, with higher ranges being in specialized disability or substance abuse facilities. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.)

Online Course Options

ENL 101 College Composition I
(required for the CAS)

ENL 102 College Composition II
(required for the AAS)

Contact Us

Dr. Eric Henderson

Tawa Center
Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus

(800) 266-7845, ext. 7350

Completion/Cost Data

59 Students Enrolled
& Fees
CP: Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant $1,380 1
CP: Substance Abuse Counseling $935 1
CAS $2,534 1
AAS $4,248 1
None.  NPC does NOT participate
in any student loans.

On-Time Completion Rate: Data not available. "Standard time" requires full time enrollment and only 27% of NPC students typically attend on a full-time basis. No 2011-12 students completed residential child/youth care certificates in "standard time."

AAS 64  
CAS 36  
CP: Residential Child/
Youth Care Assistant
CP: Substance Abuse Counseling 15  

CP = Certificate of Proficiency
CAS = Certificate of Applied Science
AAS = Associate of Applied Science Degree