The Bridge to Career Program:

What Students will Learn


Students with developmental disabilities who qualify for the Bridge to Career in Human Service program will have access to pre-program supports. Supports include: transition assistance, pre-program training which will detail the structure of the course and how to be successful, housing assistance, and more.


First Semester

The first semester of the Bridge to Career in Human Service Certificate Program will provide both core competency and enrichment classes to students, preparing them to work as Direct Support Professionals in a wide range of community settings.

Students must successfully complete the classroom component of the program in order to be placed in a paid practicum for the second semester. Course content and competency testing will be modified based on individual learning styles and needs.

The enrichment courses offer students skill sets that exceed the minimum requirements community service providers may be able to offer. These additional skills should afford graduates broader opportunities to be employed as a Direct Support Professional.


  • What is the Role of a Direct Support Professional?

  • CPR and First Aid

  • Identifying, Reporting, and Avoiding Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation

  • Confidentiality

  • History of Disability

  • Self-determination/Disability Rights

  • Medication Management

  • Lifting/Transferring

  • Basic Computer Skills

  • Medication Management



  • Self-determination

  • Person-Centered Thinking

  • Person-Centered Plan Facilitation

  • Community Inclusion

  • Assistive Technology

  • Supportive and Respectful Communication

  • Supporting Friendships and Relationships

  • Positive Behavior Supports

  • Community Settings

Students will attend the first semester classroom component of the program up to 5 hours per day. Not all activity will occur in a classroom setting, and students will engage in a great deal of small group learning experiences. Further, B2C/PATHS students will be encouraged to actively participate in a service organization on the Texas A&M campus to facilitate a broader social network.

Second Semester

Students who successfully complete the first semester classroom component of the program will meet the minimum requirements to be employed by a community provider in a community setting. The paid practicum will offer students hands-on training as a temporary employee in a community setting serving people with disabilities and older people. B2C/PATHS staff will provide supervision and support in partnership with the community provider to ensure the student gains critical direct skill development. At the end of the practicum, the student will receive an evaluation from staff and the community provider to determine successful completion of the practicum. Successful completion of the PATHS program will provide graduates with immediate employment opportunities from their practicum site. Additional job placement supports will also be available to graduates through a provider referral network.


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