Direct Support Provider III Credential

Next Start TimeDurationFormatCredits
Fall 20241 semesterOnline + Fieldwork7
dsp III


Direct Service Providers III work with individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to support their full integration into their environments and communities. By completing the Direct Service Provider III microcredential, you will build on the foundations in the DSP I and DSP II credentials, strengthen your skills and knowledge regarding ethical work in Health Care, and gain a basic knowledge of psychology! Through immersive fieldwork, you will also gain hands-on skills like community safety for program participants. Completion of this microcredential will result in gaining 15 NADSP Badges. 

Searchable job titles may include:

  • Direct Service Provider III 
  • Residential House Supervisor 


The Direct Service Provider III Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires students to earn a passing grade in three courses and typically takes one semester to complete. These three courses can be applied towards the Human Services A.S. or A.A.S. degree. Courses are offered fully online. 

  • HLTH 230 Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • PSYC 103 Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
  • HUMS 122 DSP III Field Work (1 credits)

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Our Partners

Thank you to NADSP and OPWDD for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates. Regional employers that typically recruit for these roles, include:

  • Unity House 
  • Racker 
  • Madison/Cortland ARC 

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Financing your Microcredential

There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • If you're already working as a DSP, your costs can be covered by a grant from OPWDD.
  • Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs is now available for many microcredentials at TC3! For more information the HESC website. A valid FAFSA must be on file to be eligible. To apply and for questions, contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Sarah Dockstater at
  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. 


Fall 2024 Session
Fall 2024HLTH230Asynchronous, Online
Fall 2024PSYC103Asynchronous, Online
Fall 2024HUMS122Fieldwork