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  • BS in Behavioral Health Counseling


    Drexel University’s online Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling program offers an innovative curriculum for those interested in helping people with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders. Featuring a competency-based curriculum that addresses the growing need for skilled, direct service providers, you'll learn a broad range of evidence-based practices associated with individual and group counseling, person-centered assessment and treatment planning, psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery-oriented treatment of substance-use disorders, child and family-focused interventions, and other essential clinical skills in demand by behavioral health care employers. You will graduate from this program with both a comprehensive understanding of the bio-psychosocial origins and impact of behavioral disorders, and the skills needed to promote wellness.

    You will learn how to:

    • Establish rapport with people with disabilities and assess for strengths and deficits
    • Develop service plans, promote shared-decision making, and facilitate motivation for change
    • Form partnerships with family caregivers, navigate systems of care, and advocate for people with disabilities

    Online Bachelor's Degree Fair

    Drexel University’s undergraduate degrees are designed to put you to work. Whether you’re looking to expand your career or move into a new field, Drexel has the bachelor's program for you. Join us on May 31st from 2 to 4 p.m. to learn more and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    What Can You Do With A Behavioral Health Degree?

    Graduates of a behavioral health degree program typically find employment in areas such as:

    • Addictions Counseling
    • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
    • Individual and Group Counseling
    • Family and Child Support Services
    • Residential Services
    • Case Management and Services Coordination
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Forensic Mental Health Services

    Program Features

    • Faculty, who are experienced behavioral health professionals, bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to the classroom, and are renowned for their research and clinical practice experience
    • Access to stimulating learning environments, interdisciplinary health care scenarios, and active learning activities that go beyond conventional readings and lectures
    • A skills-based curriculum and innovative hands-on training
    • No on-campus requirements

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    General Education Requirements 
    UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
    CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
    Computing/Communication Requirement3.0
    CS 161
    Introduction to Computing 
    or COM 230
    Techniques of Speaking
    English 9.0
    ENGL 101
    Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 
    ENGL 102
    Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 
    ENGL 103
    Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 
    Life Science3.0
    BIO 100
    Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology 
    or BIO 107
    Cells, Genetics & Physiology
    Mathematics 3.0
    MATH 107
    Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts 
    Humanities and Social Sciences13.0
    ANTH 101
    Introduction to Cultural Diversity 
    PSY 240 
    Abnormal Psychology 
    SOC 101
    Introduction to Sociology 
    Any (1) Four Credit History Course
    Humanities and Social Sciences Electives24.0
    Free Electives54.0
    Behavioral Health Counseling Courses30.0
    BACS 100
    Life Span Human Development 
    BACS 200
    Foundation of Behavioral Health Care 
    BACS 220
    Counseling Theory and Practice 
    BACS 232
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility 
    BACS 234
    Introduction to Addictive Disorders 
    BACS 236
    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices 
    BACS 255
    Multicultural Counseling 
    BACS 301
    Group Counseling I 
    BACS 304
    Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I 
    BACS 401
    Assessment and Treatment Planning 
    Behavioral Health Counseling Electives39.0
    Select 13 From the Following Course List: 
    BACS 230
    Genetics and Mental Health 
    BACS 310
    Recovery and Relapse Prevention 
    BACS 312
    Case Management Methods 
    BACS 320
    Crisis and Brief Intervention 
    BACS 325
    Psychopharmacology for Counselors 
    BACS 345
    Careers in Behavioral Health 
    BACS 350
    Child Psychopathology 
    BACS 360
    Preventing Substance Abuse 
    BACS 367
    Advanced Counseling Intervention 
    BACS 368
    Addictions Counseling with Special Populations 
    BACS 370
    Problem Gambling Interventions 
    BACS 380
    Trauma-Informed Care 
    BACS 390
    Special Topics in Mental Health 
    BACS 404
    Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling II 
    BACS 405
    Family-Focused Interventions 
    BACS 410
    Child and Adolescent Support 
    BACS 411
    Forensic Behavior Health Service 
    BACS 412
    Group Counseling II 
    BACS 414
    Co-Occurring Disorders 
    BACS 420
    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies 
    BACS 430
    Behavioral Health and Aging  
    BACS 490
    Senior Research Project 
    Total Credits180.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A minimum of 24 previous college credits with a grade of C or better
      • If you don't meet this prerequisite you're still encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director
    • College GPA of 2.5 or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $489 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $814 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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