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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'll 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

    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.


    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 NH101 The Drexel Experience 1.0
    CIVC 101 Introduction to Civic Engagement 1.0
    Computing/Communication Requirement 3.0
    CS 150
    Computer Science Principles  
    or COM 230
    Techniques of Speaking
    English 9.0
    ENGL 101
    or ENGL 111
    Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
    English Composition I
    ENGL 102
    or ENGL 112
    Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
    English Composition II
    ENGL 103
    or ENGL 113
    Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
    English Composition III
    Life Science 3.0
    BIO 100
    Applied Cells, Genetics, & Physiology  
    or BIO 107
    or BIO 161
    or BIO 164
    Cells, Genetics, & Physiology
    General Biology I
    General Biology Laboratory I
    Mathematics 3.0
    MATH 107
    Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts  
    or MATH 100
    Fundamentals of Mathematics
    Humanities and Social Science 13.0
    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 Electives 24.0
    Free Electives 54.0
    Behavioral Health Counseling Courses 30.0
    BACS 100
    or PSY 120
    Life Span Human Development
    Developmental Psychology
    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 Electives 39.0
    Select 13 From the Following:  
    BACS 210
    Behavioral Disorders  
    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 Credits 180.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • GPA of 2.5 or above
        • If you don't meet these prerequisites you're still encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores no more than five years old
        • 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 2019-2020 is $513 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $855 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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

    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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