Programs Overview

Students interested in the behavioral health counseling major can choose from a variety of program options including full-time or part-time study, co-operative work experience, or two minor programs of study. All of our programs give you the real-world experience of a competency -based curriculum taught by clinically trained faculty. Whether you are interested in getting a job upon graduation, going on to graduate school, or just adding a few courses in addictions counseling or psychiatric rehabilitation to your major, you will find that the Behavioral Health Counseling department has a plan that fits your needs and interests.

Drexel's distinctive counseling options give you the building blocks to a successful career.

A co-op work experience gives you a competitive edge.

The six-month co-op work experience at a leading behavioral health care agency will give you a competitive edge when searching for employment after graduation. This experience also adds weight to graduate admission applications.

Drexel graduates are known for being well prepared.

Our coursework is based on competencies identified by behavioral health care professionals as essential to the successful provision of services for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. In addition, all of our courses are accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, an assurance that students are receiving the best and most comprehensive instruction available. Students may also be eligible for certifications in psychiatric rehabilitation and other professional disciplines upon graduation.

Pick courses to prepare for specific careers.

Core courses can be combined with specific advanced program electives to prepare you for graduate study and/or careers such as:

  • Addictions Counselor.
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.
  • Counseling Psychologist.
  • School Counselor.
  • Social Worker.
  • Other related community behavioral health services.

Entering freshmen take courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as biological sciences, writing, and math in their first and second years. You may read about specific behavioral health counseling courses in the course description section.

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Bachelor's Full Time. >>

For freshman and transfer students dedicated to full time study, this option prepares you for either immediate employment or for acceptance into master's and doctoral degree programs in a variety of behavioral healthcare disciplines.

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Saturday Scholars. >>

You can balance the challenges of education, work, and family life and complete your bachelor of science degree in behavioral health counseling entirely on Saturdays.

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 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling Minor. >>

For students of other majors, this minor provides an in depth examination of services and supports for people with serious mental illness.


 Addictions Counseling Minor. >>

For students of other majors, this minor provides an in depth examination of services and supports for people with substance use disorders.