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Behavioral Health Department

Hands-on Training, Real World Experience

Clinically experienced faculty, simulation labs and co-operative employment provide unparalleled opportunities for students to learn and excel in the exciting field of behavioral health.

Behavioral Health Counseling Department

Located at the dynamic Center City Health Sciences Campus, complete with a clinical skills simulation lab, the Behavioral Health Counseling major responds to a growing national need for competent mental health and addictions treatment professionals.

Our innovative courses integrate biological, psychological, and social sciences with emerging treatment technologies to offer an unparalleled undergraduate education for those interested in the helping professions. Our clinically experienced faculty and co-operative employment opportunities combine to offer active, real-world learning experiences that give you a head start in pursuing a behavioral health care career.

The advanced skills-based “hands-on” training provided in this Bachelor of Science degree major far exceeds that found at most other universities. Students may enter the workforce well-prepared immediately upon graduation or go on to graduate school, knowing that the quality of their education is well-recognized by leading universities throughout the United States.


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.

Entering freshmen take courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as biological sciences, writing, and math in their first and second years along with introductory courses in the Behavioral Health Counseling major. You can read about specific behavioral health counseling courses in the course description section.

Bachelor's Full Time
For freshman and transfer students dedicated to full time study, this option is much more specific than traditional undergraduate majors in preparing students for careers in behavioral health care treatment settings or for acceptance into master's and doctoral degree programs in a variety of behavioral healthcare disciplines.

Saturday Scholars
Balance the challenges of education, work, and family life and complete your Bachelor of Science degree in the accelerated Behavioral Health Counseling major entirely on Saturdays.

Certificate in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling Minor
This minor provides students with an essential focus on clinical competencies in implementing evidence-based rehabilitation services to people with serious mental illness.

Addictions Counseling Minor
This minor provides students with an essential focus on current best-practice approaches in counseling interventions aimed at assisting people to recover from substance use disorders.

Behavioral Health Counseling Faculty

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News & Events


The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) was well-represented in Drexel Magazine’s 40 Under 40 for 2016. This roundup is the publication’s annual compendium of Drexel’s most innovative, impressive and inspiring young alumni.

Representing CNHP are featured alumni, Zach Stone, BS Behavioral Health Counsing ’11 and Joseph Anton, MS Nursing ’09.

Stone is the co-founder and chief strategy officer at Red Kite Project. He credits Drexel with teaching him methods for behavioral and organizational change that have helped his clients’ overcome obstacles and helped Stone’s business to edge out competitors.

Anton is the vice president of clinical and support services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. Anton credits Drexel with providing him a great foundation of both leadership theory and practical experience.

Congratulations to our #AwesomeAlumni! Click here to read the full article.


Vera Lee Christy, RN (RN ’80, BSN ‘88), a nurse at Waverly Heights Retirement Community in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, was inducted into the International Association of HealthCare Professionals and will be included in The Leading Physicians of the World publication.

Oliver Morgan, PhD (MFT ‘81), professor of counseling and human services at the University of Scranton, was awarded a grant to study "It's All Connected: Integrating the Many Layers of Addiction." 


In less than two months, another round of co-operative education students will embark on their six- month-long professional journeys focused on sampling careers in the health professions and nursing. For some, this will be their first go-round. For others, this could be another step toward landing a job post-graduation.

Let’s meet some of the students who will enter the workforce this spring:

Rachel Bernhardt ‘17

A junior focused on Physical Therapy in the Health Sciences program, Rachel will complete her co-op at Jefferson University Hospital as a Physical Therapy Aide. Her position will focus on assisting therapists with patients, room set-up, vital signs, exercises and clean-ups.

“I knew for a fact I wanted to work in a hospital setting and Jefferson is one of the top-ranked hospitals for rehabilitation. The job also offers lots of patient contact hours which I could not be more excited about!”

Molly Girard ‘17

A junior in the Behavioral Health Counseling program, Molly will complete her co-op at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment as a Rehabilitation Services Intern. Her position includes assisting psychotherapists with group therapy serving children, adolescents, adults and eating disorder patients in the Rehabilitative Services Department.

“I became interested in Belmont because of the opportunity to work directly with patients in group therapy sessions. I hope to learn more about counseling diverse populations and clients with a variety of different diagnoses.”

Abby Warner ‘17

A junior completing her third and final co-op in the 5-year Nursing program, Abby will head to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center to work in the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She will be part of a team that cares for patients who have sustained complex trauma related injuries, neurovascular procedures and neuro-trauma, thoracic, vascular and general surgical procedures requiring care beyond the capabilities of a general surgical floor.

“This job piqued my interest as an opportunity to work in critical care, specifically with trauma and surgical patients. The patient population requires complex, multi-system management, and I think prioritization will be a key skill for me to improve on. I will definitely learn how to work efficiently in emergency circumstances, and I hope to strengthen my assessment skills with the help of the nurses on my unit.”

Madison Young ‘17

A junior in the Health Services Administration program, Madison heads to the University of Pennsylvania to work as an Immunization and Insurance Compliance Clerk. In her role Madison will assist students with understanding their insurance policies and immunization records, and will manage reports and data for administrator’s in the Student Health Insurance Department.

“What interested me about this position was the opportunity to work with students, health professionals, doctors and nurses. I hope to learn about the business side of healthcare, and gain a better idea of what kind of career I’d like to pursue post-graduation.”

Emily Monnoleto ‘17

A junior in the Nutrition and Foods program, Emily heads to the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania to work as a Clinical Nutrition Quality Improvement Assistant. Emily will join a project focused on improving nutrition for patients being treated with chemotherapy by interviewing specific groups using a validated screening tool to identify malnutrition.

“I’m very interested in clinical nutrition and oncology, and hope to widen my knowledge of both during my co-op. I’m looking forward to gaining more experience by working with patients in a research project that could make an impact on the cancer center.” 
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