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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling - Saturday Scholars Program

Program

With the Drexel Bachelor of Science Saturday Scholars Program, students can complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Health Counseling entirely on Saturdays. This program is specifically designed to help students balance the challenges of education, work, and family life by offering the course content in an accelerated, convenient and flexible manner.

If you have earned an associate’s degree or have other college credits and want to complete a Behavioral Health Counseling degree on a part-time basis, the Saturday Scholars program is an ideal option. Students complete two courses every six weeks throughout the year, allowing the accumulation of credits toward the degree at a rate comparable to full-time students.

The number of credits required to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Health Counseling is 180 quarter-credits. For Saturday Scholars, this generally includes 90 or more quarter credits distributed in general education and elective course areas, plus up to 90 credits of coursework in the Behavioral Health Counseling major. 

What you’ll learn

The focus of student learning in this program is on how to do 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. High achieving students earn Certificates of Advanced Study that signal specialized knowledge and skills in specific areas of behavioral health counseling.

Graduates of the Behavioral Health Counseling Program are widely acknowledged by the region's employers as being among the best prepared for jobs within the field.

What makes the Behavioral Health Counseling Saturday Scholars Program unique?

  • Students have access to the state-of-the-art Clinical Learning Resources Center where advanced counseling skills are practiced with actors simulating behavioral health clients.
  • Saturday schedule is tailored for returning adult students who work during the week.
  • Skills-based counseling courses are specifically kept smaller in size to allow for more individualized attention to training.
  • Our advanced, skills-based curriculum and innovative hands-on training far exceeds that found at most other undergraduate colleges and universities.

Admissions

For Transfer Students

Our transfer policies are specifically designed to accommodate students applying from other colleges. Transfer students may enter the program at any point and transfer a maximum of 90 semester credits (135 quarter credits). The courses and credit values show how many general education credits can be transferred in at the discretion of the program. (Please note: This program is offered in quarter credits, not semester credits. One semester credit is equal to 1.5 quarter credits; therefore, a bachelor's degree worth 120 semester credits is equal to 180 quarter credits.)

Detailed Instructions

To apply, please use this link.

If this is your first time applying to Drexel you will need to create an account. If you are a returning user please log in with the appropriate credentials.

After registering you will need to retrieve your temporary PIN number emailed to you. Enter your PIN in the space provided along with your birthdate. You will then create your own password.

Once complete, you will be directed to Drexel University's Admission Application. On this page you will click on the link titled Start New Application

Next you will Select an Application Type and choose the school year for which you are applying.  You will then select your student type, transfer part-time, and then Create Application.

You will be asked to review the application details you previously entered. If correct, select Open Application.

From here, follow all prompts in the application for transfer, part-time, Saturday Scholars Behavioral Health Counseling applicants. As a reminder there is no application fee for this program.

For International Students

To review transfer instructions, visit the International Instructions page.

Tuition and Fee Rates
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Accreditation

MSA: Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Program Level Outcomes

At Drexel University we believe that a well-formulated set of Program Level Outcomes [PLO] that support and are consistent with the institutional mission and goals are the building blocks of an effective assessment program. 

Click here to view the College of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Behavioral Health Counseling Program Level Outcomes.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Saturday Scholars Behavioral Health Counseling Program easily find employment in behavioral health settings, in part because of a critical shortage of qualified applicants. Drexel graduates are widely acknowledged by the region's employers as being among the best prepared.

Graduates who choose to enter the behavioral health workforce instead of continuing in graduate school typically find immediate employment in areas such as:

  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Family and child support services
  • Addictions counseling
  • Case management and services coordination
  • Forensic mental health services
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Case management and services coordination
  • Forensic mental health services
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
Starting salaries with a bachelor's degree range from $34,000 to $45,000 per year. 

The behavioral healthcare field is tremendously diverse and encompasses far more career opportunities than listed. Career choices exist at all levels of service—from direct care to administration and policy-making. Students will find tremendous benefit both in the employment listings and outreach offered by Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center and in the diverse professional career experience our faculty brings to our students.

News & Events

02/16/17

On January 11, US News and World Report published their 2017 Best Jobs list and 52 of the top 100 are in health care. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant are number two and three on that list with no surprise as the demand for more skilled health care professionals skyrockets. Susannah Snider, personal finance editor at U.S. News said in a press release about the jobs list, "Health care jobs often require a human element, so they can't be exported or entirely replaced by robots – at least not yet.
 
“Continued growth in the health care sector, low unemployment rates and high salaries make these jobs especially desirable. Plus, individuals can pursue a range of health care positions that require varying levels of skill and education," furthered Snider. While the opportunities for PAs and NPs expand practically every specialty — orthopedics, endocrinology, cardiology, pediatrics — a reported 80% of nurse practitioners choose primary care whereas a study from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states physician assistants tend to practice outside of primary care. 
 
Regardless of the position a person chooses, it’s all good news for CNHP. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics cited nurse practitioner and physician assistant among the fastest growing occupations with 35% and 30% growth respectively. This expansion can be attributed to a few factors including a move to patient-centered care models and an aging population. But another reason is the expansion of coverage for an additional 20 million people through Affordable Care Act. “The ACA recognized physician assistants as an essential part of the solution to the primary care shortage by formally acknowledging them as one of the three primary care health providers,” said Patrick Auth, PhD, MS, PA-C, CNHP clinical professor and department chair. “They also committed to expanding the number of PAs by providing financial support for scholarships and loan forgiveness programs, as well as by funding the training of 600 new PAs,” he continued.
 
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed millions of Americans to have access to insurance to pay for the cost of their health care. That meant hospitals and providers reduced their cost of indigent care.  While these figures have presented a hopeful outlook on what new health care reform may mean, one recent report has portrayed a potentially much different outcome.
 
The study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund revealed repealing the ACA, likely starting with the insurance premium tax credits and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility would result in a doubling in the number of uninsured Americans while having widespread economic and employment impacts. In 2019, the study predicts a loss of 2.6 million jobs nation-wide, primarily in the private sector, with around a third of them in the health care industry. Pennsylvania could see around 137,000 jobs lost. 
 
Elizabeth W. Gonzalez, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, associate professor and department chair of the doctoral nursing program and Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE ’09, associate clinical professor and department chair of the nurse practitioner program, both suggest that it is too early to tell what any real impact will be to healthcare or employment. “The ACA also lowered Medicare spending by allowing people to enter into share savings plans with accountable care organizations where providers are reimbursed based on the quality, not the quantity, of their services,” Gonzalez said. “This emphasis on quality has resulted in significant savings, lower cost of health care for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low income families, and children. The ACA encourages a focus on the patient experience and this has led to some wonderful innovations because clinicians are being paid to focus on ways to enhance the quality of the care they provide patients,” she added. 
 
“The Affordable Care Act introduced patients to the role of the nurse practitioner. Patients were forced to see us for primary care — nurse practitioners provided care at a lower cost,” stated Montgomery. “Now patients want to see us because of the level of care we provided.” There are just so many unknowns where the ACA is concerned. While the current administration seems determined to repeal the law, they haven’t yet put forth a replacement that will provide affordable healthcare for those who would undoubtedly lose what they currently have. It’s uncertain whether a new law might be proposed that would guarantee that no jobs created under the ACA are lost or if patient outcomes will decline.” But both Gonzalez and Montgomery feel that advanced practice nursing will continue to be a cost effective way to deliver outstanding clinical services. While it’s tough to speculate, Montgomery thinks opportunities for nurse practitioners will continue to grow regardless. “Who knows, it might make it better for the nurse practitioner especially because we provide high-quality, comprehensive care at lower costs,” she said.

By: Roberta Perry and Kinzey Lynch `17

 

01/24/17

The Mannequin Challenge was one of the most widespread trends of the past year. As 2016 drew to a close, the CNHP marketing and communications team found a way to use the challenge to ring in the holidays with the College.
 
So was born the 1st Annual CNHP Holiday Challenge. Departments throughout CNHP were invited to submit their best versions of a festive Mannequin Challenge. Entrants were judged by the interim dean and associate deans of the College based on creativity, humor, and execution. The winner would be presented with a trophy for their team to display, along with bragging rights throughout 2017. It is the hope that the theme of this annual holiday contest would change. Each year the theme would reflect a popular or current trend.
 
Three groups entered the 2016 challenge. CNHP operations and assessment department set their submission to Christmas Vacation while Behavioral Health Counseling went for an oldie, but goodie, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. The third department and the winner of the 1st Annual CNHP Holiday Challenge was the marketing and communications team whose challenge was set to the tune It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. 
 
Winners and runner ups were announced before the holiday break. Be sure to enter your department in next year's Holiday Video Challenge.

12/14/16

Today's higher education system is more diverse than it has ever been. With the development and globalization of technology, more students have access to education past high school. Over the past 125 years, Drexel University has been a pioneer in embracing these global and societal changes and today, sets the bar in bringing about diversity in higher education.

Veronica Carey, PhD, CPRP, associate clinical professor, was recently appointed as the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the College of Nursing and Health Profession.
 
"My first task in this new role is to work with board members in each department to ensure that all students, faculty and staff feel included and involved in the University," Carey explained. "Diversity stretches beyond race and religion. In many cases, inclusion incorporates gender, age and even profession. So I am charged with making sure that we as a University are aware of the needs of everyone throughout the College."
 
Carey feels that her experiences both traveling abroad and here at Drexel will allow her to provide a unique perspective on instilling equity and inclusion.
 
"This past May, I acted as moderator for a unique program entitled ‘Global Minds, What Students Need to Know.’ This presentation focused on mental health and how it is treated in different countries around the world. The event was hosted in an effort to start a global conversation between students and faculty by having participants connect via Skype with professionals from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Singapore, Korea and China. Experiences like this have enabled me to bring together people from all walks of life and professional backgrounds."
 
As Carey takes on this new role she will be charged with identifying how effective CNHP is in meeting the needs of faculty, staff and students and seeing in what ways the College can be more responsive.
 
"I believe the most important component in encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion is being responsive. Understanding the needs of others and being involved in meeting those needs is hypercritical to maintaining diversity."
 
Kinzey Lynch ‘19
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