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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling - Saturday Scholars 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.


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


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.


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


Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT works with a patient in the gymAccording to the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain is a major health issue affecting approximately 100 million Americans and amounting to a cost of roughly $635 million a year. The healthcare community has a history of poor outcomes for chronic pain that have frustrated both patients and providers. Chronic pain can be very challenging to treat. It is an evolving condition with remodeling of neurological structures and biological, behavioral, environmental and societal influences. The focus is shifting from eliminating pain completely to minimizing the impact of pain on quality of life and building resilience to better cope with chronicity. The opioid crisis has drawn attention to how chronic pain is understood and managed. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that nonpharmacological therapies be the first line treatment of chronic pain. Mental health, physical therapy and a variety of other professions and wellness strategies are fast becoming that first line defense. Interdisciplinary approaches are considered best practice in treating both chronic pain and substance use disorders. Interdisciplinary care that addresses health and wellness across physical, mental, and social domains is most effective. Healthcare providers need to have a good understanding of chronic pain neuroscience, biopsychosocial components of pain management, issues related to substance use disorders and pain management strategies so that they can effectively integrate their expertise within the context of interdisciplinary care and reinforce strategies used by other team members.

Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT works with patient using a exercise ballAt Drexel University’s Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, we developed a psychoeducational group called Power Over Pain (PoP). Research has indicated that an interdisciplinary approach aids in improving the functional status and quality of life of patients with chronic pain. PoP is an interdisciplinary program that empowers patients through education to self-manage their pain. The group is based on a framework we developed, the Clinical Reasoning Model for Chronic Pain.


Power over Pain Plan of Care

The top of the diagram represents the goal of treatment: patients who are using healthcare services appropriately as they self-manage their pain with little or no opioid use. To reach this goal, patients need education, mentorship for behavioral change, help to address cognitive-affective factors and an understanding of the roles various healthcare providers serve in their health and wellness.

Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT in the gymThe middle of the diagram depicts an interdisciplinary team that includes the patient. All members of the interdisciplinary team collaborate to arrive at unified goals and a unified plan of care. This differs from a multidisciplinary approach where patients see different professionals who are not functioning as a cohesive team, each providing different goals and treatment plans leaving the patient to sort through an often overwhelming amount of information and action items. Good communication among professionals, the patient, the patient’s family and other stakeholders is essential in forming the collaboration needed for efficient and effective care management.

Each pillar at the bottom of the model represents a different area of research important for chronic pain management. While each team member specializes in their discipline, everyone should have a broad knowledge of all areas so that they can effectively situate their expertise within the fabric of the whole patient and a holistic treatment approach that will prepare patients for a resilient path forward.

The PoP group will be re-starting at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services and will be offered for the first time at Parkway Health and Wellness in this spring. Information about the group and its curriculum can be found at

*Note: Wenger's article, “Reducing Opioid Use for Patients with Chronic Pain: An Evidence Based Perspective,” is getting published in the Physical Therapy Journal in print in April and on-line early 2018. 

By Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS

Associate Clinical Professor, Coordinator of Experiential Learning
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department


Annette Willgens, PT, PhD and Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC hosted an interprofessional workshop titled “Mindfulness: for Clinical Practice & for Life” on October 4, 2017. In their own words:

Multi-colored mindfulness illustration“We had over 55 students from a variety of CNHP disciplines join us to learn about the theory of mindfulness. Our goal was to introduce students to a practice that could promote self-care and wellness during their time here at Drexel University. In the current culture of esteem building, competition and perfectionism, we challenged students to consider excellence, intention and compassion for oneself instead.

We talked about stress, the allostatic load, self-criticism and conflict and shared the evidence base for mindful practice and the neural circuitry associated with default mode as compared to mindful awareness. We discussed a fMRI scan of "this is your brain on meditation," and then we practiced meditation. Students participated in an art-making activity to elucidate their thoughts and feelings. As we move forward with more planning, we are reminded that shared goals such as student self-care give everyone a strong foundation. Excellence, humility, temperance and resilience—these are the qualities of the future healthcare provider.”

The IPER Collaborative is awed by the many faculty and students who are creating and experiencing enriched learning opportunities with their CNHP peers. Any faculty member who has an idea about developing an interprofessional experience or project should contact or any IPER Collaborative member. We are happy to support you in your endeavors!


Thank you, 

IPER Collaborative


The IPER Collaborative launched a new series that is available to faculty. During a listening tour last summer, faculty, who gathered to discuss their views on interprofessional practice, education and research, expressed there is a lack of communication among faculty. To facilitate faculty communication that leads to collaboration, we have offered to administratively support any faculty member who would like to form a working group around a passion, focus or research topic.

To date, we have held two brown bag lunches with much success. On November 16, Michael Bruneau, Jr., PhD of the health sciences department hosted “Exercise Science and You.” The meeting was open to all faculty interested in exploring interventions with physical activity and exercise as potential, non-pharmacological lifestyle therapies, as well as, faculty looking to integrate physical activity into their current practice and research. With a great turn out both onsite and online, Bruneau was able to form a working group with peers from many different disciplines. On November 28, Annette Willgens, PT, EdD of the physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences department hosted “Mindfulness for Clinical Practice, Education and Research.” Willgens invited those who were interested in incorporating mindfulness practice into their curricula, courses, clinical rotations and busy schedules. Again, a great group of like-minded professors and instructors including some adjunct faculty formed another collaborative working group.

Next on the schedule is Guy Diamond, PhD and Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD who are hosting “Family Centered Care” on December 7.  Diamond and Chiarello are looking for collaborators focused on projects that will integrate family-centered care into their clinical practice, classes and/or research. We are sure that they too will experience the same success as Bruneau and Willgens.

If you are a faculty member who has a passion or focus you’d like to share with others, please contact any member of the IPER Collaborative or email All brown bag lunches are held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the day of your choice. We will email faculty, create flyers to advertise your topic, book rooms, link to Zoom and support any other administrative needs you may have to ensure your lunch’s success.

Our goal is to assist faculty in finding peers from across the College to foster collaboration which will enrich student experiences, research projects and faculty relationships.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

IPER Collaborative


Join a Group!

For “Exercise Science and You” contact Michael Bruneau.

For “Mindfulness for Clinical Practice, Education and Research” contact Annette Willgens.

To host your own Brown Bag Lunch email

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