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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling


The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling Program Online is not accepting applications for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.

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.

What you’ll learn

  • 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

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

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

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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. Use our quarter to semester credit converter to calculate the difference.

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.

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