Bachelor of Arts Behavioral Health

Prepare for a rewarding career as a professional who improves the lives of others in the field of addictions and mental health.

Next Start Date
July 8th
Est. Program Length
2-4 years*
Credit Hours
Course Length
7 weeks
Credits Accepted
Cost per Credit

* Depending on transfer credits.

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Alvernia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Overview

With a growing need for qualified behavioral health and human services professionals, Alvernia University’s online behavioral health degree prepares you for a career in this dynamic field. Through the online degree, you’ll become ready to be an impactful leader in the field of behavioral healthcare, including addictions, mental health, child welfare and the criminal justice system. With more than 40 years of history, our program is one of the first of its kind.

As you complete our online bachelor’s in behavioral health program and learn from highly experienced faculty, you’ll gain practical, real-world skills that will help you work with the intervention, prevention, treatment and recovery from addictions and other mental illnesses. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career in areas such as case management, addictions and mental health counseling, prevention, administration and community management.

Topics of Study

  • Issues surrounding the prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders
  • Fundamentals of mental illnesses and psychiatric disorders
  • Various theories and therapeutic approaches, including Freudian theory and Gestalt principles, and how they apply to treatment
  • Tools for assessing and evaluating behavioral disorders
  • Various counseling techniques and how to communicate with patients in one-on-one and group settings
  • Crisis theory and how to identify, intervene and de-escalate potentially dangerous situations
  • Ethical, legal and professional issues in behavioral health counseling practice, such as client’s rights and professional boundaries

Our online behavioral health degree requires 12 credits of practicum field experience involving 400 onsite agency hours. As you participate in fieldwork in a behavioral health agency that aligns with your desired area of practice, you will acquire real-world experience that will boost your clinical skills, cultural expertise, self-reflection, decision-making and professionalism.

Pennsylvania Certification Board

All courses are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), the foremost drug and alcohol credentialing organization in Pennsylvania. Coursework from the behavioral health studies program can be used to fulfill PCB requirements for certification and recertification of addiction counselors. Students from outside Pennsylvania should contact the chemical abuse certification (CAC) board in their state for information about requirements and the certification process.

Our Online Behavioral Health Degree Is For Those:

  • Wanting to enter the field of mental health and preventative medicine
  • Planning to become an addiction recovery specialist or social worker
  • Wanting to later pursue their master’s degree to become a behavioral or mental health specialist
  • Who want to make a difference in the lives of other individuals

For those interested in Alvernia’s on-campus program, click here to learn more.


The online B.A. in behavioral health consists of 123 credits, which includes the Liberal Arts Core, general electives, and major requirements. The major includes 12 credits of practicum experience. Additionally, the degree offers a 12-credit concentration in addiction studies.

Admission Requirements

For admission into Alvernia Online’s behavioral health degree, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. To apply:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide evidence of high school completion/graduation
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable)
  • Submit a copy of DD214 from military (if applicable)

Tuition & Fees

Full Program Tuition$460 per credit hour$56,580
Full Program Student Fees$150 per course$6,150
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$460 per credit hour$22,080
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$150 per course$2,400
Total with Transfer Credits$24,480

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes four years to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment counselor at (888) 536-1251 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Alvernia offers loans, grants, scholarships, payment plans and GI Bill benefits to help make your education more affordable. Our enrollment counselors can help you determine your financial aid eligibility. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Yellow Ribbon

Alvernia University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the GI Bill, provides those who served the U.S. military on active duty with free tuition and fees, as well as a book allowance. For more information, visit our Veterans page.

Career Outcomes

After earning your Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Health online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Community health worker
  • Health services manager
  • Correctional treatment specialist
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