Bachelor of Arts Addictions and Mental Health Treatment

Embark on the path to CADC certification and gain a credential required for a career as a professional who improves the lives of others.

Next Start Date
May 15th
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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Program Overview

The need for qualified addiction and mental health treatment professionals is on the rise. Prepare for a career in this dynamic field with the Bachelor of Arts in Addictions and Mental Health Treatment online degree from Alvernia University. Through this online degree program, you’ll earn academic credentials required to take you one step closer for the certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) certification.

Through career-focused courses, you’ll prepare to be an impactful leader in the field of behavioral healthcare, including addiction, mental health, child welfare and the criminal justice system. With 40 years of history, Alvernia’s Addictions and Mental Health Treatment degree is one of the oldest and best of its kind to be found at the college or university level. Now, you can experience this same level of excellence in a flexible, online degree program.

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

Topics of Study

  • Issues surrounding prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders
  • Fundamentals of mental illness and psychiatric disorders
  • Various theories and therapeutic approaches, including Freudian theory, 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 1-on-1 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 rights and professional boundaries

When earning your addictions and mental health treatment online degree in the field of behavioral health, you’ll have the opportunity to complete 12 credits of practicum field experience involving 400 on-site agency hours. As you participate in fieldwork in a behavioral health agency that aligns with your desired area of practice, you will gain real-world experience that will boost your clinical skills, cultural expertise, self-reflection, decision-making skills and professionalism.

Pennsylvania Certification Board

All Alvernia Addictions and Mental Health Treatment courses are approved for credit hours toward professional certification by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) the foremost drug and alcohol credentialing organization in the state. Coursework from the addictions and mental health treatment online degree can be used to fulfill PCB requirements for certification and recertification of addiction counselors, including requirements to become a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). Students who do not reside in Pennsylvania should contact the chemical abuse certification board in their state for information about requirements and certification.

Our Addictions and Mental Health Treatment Online Degree Is For Those:

  • Interested in becoming a substance abuse counselor
  • 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 a master’s degree for a career as a behavioral or mental health specialist
  • Ready to make a difference in the lives of others

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


When earning your addictions and mental health treatment online degree in the field of behavioral health, you’ll complete 123 credits, including the Liberal Arts core, general electives and major requirements. The major includes 12 credits of practicum experience. Additionally, the program offers a 12-credit concentration in addiction studies.

Admission Requirements

For admission into Alvernia’s online Bachelor of Arts in Addictions and Mental Health Treatment online degree, you must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. To apply:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide evidence of High School completion/graduation. Documentation may include high school transcript, diploma, GED scores, or equivalent.*
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable)
  • Submit a copy of DD214 from military (if applicable)

*This requirement may be waived if an official college transcript is provided to validate completion of 15 credits or more from an accredited school.

Tuition & Fees

Full Program Tuition$535 per credit hour$65,805
Full Program Student Fees$50 per credit hour$6,150
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$535 per credit hour$25,680
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$50 per credit hour$2,400
Total with Transfer Credits$28,080

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 completing the addictions and mental health treatment online degree, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Community health worker
  • Health services manager
  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Substance abuse counselor
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