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Behavioral Health Support (AAS)

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The Behavioral Health Support (AAS) degree provides students with approximately 18 credit hours of general education courses and 48 credit hours of program-related courses designed to prepare you for the role of Community Support Specialist. The coursework includes both lecture and hands-on clinical practicum experiences. As a BHS student you will apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world situations within the behavioral health support professions. Students will become familiar with the many roles and functions of behavioral health support workers and emerge as trained professionals. The fully online program can be completed with flexibility to do course work on your schedule. The program offers a schedule that can fit any need.

First Year

Fall Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredit Hours
BH201Intro to Behavioral Health Support
BT160Microcomputer Apps3
BT130Business Communications3
PY121General Psychology3
EN101English I3

Spring Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredit Hours
SP175Speech Communications OR
SP220Interpersonal Communications3
BH230Systems of Care & Support3
BH250Evidence Based Treatments3
BH231Integrated Behavioral Health3
BH241Substance Use Disorders3

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredit Hours
BH211Ethical and Legal Issues in Behavioral Health3
BH280**Clinical Practicum I
BH285Clinical Encounters
PY230*Abnormal Psychology
PY233**Human Growth and Development3

Spring Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCredit Hours
MT110Intermediate Algebra or Higher3
BH290**Clinical Practicum II
BH251Family and Youth Issues3
BH295Clinical Encounters II3
HI103*American History to 1877 or
HI104American History Since 1877 or
PL216*National Government

Please see your advisor or the NCMC Academic Catalog for specific course choices in each area.

  • Dual credit/Transfer credit – This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit. Consider any prior college credit to avoid repeating coursework. We will need official transcripts for these courses.
  • Developmental Studies – This plan assumes that the student does not need to take Developmental Studies courses. Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Developmental Studies courses.  You can learn more about Developmental Studies courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.
  • Financial Aid –Financial Aid can be affected by the number of credit hours you take each semester. Speak with a Financial Aid Representative if you have questions or want to withdraw from a class.
  • Changes – Keep your advisor informed of any degree changes or future educational goals. If you start to struggle, your advisor can assist you in developing a plan to get you back on track!

Program Contact Information

Janna Ingram

Behavioral Health Support Instructor
[email protected]
(660) 357-6302

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