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Behavioral Health, Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Reading, OH, United States
Behavioral health encompasses the areas of addiction, mental health and child welfare – all of which are garnering increasing levels of national attention. In our complex society, behavioral health is a critical field, requiring professionals with a broad base of knowledge and expertise.
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In this versatile major, you select a concentration in Addiction Studies, Mental Health or Child Welfare. Experienced, knowledgeable faculty members will engage you in the classroom and introduce you to these areas of specialty.

As a behavioral health professional, you must be prepared to address and respond to a variety of complex issues with competence. Whether you choose an administrative, counseling, caseworker or other position within the field of behavioral health, you will need to possess a high level of skill and proficiency.

Earning a Behavioral Health degree at Alvernia University can assure that you attain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the field. This degree, with its different areas of concentration, can prepare you to work in a variety of settings and address a variety of issues.

Offered at Alvernia’s main campus in Reading as well as our Pottsville and Philadelphia campuses, the Behavioral Health degree is versatile and attainable. And, Behavioral Health majors complement their classroom education with two field placements in licensed or state-approved programs, facilities and/or agencies. This gives you the opportunity to experience different types of work and meet professionals in various areas of the behavioral health arena.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Foundations of Chemical Dependency 
  • Origins of Mental Illness 
  • Counseling Theories 
  • Assessment and Evaluation 
  • Counseling Techniques I 
  • Crisis Intervention 
  • Group Counseling I 
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Neuropharmacology 
  • Prevention and Intervention Services 
  • Addictive Behaviors 
  • Counseling Techniques II 
  • Group Counseling II 
  • Marriage and Family Counseling 
  • Management of Human Service Agencies
  • Counseling Special Populations 
  • Special Issues Seminar 
  • Emotional and Behavioral Pathology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Students seeking admission to Alvernia University may apply any time after

completion of the junior year in high school. All candidates should submit the


  • 1. Application for admission
  • 2. $25 non-refundable application fee
  • 3. Official secondary school transcripts or record of equivalency
  • 4. Official SAT or ACT scores
  • 5. Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • National

    32840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32840 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Full-Time (12-17 credits/semester)- 2017-2018 Tuition

Living costs for Reading

  • 1015 - 1680 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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