Behavioral Health Support

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

This program is not offered until Spring 2018

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Visualize Your Next Career Path

As healthcare reform continues in the United States, support positions in the helping fields are critical for creating better client outcomes and experiences, as well as reducing costs. The Associate in Applied Science in Behavioral Health Support trains graduates to obtain employment as a support professional in the areas of addiction, disabilities, education support, mental health and psychiatric care.

Graduates of this program are qualified for employment in entry-level positions in state, county and local human service agencies, substance use disorder facilities, community mental health centers, hospitals, schools and other identified agencies.

Students should be interested in counseling, psychology, social work and wide-ranging aspects of health. If you are seeking a profession that is in-demand, hands-on, challenging and rewarding, then this could be the career path for you.

About the Program

This two-year, full-time program provides graduates with a pathway to an entry-level position within the helping professions. Students in this program will gain hands-on experience that prepares them to support clients in a variety of behavioral and mental health settings.

This program includes a general education component as well as a concentration in behavioral health. Graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. (Note: acceptance of credits earned is at the discretion of the receiving institution.)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, students must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide letters of reference
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Participate in a personal interview


Visit for the most current information. Additional fees apply to some courses. Fees are subject to change.

Salary Information

The Department of Mental Health anticipates that associate degree holders in this program will earn between $28,000 – 32,000 per year. This salary is comparable to that of bachelor’s degree technicians (MO Coalition Survey).



Earn this degree at Florissant Valley and Wildwood.
General education classes can be taken at any of our campuses or education centers.



Opportunities in the Field

According to a 2016 study by the Department of Mental Health, there are approximately 2,000 community health support workers in Missouri, with a 42 percent turnover rate. This results in 500 new job openings each year.



Florissant Valley
Emily Lasek, MA, LPC, NCC

Jenna Mueller, MA, LPC, NCC
Instructor II/Counselor



Required Curriculum

This plan is a suggested semester-by-semester plan. It is designed to keep you on track for a timely graduation. This plan is not a substitute for academic advising. Contact an advisor for further information regarding placement based on Placement exam scores, scheduling, degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Behavioral Health Support (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science
Program total 61 credits
Semester 1 15 credits
ENG:101 Composition I 3
PSY:200 General Psychology 3
IS:116 Computer Literacy 3
BHS:101 Introduction to Behavioral Health Support 3
BHS:102 Legal and Ethical Issues 3
Semester 2 16 credits
SOC:211 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse 3
PSY:208 Abnormal Psychology 3
ENG:103 Report Writing 3
BHS:103 Systems of Care 3
BHS:104 Clinical Encounters I: Interviewing and Assessment 3
PRD:128 Mental Health First Aid 1
Semester 3 16 credits
PSY:205 Human Growth and Development 3
COM:201 Interpersonal Communications 3
BHS:105 Integrated Health 3
BHS:201 Clinical Encounters II: Crisis and Interventions 3
BHS:202 Practicum I 4
Semester 4 14 credits
BHS:203 Evidence-Based Treatment 4
BHS:204 Practicum II 4
MTH:108 Elementary Applied Mathematics or higher 3
PSC:101 Introduction to American Politics Or another Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective that meets the Missouri State Requirement 3


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