ARE YOU READY FOR A JOB IN
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORT?
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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.)
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 stlcc.edu/fees for the most current information. Additional fees apply to some courses. Fees are subject to change.
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).
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|BHS:201||Clinical Encounters II: Crisis and Interventions||3|
|Semester 4||14 credits|
|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|