Behavioral Healthcare

A Bachelor is Applied Science in Behavioral Healthcare (BAS-BH) provides the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to work in a variety of human service careers.

Students are trained to:

  • Analyze current trends, theories, approaches, and best practices;
  • Recognize barriers for individuals and families;
  • Analyze, evaluate, and conduct behavioral health research;
  • Identify the local healthcare system, particularly the behavioral healthcare system;
  • Adhere to important professional and ethical standards;
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families, and team members;
  • Complete screenings and assessments to develop and monitor treatment plans.


Program Details

Students enroll full-time for a total of 15 credits (three classes) per quarter for six quarters. There are no upper division summer courses offered.

Hybrid Evening program

The evening hybrid program is a mix of online work (60 percent) and shortened class meetings (40 percent). The upper division classes meet two evenings per week - 5-8:50 p.m. Tuesdays and 6-7:50 p.m. Thursdays. Each class meets two hours per week and the remaining coursework is online. 

Graduates are prepared for positions in a variety of healthcare, non-profit, and state agencies focused on human services careers, such as: social and community service managers, addiction/substance use disorder counselors, social workers, and case managers..

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the online Centralia College application. Note: After you submit your online application, Enrollment Services will email you additional instructions for completing your admissions packet.
  2. Activate your ctcLink student account.

2024 BAS Admission & Notification Dates

If you apply by: Centralia College will send notification by:
April 1 April 19
May 1 May 17
June 1 June 17

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of BAS application materials
  2. Associate degree or 90 credits at junior-level standing with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  3. English 101 – English Composition I with at least a 2.0 minimum GPA
  4. Completion of SUDP 100 Intro to SUDP (formerly CDP 100) offered online spring quarter at Centralia College

General Education Degree Required Courses

The following courses must be completed prior to earning a bachelor’s degree. The courses can be included in the two-year degree or be completed during the bachelor’s program in addition to program required courses.

Successful completion of each of these courses:

  • ENGL& 102 English Composition II
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology
  • PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology
  • MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics
  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology
  • BIOL 172 Human Biology Lab or natural science w/lab
  • 5 credits of any distribution elective


The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) sets the tuition rate.

For the current year's tuition rate, see Tuition & Fees - Bachelor of Applied Science.

The cost of room and board would be additional.

Financial Aid

For information on applying for financial aid, see Financial Aid.


Students can apply for scholarships online from Dec. 1-March 1. Visit the scholarships page for information and a link to the online application.

BAS-BH Education Plan 

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
Emphasis: Behavioral Healthcare
Credits: 90

Junior Year  
Fall Quarter
  • ENGL& 102 English Composition II * OR General Education Distribution Requirement - 5 credits
  • BASBH 300 Intro to Behavioral Healthcare - 5 credits
  • BASBH 320 Social & Cultural Diversity in Behavioral Healthcare - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • SUDP 110 Counseling Techniques OR General Education Distribution Requirement - 4-5 credits
  • BASBH 330 Ethics in Behavioral Health - 5 credits
  • BASBH 350 Neurobiology - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • PSYC 209 Research Methods - 5 credits
  • SUDP 240 Group Counseling OR General Education Distribution Requirement - 4-5 credits
  • BASBH 400 Case Management - 5 credits
Senior Year  
Fall Quarter
  • BASBH 455 Behavioral Healthcare in Primary Care - 5 credits
  • BASBH 450 Advanced Counseling Techniques - 5 credits
  • BASBH 420 Treatment of Mental Health Disorders - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • BASBH 340 Professional Development - 5 credits
  • BASBH 430 Trauma-Informed Care - 5 credits
  • BASBH 440 Family Counseling - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • PSYC 409 Positive Psychology, Health & Aging - 5 credits
  • BASBH 325 Sociology of Health & Healthcare - 5 credits
  • BASBH 470 Practicum OR BASBH 471 Capstone Project - 6 credits


  • SUDP 110 and SUDP 240 are required courses. Students who have not completed SUDP 110 & 240 prior to program admissions, must complete the courses as part of the program. 
  • Students who have completed SUDP 110 & 240 prior to program admission, must complete three general education requirements as part of the program. 
  • Students who have completed SUDP courses and all general education prior to program start, will take the following course(s) to reach a minimum of 90 credits for this degree. (PSYC 210; PSYC 250, SOC& 201, SOC 125) 


For Questions about the Program

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For Questions about Applications and Credit Transfers

Kelly Worthey
Director of Enrollment Services
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