Behavioral Healthcare

An applied bachelor's degree 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. The first cohort begins September 2021.

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. If you are not a current or former Centralia College student, obtain a ctcLink ID number by applying to Centralia College online.
  2. Complete the online BAS-BH Application Form. Priority applications will be accepted until July 30. Applications will be reviewed and applicants notified regarding admission by Aug. 16.
  3. Pay the $35 application fee through the Cashier’s office (360-623-8931) or online through your ctcLink account. The fee will be listed in your account after you submit the BAS-BH application. (For a slideshow tutorial on how to make payments in ctcLink, visit the ctcLink for Students page.)

After receiving the online BAS-BH Application Form, Enrollment Services will email you instructions for completing your admissions packet through Canvas.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. Associate degree of 90 credits at junior-level standing with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  2. English 101 – English Composition I with at least a 2.0 minimum GPA
  3. Completion of ONE of the following classes (or equivalent):
    • SUDP 100 Intro to SUDP (formerly CDP 100)
    • SUDP 110 Counseling Techniques (formerly CDP 111)
    • SUDP 240 Group Counseling (formerly CDP 210)
  4. Completion of General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
  5. Completion of Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200)

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& 220 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology
  • MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics
  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology 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 BASBH Elective - 5 credits
  • CMST 330 Professional & Org. Communications (H) - 5 credits
  • BASBH 300 Intro to Behavioral Healthcare - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • BASBH 320 Social & Cultural Diversity in BH - 5 credits
  • BASBH 330 Ethics in Behavioral Health - 5 credits
  • BIOL 350 Neurobiology - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • PSYC 209 Research Methods - 5 credits
  • BASBH 450 Advanced Counseling Techniques - 5 credits
  • BASBH 400 Case Management - 5 credits
Senior Year  
Fall Quarter
  • BASBH 455 Behavioral Healthcare in Primary Care - 5 credits
  • BASBH 420 Treatment of Mental Health Disorders - 5 credits
  • BASBH 430 Trauma-Informed Care - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • BASBH 340 Professional Development - 5 credits
  • BASBH 440 Family Counseling - 5 credits
  • BASBH or General Education Elective - 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 - 5 credits


BAS-BH Electives

  • SUDP 100: Intro to SUDP (formerly CDP 100) (required)**
  • SUDP 110: Counseling Techniques (formerly CDP 111) (required)**
  • SUDP 240: Group Counseling (formerly CDP 210) (required)**
  • NUTR 101: Nutrition
  • PSYC 210: Personality Theory
  • PSYC 250: Social Psychology
  • SOC 125: Sociology of Family
  • SOC 201: Social Problems

Notes: *ENGL& 102 English Composition II to be completed in fall quarter of Junior Year if not already completed in associate’s degree. ** One CDP course is required for admission. The remaining two CDP courses must be completed as BAS-BH electives if not completed in associate’s degree.


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