Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Degree Program

Earning a Behavioral Health degree from Alvernia University prepares graduates to be impactful leaders in the fields of addiction studies, mental health and child welfare.

Learn from accomplished instructors

Our Behavioral Health program’s commitment to excellence is exemplified through Alvernia’s faculty selection. Our highly trained faculty provide an educationally rich and engaging classroom experience at any of our three locations -- Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia.

Select from three Behavioral Health concentrations

Our program provides both theoretical and practical training for professional roles in three major areas of concentration.

  • Addiction Studies
    Our Addiction Studies concentration is one of the first of its kind in the United States. This program recognizes the need for the chemical dependency professional to establish related competencies in other areas -- particularly that of mental health.

  • Mental Health
    Our Mental Health concentration provides a core of expertise and experience for students who wish to find employment in mental health clinics and centers immediately after graduation. Its addiction studies component increases graduates’ job readiness.

  • Child Welfare
    Our Child Welfare concentration provides students with the essential knowledge to address the problem of child maltreatment, abuse and neglect investigation, in-home services, out-of-home placement, adoption, and parenting education.

Find a job after graduation

Our Behavioral Health program offered at Reading, Pottsville or Philadelphia campuses maintains an extremely high employment placement rate, and our Career Services Office can provide assistance to graduates with resume preparation, interview help and job search advice.

A Behavioral Health bachelor’s is highly valued by many fields:

  • Criminal justice
  • Mental health facilities
  • Children and youth agencies
  • Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers
  • Hospitals
  • Corporate employee-assistance programs
  • Prevention and intervention centers
  • Other social agencies


Behavioral Health courses are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), the foremost drug and alcohol credentialing organization in Pennsylvania. The Behavioral Health Bachelor of Arts degree can be used to fulfill Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements for certification and re-certification of addiction counselors. Students from outside Pennsylvania should contact the CAC board in their state for information about requirements and the certification process.

View the curriculum required for this degree, read about the program in our brochure, learn more about our admission process, or request more information.

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Upcoming Information Sessions

Telemental health services: Widening accessibility to quality behavioral healthcare

July 1, 2015 10:12:35 AM EDT
Telemental health services are prized for providing increased efficiency and expanding healthcare access for many people. Best practices and guidelines must be followed to ensure the benefits can be fulfilled in a positive and secure manner. Telemental health is the use of telecommunications technology such as interactive videoconferencing to provide behavioral health services. The primary […] Read more

Community-based behavioral health offers rewarding opportunities

April 20, 2015 2:44:20 PM EDT
Does spending your days helping people understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives sound like something you’d enjoy? That’s how the United States Department of Labor defines what a mental health counselor does and according to their research, this is a rapidly growing field with demand in community services. Community-based organizations offer […] Read more

Convenient Locations

Alvernia locations in Reading, Pottsville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Attend Classes in:
Reading, PA (Main Campus)
Pottsville, PA
Philadelphia, PA

A behavioral health degree, for professionals from Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, Kutztown, Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, is available at the three Alvernia University locations.

behavioral health bachelor of arts degree

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