Behavioral Health Degree Program

Earning a BA degree in Behavioral Health from Alvernia University prepares graduates to be impactful leaders in the dynamic field of behavioral health dealing with the prevention, intervention, treatment and sustained recovery from addictions and other forms of mental illness. The BH in Behavioral Health provides students with a solid core of knowledge and skills to prepare them for professional positions in areas such as counseling, case management, prevention, administration and other areas in the exciting field of behavioral healthcare. 

Learn from accomplished instructors

The Behavioral Health program’s commitment to excellence is exemplified through Alvernia’s faculty selection. Alvernia’s Behavioral Health faculty members aren’t just teachers or college professors. They’re highly regarded experts in their respective fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to students.  Most importantly, they’re eminently qualified and eager to help you succeed as a future behavioral health professional.

Behavioral Health faculty members possess significant clinical and administrative experience in various settings related to addiction, mental health and other areas of the behavioral healthcare continuum.  They understand the many challenges facing today’s behavioral health professionals because they successfully deal with these challenges every day. They include seasoned clinicians, supervisors and mangers, serve as board members of prestigious organizations, and routinely present at conferences both nationally and internationally

Multiple learning options

Students in Behavioral Health enjoy engaging classroom experiences offered at any of our three campus locations --Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia. In addition, a BA in Behavioral Health is available fully online.

Find a job after graduation

Due to Alvernia’s 40 years of experience delivering quality education in Behavioral Health and the program’s practice-based focus, graduates enjoy an extremely high employment placement rate. Alvernia’s Career Services Office can provide further assistance to graduates with resume preparation, interview help and job search advice.

A BA in Behavioral Health is highly valued by many fields, including:

  • Addictions
  • Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Children and Youth
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Hospitals
  • Corporate EAP's
  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Social Services


Alvernia’s Behavioral Health courses are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), the foremost drug and alcohol credentialing organization in the state. Certification by the PCB is reciprocal among other U.S. States and internationally. A BA in Behavioral Health fulfills the requirement for certification and re-certification of addiction counselors by the PCB.

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