Online Behavioral Health

With millions in Illinois struggling with substance use disorders, skilled behavioral health professionals are more important than ever. The online behavioral health degree at Illinois College equips you to become a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) or opens doors to a fulfilling behavioral health career in a variety of settings. With this degree, you can make a difference for hurting individuals in your community.

Complete coursework on your own schedule. Get real-world training working with patients in clinical settings. At Illinois College, you’ll receive the support and opportunities you need to succeed in your career and make a positive impact in the lives of others. 

Online Details

The Online BS in Behavioral Health Degree Is Ideal For You If:

  • You want to become a certified substance abuse counselor through a flexible program that works with your schedule
  • You’re preparing for advanced training in counseling, social work, and clinical mental health
  • You’re a healthcare and human services professional interested in psychology and sociology

Online Behavioral Health Degree Highlights

As an online student in our behavioral health program, you will have the same access to supportive resources as our on-campus students. You will benefit from personalized academic and career advising, coaching, tutoring, and library services. Plus, we keep our classes small to ensure you receive the individualized attention you want.

Enjoy Maximum Flexibility

Complete your Online Behavioral Health Program coursework on your schedule with asynchronous online classes, which means they are accessible anytime, anywhere. You’ll still receive personalized support and access to campus resources like the fitness center, if nearby. Plus, you can accelerate your degree with summer coursework options.

Gain Hands-On Experience

Complete practicums as part of your curriculum to gain clinical experience. Work with real patients at Gateway Foundations or other approved AOD clinical settings to become a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor.

Prepare for Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) Licensure

Prepare to take the CADC licensure exam in Illinois as you study leading-edge perspectives on counseling, crisis intervention, cultural awareness, addiction treatment models, and behavioral health research.

Graduate READY for the Behavioral Health Career You Want

Stand out in the job market with the confidence and skills employers crave. Our online behavioral health degree program equips you with a deep understanding of addiction, treatment approaches, and counseling theory. 
Through coursework and practicums, you will hone your expertise in the 12 core functions: 

  • Screening
  • Intake
  • Orientation
  • Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Client Education
  • Referral
  • Reports and Record Keeping
  • Consultation with Other Professionals Regarding Client Treatment/Services

Career Opportunities for Behavioral Health Degree Graduates

There is a growing need for behavioral health professionals, and becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor allows you to become a practicing clinician (in an AOD setting) with a bachelor’s degree. Many behavioral health degree students receive job offers from their AOD practicum sites upon graduation.

Our online behavioral health degree also provides a solid foundation to succeed in post-graduate education in counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, or other behavioral health fields to become a licensed practitioner. 

Online Behavioral Health Requirements and Courses

The Illinois College online behavioral health degree empowers you to maximize your impact on lives. Our program merges sociology and psychology, offering a unique curriculum for counseling professions and advanced training in areas such as social work, counseling, and clinical mental health.

As part of your online behavioral health degree, you’ll take classes in the areas of:

  • Addiction
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Behavioral Health Degree Faculty

Our expert faculty have extensive clinical experience in addiction and other behavioral health settings. Collaborate on research exploring stress, trauma, and other underlying factors, or leverage our active research programs in addiction, anxiety, and child development. Gain invaluable insights from seasoned professionals on the frontlines of helping others.

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Get Started on Your Online Behavioral Health Degree

Are you ready to launch your behavioral health career? At Illinois College, you’ll get more than a degree – you’ll graduate READY for what comes next.

To apply to our online behavioral health program, you must:

  • Be a high school graduate (or equivalent)
  • Have earned at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Submit official transcripts of all college work completed

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