Online Behavioral Health

For your convenience, classes are asynchronous and can be taken wherever and whenever is right for you, allowing you the flexibility you need as a working adult.

Online Details

The Online BS in Behavioral Health Degree is Designed for:

  • Those who want to become certified substance abuse counselors through a flexible program that works with their schedules.
  • Students preparing for graduate programs in counseling, social work and clinical mental health.
  • Healthcare and human services professionals who have interests in psychology and sociology.

Become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor

The online Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health from Illinois College helps you reach your full potential to change lives. Our innovative program combines the subject areas of sociology and psychology, giving you a unique experience tailored for counseling professions and advanced training programs in social work, counseling, clinical mental health and more.

You’ll prepare to take the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) licensure exam in Illinois as you study leading-edge perspectives on counseling, crisis intervention, cultural awareness and human services research. Our bachelor’s degree program also allows you to gain career-focused experience through a hands-on practicum in a clinical setting.

Become a competitive candidate for growing careers through a curriculum accredited by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. You can utilize your skills as a substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselor. Job openings for these professionals are projected to grow 22% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the national average for other professions.

Discover how the online Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health from Illinois College will help you Graduate READY for the career you want most.

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Courses and Admissions


The curriculum for the online BS in Behavioral Health degree combines core coursework with an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counseling concentration. The program requires 120 total credit hours, including 48 major credit hours.

Illinois College also offers a stand-along CADC Program which will accept students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and who have completed Introduction to Psychology. These students will then be able to meet the criteria to become a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. The stand alone CADC program totals 24 hours (not including Introduction to Psychology) and can be completed in one year. If a student has not taken Introduction to Psychology, Illinois College offers this course online so students can gain entrance into the program.

See the full list of courses HERE.

Admission Requirements
  • Be a high school graduate (or equivalent)
  • Have earned a 2.5 GPA
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