Bachelor of Science

Behavioral Health

Program Details

Next Start Date
August 29
Est. Program Length
2 years
Major Credit Hours
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
Credits Accepted

*Major coursework can be completed in two years. The full program can be completed in this time if student transfers significant credit hours..

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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.1

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

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.


Clarissa Richardson | Assistant Professor of Psychology

Clarissa Richardson

Education Background

  • BS in Biology with minors in Psychology and Chemistry | Illinois College
  • PhD in Counseling Psychology | University of Florida

Field Experience

I completed my doctoral internship at Washington State University Counseling and Wellness Center and my postdoctoral clinical hours at the University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center. I am a Licensed Psychologist in Illinois and specialize in working with individuals navigating issues related to perfectionism, work-life balance, relationships, parenting, stress, addiction, anxiety, depression and trauma. I am trained in multicultural and feminist-based counseling and various therapy approaches, including mindfulness, emotion-focused, person-centered, motivational interviewing, and cognitive processing of trauma. I love teaching my students about these therapy approaches!

Teaching Style

My teaching style is focused on building relationships with students and providing an engaging and safe space to learn and examine complex topics related to behavioral health, addiction and therapy. I seek to make my classes creative, fun, interactive and personally meaningful. I strongly believe in meeting students where they are in their educational process and helping guide them to success, both in the classroom and through the one-on-one mentoring that happens outside the classroom.

What Else?

My research investigates how perfectionism impacts coping with stress, particularly daily stress. In addition to using surveys to measure stress, I also use physiological markers (cortisol and heart rate variability) of the stress response. I am also interested in examining interventions for improving the adverse effects of perfectionism, such as mindfulness, disclosure, emotion regulation, stress management and social connectedness.

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Courses and Admissions

12 Total core courses in program

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-alone CADC Program which will accept students with an Associate’s degree who have completed Introduction to Psychology (Abnormal Psychology is recommended, but not required). 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). If a student has earned an Associate’s degree, but has not taken PS 101, Illinois College does offer PS 101 Introduction to Psychology online to help gain entrance into the program.


Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the BS in Behavioral Health degree, applicants must:

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

How to Apply

Candidates must submit:

  • An online application
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  • Official transcripts of all high school and/or college work completed


At Illinois College, we feature a high-quality education at a price you can afford. See how your past academic credentials can help you make the most of your college education.

Curriculum ComponentCostTotal*
Tuition (48 credit hours)$375 per credit hour$18,000
Fees (4 terms)$50 per term$200
Total with Transfer Credits$18,200

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Career Outcomes

When you complete your behavioral health degree online with Illinois College, you’ll Graduate READY for career advancement. Your education will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

All employment information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.

  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselor

    Substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors advise people on various issues, such as alcoholism, addictions or depression. They provide support, including prevention, to help clients recover from addiction, modify problem behaviors or improve mental health.

    $48,520 Median Annual Salary
  • Social Worker

    Social workers help patients and their families manage complex issues, understand their emotions, cope with problems and access community resources. They frequently advocate for social justice and human rights, encouraging patients through their unique circumstances.

    $51,607 Median Annual Salary
  • Marriage and Family Therapist

    Marriage and family therapists counsel individuals, couples and families regarding a wide range of possible psychological issues relating to their personal relationships. Marriage and family therapists may encounter clients with depression, substance abuse, psychological problems, infidelity and low self-esteem.

    $56,843 Median Annual Salary

Why Illinois College?

  • Take the fast track.

    You can earn an online Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health in 2 years.

  • Career readiness.

    Prepare for real-world success through online classes taught by experienced faculty.

  • A comprehensive curriculum.

    Our online behavioral health program is rooted in interdisciplinary study, something that increases your marketability in the workforce.

Benefits of
Learning Online

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