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  • Behavioral Health
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Spring 2020

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 25

    Program Length: 3 semesters, 2 summers

    Part-time or Full-time: Both

    Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online

    Program Locations: Pueblo, Fremont, Southwest

  • What Will I Learn
    The Behavioral Health (BHP) program is a degree option for those who are interested in human behavior, especially in a clinical or health related settings. 

    During the program, students will study behavioral health concepts related to addiction and substance abuse, counseling, group dynamics and human development. The Behavior health program will also cover current trends, best practices and up-to-date research findings.  Students complete coursework for Certified Addiction Counselor I and II as a part of the Associate of Applied Science degree.

    If you wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree after earning your AAS you can take advantage of a smooth transfer to University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) BA in Human Services.

    Career Information
    Graduates from the behavioral health program can look forward to a rapidly growing job market that has several options.

    A behavior health specialist is a professional who works with people who have disabilities or problems with behavior and learning impairment in a variety of settings ranging from residential to outpatient, including but not limited to department of corrections, youth residential facilities, hospitals and outpatient facilities.

    Career Opportunities include: Behavioral health technician. Case manager, Peer support worker, Community health worker, Family support worker, Respite care worker. Paraprofessional counselor, and Social service liaison.

    Wages vary depending on the career and additional education. Annual wages mean range is $31,000 to $68,000.

    Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder counselor, Mental Health Counselor show a 2.45% increase in employment during 2018-2020 and 31.64% increase in employment from 2018-2028. (Information from Colorado LMI)

    Our Experienced Faculty
    PCC’s faculty are highly qualified in their respective fields of study. This degree has content taught by cross function teams in the Psychology, English, Math, Biology, Criminal Justice, Health Professions, Certified Addiction Counseling (CAC) and Psychiatric Technician department. 

  • Spotlight

    Students will complete coursework towards Certified Addiction Counseling (CAC) I and II certificates at PCC. Students will need to complete clinical hours to be eligible for the CAC certificates. Upon completion of this degree, students are  able to transfer coursework to UCCS towards a BA in Human Services with a CAC emphasis. UCCS  Human Services BA/CAC does include the necessary clinical hours for students to earn CAC I and II certifications from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).