Behavioral Health Support - Associate of Applied Science

The Behavioral Health Support Program trains students for employment in behavioral health, community support and human service roles. Students seeking a position to aid the needy in their community should consider these career options. This program includes 360 hours of work experience during which students will assist real clients with their behavioral and physical health. This is an accelerated program, with students finishing in a year and a half. Unlike the A.A. in Behavioral Science, which is designed for students seeking a four-year degree, the A.A.S. degree qualifies students to enter the workforce immediately. Community support specialists are always in-demand. Graduates find work in rehab clinics, half-way houses, retirement centers and other facilities that help society’s most vulnerable members.

The Behavioral Health Support Program is supported by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Work with the needy to change lives
Serve their communities
Free people from addiction
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Credits: 64*
Graduation Retention Rate: 92%*

Possible Careers

Social work assistant
Case management aide
Community outreach worker
Addiction counselor

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Program-specific Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Amy Shelley
Behavioral Health Support
Program Director


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