Make a difference in your community.

Turn your passion for helping others into a profession with Jefferson Online. The fully online, flexible B.S. in Behavioral and Health Services degree provides the knowledge you need for careers that support individuals and communities in managing mental health and other health issues. Through coursework in psychology, counseling, rehabilitation and more, you’ll gain valuable skills you can apply both on the job and for continued study in graduate school.

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Degree Details


Next Start Date

2-3 Years

Program Length

120 Hours


8 Weeks

Course Length

Course Map

General Education Requirements (24 Credits)

  • Written Communication Elective
  • Written Communication Elective
  • STAX 211 Finding & Evaluating Statistical Data
  • Science Elective
  • COMX 220 Speaking to Lead in the Digital Age
  • PHLX 222 Applied Professional Ethics
  • PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology/ Fundamentals of Psychology
  • CCSE 101/CSSX 101 Learning Across the Lifespan (Note: Students start their program with this course)

Creativity & Leadership Core (15 Credits)

  • CLCX 310 Creativity Foundations and Applications
  • CLCX 320 Creativity in Digital Age
  • CLCX 330 Project Management
  • CLCX 340 Leading Diverse Organizations
  • CLCX 350 Creative Leadership

Major Requirements (30 Credits)

  • PSYX 251 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYX 253 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYX 254 Psychology of Addiction
  • PSYX 256 Psychology of Trauma
  • PSYX 262 Counseling Psychology
  • PSYX 263 Interpersonal Relations & Small Group Dynamics
  • BHSX 351 Behavioral Health Policies & Services
  • BHSX 353 Human Services Administration
  • BHSX 361 Applications of Behavioral Health Research
  • BHSX 498 Behavioral & Health Services Capstone

Free Electives (51 Credits)

You may transfer credits earned from successfully completed courses from previously attended, accredited colleges/universities. The transfer credits will be determined from transcripts. Your academic advisor will help you choose courses to complete your degree.

Potential Careers

As a graduate of this program, you will gain skills to work with children, teens and adults in your community. This rewarding field is experiencing rapid growth, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 23% percent growth rate through the year 2024. You also will be prepared to apply to graduate studies in psychology and counseling. Other career opportunities include:

  • Mental health technician
  • Residential treatment specialist
  • Health services manager
  • Community health specialist

Admissions Requirements

Jefferson Online has a rolling admissions policy that allows decisions to be made as soon as your file is complete.

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Provide an official copy of a high school transcript with a posted graduation date or proof of successful completion of a GED program. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply for admission. Thomas Jefferson University accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Thomas Jefferson University
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

  3. High school and GED accreditation must be recognized by a state, regional, or other accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  4. If you have earned credits after high school, you will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. An official copy of a transcript is a transcript that is stamped with the school’s seal.

Once you’ve applied, your enrollment counselor will provide you with an Official Transcript Request form. You should fill this out and return it signed in ink to your Enrollment Counselor. We will work to request your transcripts from any prior institutions on your behalf. You can get a head start on the credit evaluation process by submitting unofficial transcripts of grades and credits for prior coursework to, with a statement indicating where you are in the application process.

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