Behavioral Healthcare Concentration - Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS)

The Behavioral Healthcare concentration is one of two programs in the Health Sciences department at Methodist College where students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. 

The Methodist College Behavioral Healthcare concentration was developed in response to the growing need for competent direct service providers .  The program prepares students for career in behavioral health, mental health, or addiction treatment.

Upon graduating from this program, you will be able to work in primary acute care and/or restorative or rehabilitation facilities in a variety of community agencies and healthcare institutions. The skills and knowledge you gain will help you pursue a professional career involving case management, counseling, psychosocial rehabilitation, health coaching, crisis stabilization and other services.  The program also will also prepare you for advanced degree studies.

What will I learn in the Behavioral Healthcare program?

Care Across the Lifespan

You will learn how to promote the holistic care of patients ranging from adolescents to older adults.

Assessment & Treatment

Your courses will equip you to manage the assessment and treatment of patients in a variety of settings, from initial screenings through professional counseling.

Counseling & Therapy

As a graduate of the Behavioral Health program, you will have the skills to provide foundational counseling to clients in a supervised clinical setting.

Specialty Areas

The Behavioral Health curriculum will provide you with the knowledge to work in an array of specialty areas, such as acute care, rehabilitation, and health coaching.

What's unique about the Behavioral Healthcare program at Methodist College?

The Behavioral Healthcare program at Methodist College is one of the most comprehensive programs in downstate Illinois. It will prepare you to provide holistic care to a diverse array of patients, in a variety of settings, for a range of specialty treatment areas.

Our program also offers a built-in practicum, which allows you to gain valuable field experience before you graduate. Throughout the practicum, you will act as a contributing member of a functional healthcare team, allowing you to transition seamlessly to a career after graduation.

What does a career in Behavioral Healthcare look like?

With a career in Behavioral Healthcare, you will function as an essential member of a holistic healthcare team. You will be equipped with the skills to assist a diverse array of clients throughout their wellness journey- from intake screenings to foundational counseling. As a behavioral health specialist, you can work in a variety of settings such as outpatient clinics, primary care practices, and hospitals.

Career Opportunities*

  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors (may require additional advanced degree)
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Mental Health Counselors (may require additional advanced degree)
  • Psychiatric Aides
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Mental Health Associate (job title specific to UnityPoint Health)
  • Patient Care Assistant Community Behavioral Health (job title specific to UnityPoint Health)

Ready to find your future?  Visit Methodist College Information Sessions.

Read this Peoria Journal Star article on expansion of mental health and addiction services at UnityPoint Health - Peoria.

View the Brochure.

View a sample curriculum.

For more information about the program, as well as admission requirements, please contact the Methodist College Admissions Office at 309-672-5513.

International students should contact Kyle Bright at or at (309) 672-5513.