Behavioral Health Support
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Offered through Human Studies
@ Florissant Valley | Wildwood
As healthcare reform continues in the United States, support positions in the helping fields are critical for creating better client outcomes and experiences, as well as reducing costs. The Associate in Applied Science in Behavioral Health Support program trains graduates to obtain employment as a support professional in the areas of addiction, disabilities, education support, mental health and psychiatric care. Graduates of this program are qualified for employment in entry-level positions in state, county and local human service agencies, substance use disorder facilities, community mental health centers, hospitals, schools and other identified agencies.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
To be admitted to the program, students must:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Provide three letters of reference
- Complete a criminal background check
- Participate in a personal interview
Opportunities in the Field
According to a 2016 study by the Department of Mental Health, there are approximately 2,000 community health support workers in Missouri, with a 42 percent turnover rate. This results in 500 new job openings each year.
The Department of Mental Health anticipates that associate degree holders in this program will earn between $28,000 - 32,000 per year. This salary is comparable to that of bachelor's degree technicians (Missouri Coalition Survey).
More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.
Faculty and Staff
St. Louis Community College expands minds and changes lives every day by offering high-quality educational experiences leading to degrees, certificates, employment, university transfer and life-long learning.
St. Louis Community College offers students several opportunities to develop and expand their interests outside of the classroom. We provide opportunities to participate in service learning, leadership development, civic engagement activities, community service projects, clubs/organizations and other special presentations.
As college costs continue to rise, St. Louis Community College continues to keep a high-quality college education within reach. It costs nearly 70 percent less per year to attend STLCC than other public universities in Missouri, and that figure is based on tuition alone. When you factor in additional four-year college expenses like room and board, the value of an education from STLCC becomes even clearer.