Mental Health, Associate of Applied Science

This program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of mental health and human services agencies. This curriculum is designed to train students to work as members of a mental health services delivery team and to render service directly to clients who may be in need of counseling, therapy, education or help with social problems. Graduates of the program are employed in mental health hospitals, community mental health clinics, centers for developmentally disabled, substance abuse treatment programs and other agencies responsible for the mental health and human service needs of the community.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. recognize and demonstrate the impact of stigma in mental illness treatment;
  2. participate in the daily oversight and evaluation of mental health consumers as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  3. manage crisis situations, including assessment and determining the most appropriate level of intervention for each client;
  4. assess, refer, and implement appropriate intervention/rehabilitation methods;
  5. demonstrate verbal and written skills in communicating clinical issues, treatment plans, strength assessments, and progress notes;
  6. identify the therapeutic method and lead psychosocial skills groups; and
  7. analyze and demonstrate core ethical and professional standards and behaviors in providing mental health services. 

Semester Sequence

NOTE: This is a suggested schedule for students who have completed any developmental course work and have no transfer credits. Students are required to complete the English and Mathematics requirements within the first 24 credit hours of courses. The remaining General Education courses can be taken in the order that students desire taking into account course prerequisites and course frequencies. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1 - Prior to Selective Admissions*

Semester 1

Short Session 1

Semester 2

Short Session 2

Semester 3

Important Information

Short Description

This program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of mental health and human services agencies. This curriculum is designed to train students to work as members of a mental health services delivery team and to render service directly to clients who may be in need of counseling, therapy, education or help with social problems. 

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code

S 702

Contacts and Additional Information

Courses Needed for This Program*

Prerequisites - 3 Credits

General Education - 22-23 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose one of the courses below to meet the Diversity requirement.

Program Requirements and Electives - 37 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Complete one 3-credit course from the list below.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 62-63*

Note

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

School of Health Professions Policies

Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and random drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.

Admission

Effective January 5, 2015, applications for all School of Health Professions programs, except Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant, are processed in a new Central Application Service called CCBC CAS. The link to the CAS and the application instructions are located in the program admissions packet at the School of Health Professions website. You will need a CCBC student ID number and a CCBC student account password to complete the application. If you have questions about the CCBC CAS process, contact the School of Health Professions Admissions Office at (443) 840-1989 or read the FAQ selections at the bottom of each page inside the CAS application.

 Admission to the Mental Health program is a separate process from admission to the College. Students must:

  1. enroll and complete MNTH 101 or MNTH 130 with a grade of "C" or better;
  2. during the semester of MNTH 130, go to the Mental Health Program admission packet at School of Health Professions website;
  3. complete the online application using your CCBC student ID number and pay the $50 application fee;
  4. upload additional admissions information, 2 professional reference letters and a one page essay directly to the CAS;
  5. schedule an interview with the Mental Health Program Director after receiving correspondence from the SHP Admissions Office to do so; and contact Ms. Luba Lebed for program advisement and general School of Health Professions questions at 443-840-1593. 

Other

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE).

Student Achievement Indicators

The Mental Health Program is one of 14 programs of the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).  It is a selective admission program.  This means that although there are students who identify as Mental Health majors, the numbers presented in these statistics are students who applied and were accepted into the program.

                               

Program Acceptance (Spring)

Retention

(Spring 2017)

Graduation (3 Clinical courses completed)

2012

15

12

12

2013

18

18

13

2014

17

  19*

     21**

2015

14

11

13

  • * two students returned to school to continue with second year classes
  • **Students from previous classes completed the last clinical course

                               

Transfer to B.S./B.A./BSW

2012

6

2013

4

2014

6

2015

6