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Basic Behavioral Health Sciences

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic Behavioral Health Sciences is designed to provide students with a foundational study of human behavior and prepare them to assist, as part of a clinical team, in the care of individuals and families dealing with mental illness, comorbid medical conditions, and challenging behaviors. The program includes courses designed to provide students with the skills necessary to deliver essential behavioral health and social services. The core focus of the program is practical training and service learning experiences.


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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Academic Plan
Basic Behavioral Health Sciences (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Distinguish the role, function, and responsibilities, of various mental health professions.
  2. Assess the comprehensive bio-psycho-social needs of diverse client populations in behavioral health and social service settings.
  3. Practice methods to resolve current symptoms and prevent future effects of burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue.
  4. Manage individual cases, as part of a multidisciplinary team, in a fashion that best serves the patient and simultaneously protects the practitioner.
  5. Develop, implement, and document treatment plans in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.
  6. Evaluate and practice evidence-based behavioral health interventions using assessment and outcome measures.
  7. Demonstrate ethical interpersonal and communication skills important in establishing and maintaining relationships.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other


Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers


Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other


Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors


There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Psychiatric Aides
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria


Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS150 Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services Critical course Gateway course H, SB 3
BHS155 Professional Resiliency Against Traumatic Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Prevention Critical course 1
BHS160 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS165 Applied Therapeutic Communication Skills 3
BHS170 Case Management and Clinical Documentation 3
BHS180 Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Basic Behavioral Health Sciences (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.