Basic Behavioral Health Sciences Track A Certificate

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

IHE Certificate of Completion

Method of Delivery

In Person

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours, Weekends

Instructional Program (CIP)

Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician. 511502


  1. Program Objective: Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge as required of basic behavioral health technicians.

 Description: Provide students with a foundation in the study of human behavior and prepare them to assist in caring for individuals with mental illness, challenging behaviors, and comorbid medical conditions. The focus of this program is on didactic knowledge, hands-on learning experiences, and practical training for students with no previous behavioral health, nursing assistant, caregiver, or medical assistant training or work experience.

Competencies to be achieved (12 credit hours):

BHS 101 Intro to Behavioral Health and Communication Skills (2 cr): This course is designed to introduce the student to the behavioral health field, including effective communication skills.  Topics include the behavioral health care system in Southern Arizona, customer service, ethics, boundaries, engagement, managing complex needs, court-ordered treatment and service plans, and effective communication skills and techniques.

BHS 102 Behavioral Health Skills and Safety Lab (2 cr):  In a lab setting, this course introduces the fundamental clinical techniques and safety measures performed by a behavioral healthcare specialist on-site. It covers facility, environmental, and patient safety as well as clinical and observational procedures such as vital signs and point of care testing. Observation and documentation of patients' behavior and physical condition are also included.

BHS 103 Case Documentation (1 cr): Maintaining clinical records in various community behavioral health settings necessitates using observation and documentation procedures. Therefore, terms, technical forms, and legal concerns in case reports are included. Also included is an overview of the sorts of clinical cases that behavioral health personnel encounter throughout the continuum of care, such as substance abuse and mental health problems.

BHS 104 Behavioral Health Clinical Experience (2 cr):  Introduction to working in the behavioral health sector; observation of professionals performing direct care or services for individuals receiving behavioral health treatment; professionalism in the behavioral health field; and application of care giving principles through hands-on practice. The course also includes patient interactions, case documentation, clinical procedures, and safety procedures. There is a focus on developing collaborative relationships with other members of the treatment team as well as developing basic assessment and intervention skills.  In addition, the course will provide students with a basic understanding of caregiving principles, and will allow them to apply these principles through live patient interactions.

BHS 105 Clinical Behaviors (2 cr):  Overview of primary clinical behaviors frequently encountered by behavioral health personnel due to mental illnesses, substance use, violence or abuse, and grief or bereavement. This course covers a range of drug use problems, such as classifications of drugs, addiction theories, cultural views, and treatment techniques. The course also addresses domestic violence, including historical and contemporary causes and community resources, and information on dealing with the bereaved and others who have experienced traumatic loss.

BHS 106 Personal Well-Being and Basic Care Coordination (3 cr): The purpose of building human resilience and well-being is to prevent burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue for social services and mental health professionals, healthcare providers, emergency first responders, and other relationship-intense occupations. This course will cover the causes, symptoms, and effects of traumatic stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and additional work-related stress with a focus on enhancing the quality of life and improving a healthy lifestyle by incorporating evidenced-based practices in psychological and emotional resilience training, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, prevention, peer support, and self-care, including nutrition, exercise, and sleep. The course will also include a basic overview of the principles, practices, and functions of case management in human services and the various resources within the state, region, and local community.

Total Cost of Program (include all costs to the student including testing, certification):

In-state: $1313.00

Out-of-state: $1877.00


  • In-state tuition: $1128.00

  • Out-of-state Tuition: $1692.00

Additional Fees:

  • Bus Fee: $5.00 (Fall/Spring only)

  • Web Fees: $30 per class if applicable (total of up to $180.00)

  1. Provide a list of all books required for the program (even if cost of books is included in tuition):

Books are TBD since this is a new program. Information will be updated as needed.

 Provide a list of all supplies required for the program (even if costs are included in tuition): N/A

 WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification:

Name: Jennifer Freedman, Perkins and Program Support Specialist for Workforce Dev and CTE


Phone number: (928) 344-7757

Direct Website link to the program:

Additional information:

  • Background check may be required for working in the occupation.

  • Students must be accepted into the Basic Behavioral Health Science Track A program

Refund Policy (provide a summary if Refund policy is not listed on school website):

Credentials: (The following questions must be answered along with a supporting explanation for each)

  • Industry Recognized: (Developed and offered by, or endorsed by a nationally-recognized industry association or organization representing a sizeable portion of the industry sector)

Yes or No: No

  • Stackable: (Part of a sequence of credentials)

Yes or No: Yes

Career Pathway:   AA Degree

  • Portable: (Recognized in other geographical areas; by other educational institutions; or by other industries/companies)

 Yes or No (Explain): Yes, skills and knowledge can transfer nationwide.

  • Accredited Curriculum: (This is referring to the course being accredited, not the test or school)

Yes or No: Yes, Higher Learning Commission

Link to Accrediting Website:

Credential Attainment Rate: Percentage of students in the last 24 months who obtained a postsecondary credential, or secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, during participation or within one year after exit from the training program.

New Program, no data


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements



Arizona Western College

WIOA Approved Program


Training Location(s)

2020 S. Ave 8E, Yuma, Arizona

Local WIB

9 - ARIZONA@WORK Yuma County

Name of Credential

Basic Behavioral Health Sciences Track A Certificate

Type of financial aid offered or have access to


Refund Policy

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - Higher Learning Commission

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

In-State/District Tuition


Other Fees

$5.00 Bus fee, $5 per semester, fall and spring only

Out-of-State/District Tuition


Registration Fee

$180.00 web fee for up to 6 courses ($30 each)

Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

29-2053.00Psychiatric Technicians
$13.94 per hour
Required Certification: Basic Behavioral Health Sciences Track A Certifica

Provider Status



2020 S. Ave 8E, Yuma, Arizona 85365

Phone Number

(928) 344-7567

Fax Number

(928) 317-6048

Web Address

Last Updated

May 25, 2023


May 15, 2023


May 25, 2024

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