Basic Behavioral Health Sciences Track C Certificate

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

IHE Certificate of Completion

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Weekends

Instructional Program (CIP)

Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician. 511502


A. 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, and practical training.

Competencies to be achieved (8 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 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 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.

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

In-state: $1348.15

Out-of-state: $1724.15


  • In-state tuition: $776.00

  • Out-of-state Tuition: $1152.00

Additional Fees:

  • Bus Fee: $6.00 (Fall/Spring only)

  • Technology Fees: $40, $5 per credit hour

 Non-AWC fees:

  • Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card: $73.00

  • TB Screen: $20-30

  • CPR/1st Aid: $55

  • Books: $368.15

Total fees:  $572.15

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

  • BHS 101: Therapeutic Communication for Health Care Professionals, Tamparo, Lindh, Blesi (ISBN: 9780357619018)  $194.00

  • BHS 103: The Clinical Documentation Sourcebook (ISBN:  9780470527788)  $64.16

  • BHS 105: Psychopathology and Life: A Dimensional Approach Kearny (ISBN: 9780357797945) $42.99

  • BHS 106: Concepts in Health and Wellness Robinson/McCormick (ISBN: 9781418055417) $67.00

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

 E. WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification:

Name: Karyn Van Why, Grants and Workforce Special Programs Coordinator


Phone number: (928) 317-6339

F. Direct Website link to the program:

G. Additional information:

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

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

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

I. 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:

J. 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.

As of 5/23/2024 0% earned the credential.


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 C 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

Books (Estimated)


In-State/District Tuition


Other Fees

$204.00 bus fee, $6 per semester, fall/spring only; AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card ($73), TB Screen ($30), CPR Class ($55), technology fee ($40, $5 per credit hour)

Out-of-State/District Tuition


Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

29-2053.00Psychiatric Technicians
$14.70 per hour
Required Certification: Basic Behavioral Health Sciences Track C Certifica

Provider Status



2020 S. Ave 8E, Yuma, Arizona 85365

Phone Number

(928) 317-6339

Fax Number

(928) 317-6048

Web Address

Last Updated

May 30, 2024


May 15, 2023


May 30, 2026

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