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2018-2019 Course Catalog 
2018-2019 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mental Health Behavioral Aide II Certificate

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Total Credits: 18

Major Number: 5902
CIP Code: 51.1502

Program Description

This certificate prepares students to enter the workplace as a Mental Health Behavioral Aide II. Mental Health Behavioral Aides help children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral concerns learn, practice, and retain skills that are initially taught by a therapist. This work may take place at the child’s home, school, or other settings in the community. The coursework in this certificate provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge about mental health, human development, and psychological principles that they will need for this position, and prepares students to provide direct patient care under the supervision of a mental health professional.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions


Program Requirements

Total Credits: 8

Career/Occupational Electives Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Total Credits: 7

MnTC Elective Requirements

Select at least one

Total Credits: 3

Additional Elective Requirements

Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

Each course applied to the certificate must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Explain how biological, psychological, and environmental factors affect mental health
  • Describe common psychological disorders in the DSM, including their treatments
  • Identify the types of psychotropic medications used with children and adults, as well as their potential side effects
  • Explain physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental changes throughout childhood and adolescence
  • Describe societal attitudes toward mental illness within contemporary society
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills that are effective in mental health-related situations, including de-escalation and redirecting behavior

Program Contact Information

Bruce Hinrichs 651.779.3458 Room 3453 West

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


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Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.

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