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Advanced Clinical Behavioral Health Graduate Certificate

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Behavioral Health Certificate Program

Online behavioral health certificate program

Get the training you need to effectively practice in today’s challenging behavioral health settings with CSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Behavioral Health.

Why clinical behavioral health?

Behavioral health, including clinical social work, is a growing and demanding field that requires ongoing training to understand current diagnoses, medications, and trauma-informed care practices. Individuals with mental illness and substance abuse problems are prevalent, yet underserved, in our society. We need more practitioners who are equipped to meet their needs, and improve their quality of life. Behavioral health certificate programs help to close the skills gap by preparing qualified helping professionals. This mental health certificate, offering online courses, prepares you to enter this important and in-demand role in the health care system.

What you learn

As you work to advance in the behavioral health field, CSU’s online certificate will help you:

  • Sharpen your diagnostic abilities with clinical skills training so you can ultimately create more effective treatment plans.
  • Understand recent changes to industry diagnosis standards as a result of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Edition (DSM-5TM).
  • Utilize practical insights from trauma-informed care training to ensure physical, psychological and emotional safety for clients and providers.
  • Obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to sit for state clinical exams.

In addition, and not typically covered in master’s-level programs, CSU’s certificate psychopharmacology courses offer training for professionals working with clients who take prescribed medication.

Courses successfully completed as part of the advanced clinical behavioral health certificate may also count toward elective credit hours required for completion of CSU’s Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), after formal admission per University transfer policies.

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Explore Careers Open Accordion

Upon completion of this mental health certificate, you will be well-prepared to step into a variety of roles within clinical practice, as well as pursue your License of Clinical Social Work (LCSW). Career path examples include:

  • Clinical therapy
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing

In addition, our certificate offers coursework in trauma-informed care and psychopharmacology training – two growing areas of study that can open doors within the mental health field.

Learning Experience Open Accordion

Our Advanced Clinical Behavioral Health certificate equips you with the skills and knowledge to work in challenging and perpetually changing behavioral health settings. As a student within the program, you’ll have the opportunity to study with CSU faculty who have obtained their clinical social work license and are currently practicing in the field. Learn about modern theory and research from these expert practitioners, and stay on the cutting edge of the field with a curriculum that adapts to industry trends.

Curriculum Open Accordion

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Required Curriculum:

Select two courses from the following

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Applications are reviewed as they are received. You can expect to be notified of your application status within two weeks of submitting all application materials.

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1 Review Admission Requirements

The advanced clinical behavioral health certificate requires students have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online).

  • Select  "Advanced Clinical Behavior Health (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select “Certificate” at the top.)

3 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor's degree. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

$725 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
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Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Behavioral Health
Time Frame
Can be completed in 3 semesters
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.

Application Dates

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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