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Community and Mental Health

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (B.A.A.S.)


The Community and Mental Health track is designed for those students who wish to seek entry level positions in social service agencies or in child or elderly care facilities. It is also designed for those hoping to further their education in graduate school, as students wishing to provide mental health counseling in the state of Texas must be licensed. Graduate schools will provide the coursework, internship, and practicum opportunities necessary for licensure.


For those students who wish to work as an Adult Protective Service Worker, a Child Care Licensing Inspector or a Residential Child Care Licensing Inspector, a bachelor’s degree is required. A bachelor’s degree meets one of the minimum education requirements for a Child Protective Service worker.


Students who would like to work as a Nursing Facility Administrator must have at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject, plus 15 hours in long term care administration or equivalent.


The BAAS Community and Mental Health degree allows students to not only earn a bachelor’s degree, but also has several electives available for students, which can be used to tailor the degree to meet the needs of a specific career, graduate school or agency.


B.A.A.S. students in the Community and Mental Health track will be required to complete the course requirements listed on their degree plan.  Students must meet with the B.A.A.S. advisor to obtain an official degree plan and determine which previously completed courses are eligible to transfer.

Community and Mental Health Degree Plan


BAAS Academic Advisor Contact Information:

Shannon Chambers
Office: Faculty Center 148
Phone: (361) 825.5931