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Christian Counseling Concentration

Bachelor’s Degree Program

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Graduates in the Christian Counseling Concentration will be able to:

Demonstrate competence in the basic terminology and concepts of psychology and counseling.

Analyze developmental psychological patterns.

Analyze behaviors against personality theories.

Communicate effectively using appropriate research style and methods.

Articulate the Biblical and theological basis of Christian Counseling.


New at Ascent -- FlexFocus Scheduling

Two classes, two months, twice a semester.

Pace your pairings to fit your schedule with six, 8-week periods offered throughout the year.

Pursue your education every other term.

String together four back-to-back sessions then take two-off like a traditional school year.

Or, study year-round to complete a Bachelor's program in less time at an accelerated pace.

Focus your education according to the flexibility of your schedule.

The choice is yours!

Course General Education 36 CR
COM 101 Speech Communication 3
ENG 101 Grammar & Composition 3
ENG 102 Composition & Literature 3
ENG 201 Academic Writing 2
GEN 100 Freshman Seminar 1
GEN 101 Library Resources 0
GEN 400 Senior Seminar 1
HIS 201 American History I 3
HIS 202 AMerican History II 3
HUM 301 Contemporary Society 3
MAT 115 Elements of Math 3
PSY 200 or SOC 200 Psychology or Sociology 3
SCI 100 General Health and Wellness 1
SCI 101 Life Science Lecture 3
SCI 102 Life Science Lab 1
SOC 400 Marriage & Family 3
Course General Bible/Ministry 44 CR
BIB 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 150 Principles of Bible Study I 3
BIB 202 Pentateuch 2
BIB 210 Life & Teachings of Christ 2
BIB 213 Book of Acts 2
BIB 314 Pauline Epistles 2
BIB 400 Bible Review III 0
MIN 101 Spiritual Formation I 2
MIN 102 Spiritual Formation II 2
MIN 110 Relational Outreach 2
MIN 211 Christian Ethics 2
MIN 240 Christian Leadership 3
MIN 260 Administration of Ministry 2
MIN 264 Apologetics 3
MIS 100 World Christian Perspectives 3
THE 201 Theology I 3
  Interdisciplinary Electives 5
Course Concentration Courses  50 CR
COUN 201 Intro to Christian Counseling 3
COUN 202 Issues in Christian Counseling 2
COUN 302 Christian Counseling Children 3
COUN 303 Christian Counseling Marr. Fam 3
COUN 304 Christian Counseling Women 3
PRA 100 Practicum I* 3
PRA 200 Practicum II 3
PRA 304 Practicum III 3
PRA 306 Practicum IV 3
PRA 401 Practicum V 3
PRA 402 Practicum VI 3
PSY 310 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 341 Psychology Personality 3
PSY 354 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
PSY 355 Introduction to Research 3
PSY 371 Theories of Counseling 3
PSY 430 Abnormal Psychology 3

*Practicums are 16-week courses and require 8 hours a week serving in the church.

Statement on Transferability of Credits and Degrees 

Students should be aware that transfer of credits to other institutions is solely at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Students who are considering attending Ascent College and then transferring to another college should contact the receiving institution for its policy on accepting credits from another institution.

Credits earned under the Associate degree offered at Ascent College are not considered credits under a terminal degree and these credits may be transferred to institutions toward a Bachelor degree at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Ascent College takes all credits earned at Ascent College from the Associate degree and applies them toward the Bachelor degree as long as the credits are compatible with the Bachelor degree plan selected.

Ascent College transfers in credit from other colleges in accordance with our Credit Policy.

Statement on Placement Services

Our college office receives many opportunities for various full-time or part-time ministry positions and will assist students in obtaining an interview with employing personnel. No guarantee for placement may be made; however, Ascent College does maintain contact with various denominational offices and may assist students with placement in ministry occupations.

Please note: This program does not meet the requirements for a Virginia professional counseling license.

Bachelor’s Concentration Options

Biblical Studies Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for teaching positions in the biblical/theological fields in a church ministry and for further graduate studies in biblical/theological fields.

Intercultural Studies Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for a career on the mission field.

Worship and Worshipping Arts Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for a leadership position in the area of worship in a church ministry.

Christian Counseling Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for advanced studies in the Christian Counseling field or for pastoral care positions.

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PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

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Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.