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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!

Freshman Fall Semester 16 CR
GEN 100 Freshman Seminar 1
ENG 101 Grammar & Composition 3
MAT 115 Elements of Math 3
PSY 200 Intro to Psychology 3
SCI 100 General Health and Wellness 1
BIB 105 Old Testament Survey 3
MIN 101 Spiritual Formation I 2
GEN 101 Library Resources 0
Freshman Spring Semester 17 CR
ENG 102 Composition & Literature 3
SCI 101 Life Science Lecture 3
SCI 102 Life Science Lab 1
MIN 102 Spiritual Formation II 2
MIN 110 Relational Outreach 2
BIB 110 New Testament Survey 3
PRA 100 Practicum 3
Sophomore Fall Semester 16 CR
COM 101 Speech Communications 3
HIS 201 American History I 3
BIB 150 Principles of Bible Study I 3
MIN 211 Christian Ethics 2
MIS 100 World Christian Perspectives 3
ENG 201 Academic Writing 2
Sophomore Spring Semester 16 CR
BIB 202 Pentateuch 2
BIB 213 Book of Acts 2
HIS 202 American History II 3
THE 201 Theology I 3
COUN 201 Introduction to Christian Counseling 3
PRA 200 Practicum II 3
Junior Fall Semester 17 CR
BIB 210 Life & Teachings of Christ 2
PSY 310 Developmental Psychology 3
MIN 240 Christian Leadership 3
PSY 354 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
MIN 264 Apologetics 3
PRA 305  Practicum III 3
Junior Spring Semester 16 CR
BIB 314 Pauline Epistles 2
PSY 341 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY 355 Introduction to Research 3
MIN 260 Administration of Ministry 2
PRA 306 Practicum IV 3
Interdisciplinary minor elective 3
Senior Fall Semester 17 CR
HUM 301 Contemp. Soc. Christ.View 3
PSY 371 Theories of Counseling/Psychotherapy 3
PSY 430 Abnormal Psychology 3
PRA 401 Practicum V 3
COUN 202 Issues of Christian Counseling 2
COUN 302 Christian Counseling for Children 3
Senior Spring Semester 15 CR
GEN 400 Senior Seminar 1
SOC 400 Marriage & Family 3
COUN 303 Christ. Counsel for Marriage & Fam 3
COUN 304 Christian Counseling for Women 3
PRA 402 Practicum VI 3
Interdisciplinary Elective 2
BIB 400 Bible Review III 0

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.