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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students in Master of Arts Counseling program can choose from one of our three high-quality, hands-on programs leading to professional positions as counselors. They benefit from engaging professors and small classes.

Each of the degree programs shares a common core of course-work in basic knowledge, including an introductory course for their degree program. Each specialty program offers a selection of coursework and field experience.

In addition to our three degree programs, the Department of Counseling and Development offers Post-Master’s Endorsements for the individuals who have already graduated with a master’s degree in a related field and who wish to complete coursework in one or more of our degree programs without completing another degree.

 

Program Highlights


The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students for work in community mental health agencies, residential treatment facilities, elementary and secondary schools, and hospitals and offers:

  • Small class sizes which allow faculty to work intensively with students.
  • Faculty who are engaging, student centered, and highly committed to teaching.
  • A 60 credit-hour cohort program
  • Graduates are eligible for the National Certified Counselor or credential (NCC) and are license-eligible in Pennsylvania as a professional counselor (LPC)
  • Specialty study options in Trauma and Rural/Distance Counseling
  • A small, safe campus environment

 

Admissions Requirements


Applicants must submit the following materials along with a completed online graduate application and non-refundable application fee:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 to be considered for unconditional admission. Undergraduate degrees from any discipline are acceptable.
  2. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies (MAT) scores.
  3. A written statement indicating their interest in the program, experience, and career goals (please see prompt on application).
  4. Two academic recommendation forms form a former or current college or university faculty member with knowledge of the applicant’s academic aptitude, suitability for intended program area, and ability to form interpersonal relationships. Selected applicants will be invited for an oncampus, phone or online interview.

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (60 Credits)


The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit-hour program that leads to eligibility for Pennsylvania licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and community mental health agencies. There are different concentrations in this program include: adult, child/adolescent, and school concentrations. School counseling students are also eligible for certification as a Professional School Counselor in Pennsylvania or Ohio.

 

Important Information Regarding Licensure


The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered by Westminster College is designed to prepare students to meet the educational requirements for licensure in most states. It is a student's responsibility to understand the specific requirements of the state in which they intend to apply for licensure and to be aware of any changes to those requirements. If they move to another state, the requirements for licensure will likely be different from the state where they currently reside, and they are responsible for determining the licensure requirements in the state to which they relocate.

The American Counseling Association provides a directory of all state professional counselor licensure boards. Students must complete at least a 100-hour practicum and two 300-hour internships during the program (some states require additional hours for licensure). In those states where additional practicum and/or internship hours or coursework is required, Westminster College will work with students to obtain the additional hours; however, students may need to seek courses in their home state to fulfill requirements outside of the degree-requirements. Westminster College does not guarantee that the completion of this program will result in state licensure or certification: In addition to successfully completing the educational requirements, students will need to meet other state licensure requirements, which often means post-master’s hours. Students are responsible for understanding if a background check is required to apply for licensure and for determining if their own circumstances pose any barriers to licensure. Additionally, students must pass the appropriate licensure examination in their state. Often, this is the CPCE or NCE examination. Students completing the program are generally eligible for the NCC credential, provided they meet all NBCC criteria and complete the other aforementioned requirements.