Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum below is for the M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

This 60 credit, three year full-time (or four year part-time) graduate program is offered primarily online and consists of 51 credits of common core courses related to counseling, assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment planning. Nine additional credits of courses related to specializations such as counseling military/veterans and their families, counseling children and adolescents, or a general clinical mental health counseling specialization track are also required. Within the common core curriculum is a practicum and internship requirement that may be conducted in the student's local area with face-to-face supervision in a site approved by the university faculty.

Cohort Model 

The CMHC program uses a cohort model to help establish a learning community amongst the students. The CMHC program will accept up to 40 students each fall semester. Students can choose to enter the full-time (three courses each semester including summers) or part-time cohort (two courses each semester including summers). While students can change from one cohort to the other, classes are only offered one time per year; therefore, changing cohorts will impact the student’s program of study.  All students entering the program with a GPA below a 3.0 will automatically be placed in the part-time cohort.  If there is any doubt that the full-time cohort may be too much given a student’s additional personal and professional responsibilities, it is highly recommended that the student enters the part-time cohort in order to be successful in the program, maintain other personal and professional responsibilities, and attend to one’s own self-care needs.  

Minimum Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete and earn a minimum overall 3.0 GPA in 60 credits of coursework (51 core credits and 9 elective credits) to include:  a 100 hour practicum and 600 hours of internship.  Students must also  meet all competency standards throughout practicum and internship as well as receive positive evaluations from site supervisors and program faculty.  As of July 1, 2015, matriculated students will be required to take a comprehensive final exam prior to graduation.  All students who matriculated prior to July 1, 2015 are strongly encouraged to take the final comprehensive examination prior to graduation.  

Program Objectives:

  1. Graduates will show a commitment to the counseling professional identity through active membership and participation in professional organizations, and through ethical and professional behavior in their work with peers, faculty, clients, and other professionals, and a commitement to self-care.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices of effective culturally appropriate counseling skills to include: assessment, case conceptualization, diagnosis using both the DSM-5 and the ICD-10, treatment, consultation, referral, and current record keeping.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and practices of effective culturally appropriate individual, group, couples and family, career counseling skills, and crisis intervention and treating trauma.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge, skills and practices to effectively counsel diverse populations, advocate for clients and the profession, understand how to influence policy to enhance the professional practice of counseling including prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate current knowledge, skills, and practices to use relevant research findings to critically evaluate programs, inform practice, and determine the effectiveness of measurable outcomes in treatment and prevention.

Shared Core (51 credits)

For full descriptions of the courses listed below, visit our course descriptions website

  • CMHC605: Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (offered every fall)
  • CMHC610: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (offered every fall)
  • CMHC615: Assessment & Testing in Mental Health Counseling (offered every spring)
  • CMHC620: Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling (offered every fall)
  • CMHC625: Skills and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling (offered every spring)
  • CMHC630: Research and Evaluation (offered every spring)
  • CMHC635: Multicultural Counseling (offered every fall)
  • CMHC640: Career Development and Counseling (offered every summer)
  • CMHC645: Addiction Counseling (offered every summer)
  • CMHC650: Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (offered every fall)
  • CMHC655: Advanced Counseling Skills (offered every fall)
  • CMHC660: Family and Couples Therapy (offered every summer)
  • CMHC665: Group Counseling (offered every spring)
  • CMHC685: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling (offered every spring)
  • CMHC690:  Practicum (100 clock hours-3 credits) (offered every summer)
  • CMHC695:  Internship I (300 clock hours-6 credits; offered every fall)
  • CMHC696:  Internship II (300 clock hours – 3 credits; offered fall and spring)

Child and Adolescent Counseling Track

  • CMHC662: Child and Adolescent Counseling (offered every fall)
  • CMHC664: Creative Therapies for Children and Adolescents (offered every spring)
  • CMHC670: Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (offered every spring)


Military/Veteran Track

  • CMHC675: Issues facing Military Veterans (offered every summer)
  • CMHC680: Reintegration and Recovery for Veterans and their Families (offered every summer)
  • CMHC670: Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (offered every spring)

Generalized Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

  • 1 course from the Military/ Veteran Specialization
  • 1 course from the Children/Adolescent Specialization
  • CMHC670: Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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(570) 484-2027

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