Program Phases

Admission Phase | 0-12 credits (1st through 4th courses)

1. Complete all prior prerequisites that include graduate credits of Bible and any undergraduate prerequisites.

2. Register and complete preliminary core courses

3. Probationary students will require regular course review with advisor at the end of each semester.

Assessment Phase | 13-18 credits (5th through 6th courses)

1. Student will contact department administrative assistant to receive a list of clinicians in the area who are competent in the following assessments:

  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, 2nd edition (MMPI 2)
  • 16 Personality Factors
  • Campbell Interest and Skills Survey (CISS)

2. Clinical Testing

3. Candidacy Application

Practicum Phase | 19-30 credits (7th through 10th courses)

1. Students who have been approved for candidacy will have registered for MFC/MHC 601 Counseling Practicum and selected a practicum site based on the approved list with the assistance of their advisor.

2. The practicum course is a supplemented (combination of online and campus instruction) course that enables students to apply learned methodologies to real world counseling situations. Each student will select a practicum site and participate in delivery of services in accordance with organizational requirements. Some students will encounter face to face therapy opportunities, while others may work in groups, direct care, and/or observation of clients.

3. Capstone Option

Internship Phase | 31-48 credits (11th through 16th courses) 

1. The student applies for MHC/MFC 602 Counseling Internship after the completion of MHC/MFC 601 Counseling Practicum and a total of 30 credits are completed including the majority number of the student’s respective program’s general and professional core.

2. A satisfactory internship grade of 3.0 or higher is essential for retention in this field service program.

Graduation Phase | 31-48 credits (11th through 16th courses)

1. The student must choose an academic program and fulfill the requirements of 48 academic credits. Each program involves candidacy approval, practicum, internship, and capstone requirements.

2. The student is expected to complete the program within 5 years. See the iLEAD Center for information about obtaining an extension.

3. The GPA requirement for graduation is 3.00. 

Licensure Phase | 49-60 credits (17th through 20th courses)

1. Register and complete remaining 12 credits for state requirements. Courses include the following:MFC/MHC 603 Applied Field Service, CPS 588 Career & Vocational Counseling, CPS 583 Cross Cultural Counseling, and an additional elective course.

2. Begin accruing licensure hours under supervision of LPC totaling 3600 in the following categories: 1800 Direct Contact Hours, 200 Supervision Hours comprised of Individual and Group Supervision. and 1600 Reading, Research, Administration, and Writing Hours.

3. Register to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) through National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Contact NBCC and provide credentials to register for the NCE. Once approved, usually 30-45 days, you may schedule your exam at several exam locations offered several times per month at H&R Block tax prep locations throughout Pennsylvania.

4. Upon completion of these three requirements, the following will need to be sent to the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors: Transcript demonstrating successful completion of 60 graduate credits in counseling, NBCC to send Official NCE results. and Supervisors signature of licensure hours completed.

5. Please note that this process is a difficult one to navigate alone. LBC and your advisor are available to assist you as needed.