The Department of Counseling’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 semester hours of academic coursework and leads to a Master of Arts degree upon successful completion of all requirements. The degree is designed to meet the current academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the licenses of Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). Also, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree meets the academic requirements for the National Counselor Certification (NCC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Counselors licensed as PCCs in the State of Ohio function at an independent practice level, allowing them to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision. PCCs who obtain the State Board’s supervision credential may also supervise other counselors. PCCs may maintain a private practice.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program involves an interdisciplinary course of study and has been designed to meet the needs of the part-time student while also accommodating full-time study. Courses are primarily offered in the evening to accommodate students who work during the day. Prospective students can learn a lot more about the clinical mental health counseling profession from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.