Training for clinical mental health counselors requires the minimal of a 60-credit-hour program, with 1,000 hours of practicum/internship. Clinical mental health counselors work in clinics, hospitals, public and private agencies and college and university settings. Currently, 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico license mental health counselors. A Certificate of Advance Study is available for individuals with a related master’s degree.
Graduate students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program may also transfer in nine (9) graduate credit hours from another university.
60 credit hours
Defend a portfolio
Prior to completion of the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mental Health Counseling, a student will complete and successfully defend a portfolio.
Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
A CAS program is available for persons with a related master's degree. Advisement and permission from the department are necessary before acceptance.
The program includes a three credit hour counseling practicum and a nine credit hour internship for a total of 1,000 clock hours of supervised experience.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LMHC New York State Niagara University’s program meets New York state requirements and graduates are license eligible after 3,000 post master’s clock hours and passing of the state test. Also, graduates may take the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination to be a certified clinical mental health counselor (CCMHC). The mental health program is aligned with the standards of the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).