Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Credits: 60 (program code 0720)
Post-Masters Licensure - Credits: Variable (program code: 0701)

Program Description

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to work as professional counselors in a variety of behavioral health and social service settings. Courses offered by the department have been approved by both the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification and continuing education credits (Act 48).

The program fulfills the degree requirements necessary to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as being able to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE). Students completing the 60-credit master's degree program will meet the educational requirements required to become Licensed Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure Act 136 of 1998). Students will need two or more additional years of supervised work experience after graduation to complete the requirements for LPC.

Prospective students are advised to read the Counselor Education Student Handbook, which describes the philosophy, admissions and departmental procedures in detail. The handbook may be downloaded from the counselor education web page:

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)


Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

This program fulfills the master's degree requirements for:

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania

Vital Program Statistics for the Academic Year 2016-17

Admission Criteria


Practicum/clinical field experience

Practicum and clinical field experience are taken near the end of the student's program. Practicum requires a minimum of 150 hours on-site. The student will be supervised by a professional in his/her area of interest. The clinical field experience requires a minimum of 600 hours under the supervision of a professional in the student's area of interest. This will be arranged in consultation with the field site coordinator.

Post-Master's Preparation for Licensure Application

After completion of a master's in counseling or a related field, students are often required to complete additional credits in order to obtain their LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) licensure. The counselor education post-master's program is a non-degree program designed to provide the opportunity for students to complete courses after their master's degree to total 60 credits, as required to become an LPC in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure Act 136 of 1998). Two or more additional years of supervised work experience after graduation is also required to complete the LPC.

The department will evaluate your transcripts and advise which courses are required. Students should contact their licensure board to verify their eligibility and requirements for licensure.

Admission requirements are the same as above for entrance into the master's degree program.


Students in the clinical mental health program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website

For Additional Information

Phone: 724-938-4187

Program Coordinator

Grafton Eliason, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., B.A. (Duquesne University), M.Ed., B.A. (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), Professor

Program Faculty

Grafton Eliason, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., B.A. (Duquesne University), M.Ed., B.A. (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), Professor

Elizabeth Gruber,
NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Professor, Field Site Coordinator

John Patrick
, D.Ed. (Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (University of Scranton), B.A. (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor

Jeff Samide
, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Associate Professor

Jacqueline A. Walsh
, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor