Earn the necessary credits to sit for the National Counselor Examination—and become a licensed clinical professional counselor to diagnose and treat clients with any psychological issues.
If you've earned or are earning your master's degree in counseling or psychology, this 18-credit Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies program provides you with the 60 graduate credits and 125 hours of field experience required to sit for the National Counselor Examination.
Passing the National Counselor Examination allows you to practice for two years as a licensed graduate professional counselor while you complete the 3,000 total hours of professional experience required to become a fully licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Maryland and throughout the country.
As an LCPC, you can operate independently in your own practice and bill insurance companies as a private practitioner.
In this program, you'll work closely with an adviser to tailor your studies to best prepare you to sit for the exam and to meet other criteria established by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, all required to become an LCPC.
This program is an ideal progression for you if you have earned or are in the process of earning your master's degree in counseling or a related field; it can easily be paired with UBalt's M.S. in Applied Psychology.
This program will allow you to complete the 60 graduate credits and the 125 hours of field experience—through practicum opportunities offered in both the fall the spring semesters—that are required to sit for the National Counselor Exam.
You will benefit from the program's personal approach to study, the small class size and your exposure to our highly qualified faculty, who have extensive experience practicing professionally, working with graduate students, teaching and researching. They have trained and worked in a variety of settings, including university and college counseling centers, inpatient and outpatient mental-health facilities, substance-abuse treatment institutes and private practices.
Important information about licensure.
Students who complete the Counseling Psychology Concentration or Practitioner Specialization of the M.S. in Applied Psychology program AND complete the Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies (CPCS) program are able to meet the academic requirements for LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling) licensure in Maryland.
For students who wish to be licensed in other states, you should recognize that each state has its own regulations, and these regulations can change. On a case-by-case basis, faculty and staff can direct students to more information and provide guidance, yet the program has not formally determined how our program aligns to the regulations for other states, territories, and commonwealths.
UBalt annually offers all courses necessary for licensure; courses are offered evenings and occasionally during the day.
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