Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to the program if I am an international student?
Absolutely, we have a number of international students who are enrolled in the program. You should note, however, that there are different application requirements for international students. To learn more about these requirements and the application process, contact the graduate school at (856) 256-4052.
Once I finish the program, will I be eligible for my LPC?
No, having a master’s degree in counseling fulfills only one of the requirements for the LPC. Here are the additional requirements:
Certification from the New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor is regulated by the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners and the Professional Counselor Examiners Committee. Note that final approval for you LPC rests with the Board and not with Rowan.
I graduated with fewer than 60 credits of relevant coursework, how do I meet this requirement?
If you have taken all of the coursework to fulfill the eight core areas required for the LPC, you can apply to our Certificate Program. This program will provide persons with up to six additional courses to bring your total credit hours to 60.
How long will it take to finish the program?
That depends on whether you are enrolled as a full time or part time student. If you are enrolled full time (meaning you will take four courses a semester in the proper sequence) you can complete the program in two years. This assumes that you finished up your thesis within the two years. If you are enrolled part time (assuming you are taking two courses per semester) it will take you four years to complete the program).
If I am going part time, can I speed things up by taking an occasional third course or a course over the summer?
You can do this within the constraints of the pre-requisites for courses. Also note very few courses are offered over the summer because of the difficulties in getting all of covering all the material in a summer session. A good use of time over the summer is to accrue practicum hours or work on your thesis.
Can I work full time and complete this program?
Many of our students work while they attend the program. Note that all of the courses are scheduled at either 4:45 PM or 7:25 PM. However, at some point in the program you will need to complete a practicum that requires approximately 15 hours per week for two semesters. All of these hours cannot be completed in the evenings or weekends. Most students need to make adjustments in their work schedules during their practicum. You also need to be sure that you have enough time to complete your readings and other assignments for your coursework. Thus, while possible, we would encourage folks to consider the part-time track or limit the number of hours they work during the semester.
How is the Rowan program different from other counseling programs?
Rowan’s program has a number of strengths. We emphasize strong foundations in assessment, differential diagnosis, multicultural competence, empirically supported treatment plans and outcomes. Our coursework will help you in conceptualizing treatment goals and plans. We also emphasize using research and the research literature in the counseling process, as well as evidence based practices. Our goal is to provide you with cutting edge knowledge and skills you will need to continue to develop as a professional counselor once you leave the program.
Can I take any graduate course before I am accepted into the program?
Yes. You can take up to 3 courses (or nine credits) before you are accepted into the program. This is referred to as non-matriculated coursework. If you are accepted into the program and matriculate, these courses would count towards your degree. However, if you are not accepted into Rowan’s program, there is no guarantee that other graduate programs would accept these credits. (Note that you are only allowed to take 6 non-matriculated credits per semester)
Is the Program CACREP accredited ?
No.The Rowan CMHC MA program is not CACREP accredited. However, the State Board and the Professional Counselors Examiners Committee recently voted “Yes” to adopt an alternative review process that would allow students from non-accredited programs to remain eligible for licensure. Naturally, we caution potential students to become familiar with the NJ state regulations for licensure and any relevant future changes to these regulations. For specific information regarding changes in NJ state regulations for licensure as a LPC, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/oag/ca/proposal/mftpro_050409.htm