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Carlow University's
Professional Counseling Programs


The mission of the Carlow University's Professional Counseling programs is to prepare graduate-level students for careers in the counseling profession. The Professional Counseling programs provide the education and training required for those pursuing licensure as professional counselors in the state of Pennsylvania. The program emphasizes a developmental focus across the lifespan, applied scholarship to clinical practice, and cultivates respect for the uniqueness of all individuals. Grounded in the Sisters of Mercy heritage, the program emphasizes social justice and advocacy within counseling.  

Diversity & Social Justice Statement  

The Carlow University's Professional Counseling program infuses multicultural and social justice competencies in the general curriculum. These competencies prepare counselors to address the significant social, cultural, and economic challenges that may negatively affect psychosocial development. Socially just practice entails professional conduct that opposes all forms of discrimination and oppression. In concurrence with the five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy (i.e. The earth, Immigration, Non-violence, Racism, Women), we believe that all people have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and fair allocation of societal resources (Lee, 2007).

Program Description 

Carlow University's Professional Counseling Programs are housed in the College of Leadership and Social Justice's Department of Psychology and Counseling. The Professional Counseling programs are designed to prepare professional counselors to work with diverse clients in a variety of settings. Our counselors-in-training identity with the Counseling profession as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). According to the 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, 31 organizations representing the counseling profession defined Professional Counseling as "a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals." To learn more about the profession of Counseling, visit the ACA website ( )

Program Objectives 
  1. Graduates will be prepared to work in the field as a helping professionals.
  2. Graduates will be prepared for licensure as professional counselors in the state of Pennsylvania.
  3. Graduates will utilize a developmental perspective in helping clients actualize their potential.
  4. Graduates will be able to utilize relevant scholarship to inform and enhance their clinical work.
  5. Graduates will be culturally aware practitioners who conceptualize clients within their unique social locations.
  6. Graduates will be aware of the role that counselors play in advocating for their clients and systemic change.

The Professional Counseling programs offer a Master of Science degree, a Accelerated Master of Science (Carlow Undergraduates only), and an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification . The Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling is a 60-credit licensure program with two counseling program tracks:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
For further information regarding course offerings, see our Plan of Study.

Professional Counseling classes are:

  • Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Face-to-face, Hybrid, and Online classes utilizing Schoology as our electronic learning platform
  • Monday through Thursday starting at 3:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Students typically graduate within 2.5 to 3.5 years depending on the number of courses taken each semester

Professional Counseling Core Faculty

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Carlow University's Professional Counseling program consists of highly-trained Counselor Educators (core faculty) who identify with the counseling profession through continuous memberships in counseling organizations; maintain certifications and/or licenses pertinent to their counseling specialty area; and, sustain professional development and renewal activities related to counseling, professional service and advocacy in counseling, and research and scholarly activity in counseling as stated by CACREP (2016). In addition to the core faculty, experienced adjunct faculty members teach within the Professional Counseling Programs. 

Currently, Carlow University is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and in the process of seeking accreditation through CACREP.

Our Graduates 

Carlow University's Professional Counseling graduates have the educational requirements to be eligible for licensure in Professional Counseling (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to the educational requirements, graduates must complete the following to obtain the LPC:

  • Receive a passing score on the National Counselors Exam (NCE) or The Advanced Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor Examination (AAODA)
  • Complete 3,000 supervised clinical experience
Professional Counseling Graduate Statistics
Number of Eligible Graduates

41 (CMHC) 7 (Addictions)

41 (CMHC) 2 (Addictions) 2 (School)*

32 (CMHC)
NCE Pass Rates

Fall 2017 - 81% (21) Spring 2018 - 78% (18)

Fall 2018 - 75% (8) Spring 2019 - 89% (18)

Fall 2019 - 94% (18) Spring 2020 - Disrupted due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Completion RatesNo data80%75%
Job Placement Rates100% (90% in counseling)100% (80% in counseling)100% (87% in counseling)

*The School Counseling program has been discontinued.

Job Outlook 

"Individuals that choose to seek a career in counseling usually have one thing in common - a desire to help people work through life's challenges. Some individuals want to work primarily with children or teens. Others prefer to work with adults. Some want to work in specific settings, such as K-12 schools or college campuses. Others prefer to work in a community setting such as a mental health center or private practice setting." - CACREP (

Professional Counseling  Graduates work in the following areas: 
  • Outpatient and Residential Mental Health Facilities
  • Individual and Family Services
  • Substance Abuse Centers
  • College and Universities
  • Private Practice
  • Government Agencies
  • Corporations