Re-entry & Resiliency Plan (updated 3/3/21)
Carlow University offers two counseling program tracks — Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling. The program will prepare you for a career as a licensed professional counselor and provide the education and training required to pursue professional licensure in Pennsylvania.
Grounded in the Sisters of Mercy heritage, Carlow’s LPC degree program emphasizes social justice and advocacy within counseling, cultivating respect for the uniqueness of all individuals. You will be prepared to address the social, cultural and economic challenges that may negatively affect psychosocial development and help clients realize their potential.
As few as 30 months
On campus, some online
The licensed professional counselor program infuses multicultural and social justice competencies in the general curriculum. All LPC degree students take the same core courses (51 credits), with the remaining 9 credits determined by the student. Addictions counseling students must take the designated 9 credits for the Addictions Counseling program track.
Graduates of this program will meet 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 receive a passing score on the National Counselors Exam (NCE) or The Advanced Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor Examination (AAODA) and complete 3,000 supervised clinical experience to obtain the LPC.
Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.
MS in Professional Counseling programs prepare you to work with diverse clients in a variety of settings. Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During that time frame, employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 8%, and employment of marriage and family therapists is expected to grow 22%.
Professional counseling graduates may work in outpatient and residential mental health facilities, individual and family services, substance abuse centers, colleges and universities, private practices, government agencies, and corporations
The graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis. You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.
Once your application is received, the program director will schedule an interview with you.
Fall, Spring & Summer