Our curriculum prepares students for clinical practice and licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. Students will graduate with a solid understanding of a broad range of theoretical perspectives, research knowledge, and clinical skills they need to provide counseling to diverse treatment populations.
Upon completing your degree, you will be qualified to pursue a career as a clinical mental health counselor, clinical director, administrator, or owner of a private practice, mental health clinic/agency, intensive outpatient treatment/day treatment program, residential program, college counseling center, or hospital.
2017 Program Completion Rates
15 students enrolled in fall 2014. By May 2017, 9 graduated with a MS in Mental Health Counseling (60%), 2 graduated with a MS in Applied Psychology (13%), 2 delayed graduation one year (13%), and 2 withdrew from the program during the first year.
2017 Employment Rates
By May 2017, 7 graduates had part- or full-time work in the counseling profession (78%), 1 graduate enrolled in a full-time PhD Program (11%), and 1 graduate deferred employment until fall 2017 (11%).
2017 Pass Rates on the NCMHCE (Utah Licensure Exam)
The 2014 graduates were eligible for licensure sometime during 2016, assuming they worked full time during the 2 years post-graduation.
In the 2017 survey completed by alumni, 7 graduates took the exam. Of those, 7 passed the first attempt (71%), 1 passed the second attempt (14%), and 1 passed the third attempt (14%).
2018 Program Completion Rates
11 students enrolled in fall 2015. By May 2018, 9 graduated with a MS in Mental Health Counseling (82%) and 2 delayed graduation one year (18%).
2018 Employment Rates
By May 2018, 100% of graduates were employed in a part- or full-time job within the counseling profession. Many were hired by their internship sites and received multiple offers.
2018 Pass Rates on the Counseling Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
A passing grade on the CPCE is required for graduation. If students do not pass the exam, the faculty require them to complete remedial work before graduating. In 2018, every third-year student passed the CPCE.
2018 Pass Rates on the NCMHCE (Utah Licensure Exam)
The 2015 graduates were eligible for licensure sometime during 2017, assuming that they worked full time during the 2 years post-graduation.
In the 2018 survey completed by alumni, 10 of the 2015 graduates passed the exam (91%), 5 passed the first attempt (50%), 5 passed the second attempt (50%), and 1 did not take the exam.
2012–2018 Alumni Data (N=46)
- 94% of alumni are working in a job related to counseling.
- 98% of alumni are licensed as clinical mental health counselors or associate clinical mental health counselors (or the equivalent in another state).
- Of those who took the National Counselor Exam, 78% passed (74% on the first attempt). Of those who took the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination, 73% passed (54% on the first attempt). Those who did not pass were preparing to retake the test.
- Alumni work in a variety of settings. The majority work in outpatient/private practice (58%), while others work in day treatment programs (23%), residential treatment programs (20%), hospitals (11%), and college counseling centers (4%).
- Alumni provide a variety of clinical services. Specifically, 100% provide individual counseling, 76% provide group counseling, 72% provide family counseling, 74% conduct assessments, 51% provide couples counseling, and 16% do administrative work.
- Alumni work with a variety of clinical populations. In terms of developmental stages, 100% work with adults, 69% work with adolescents, 41% work with children, and 25% work with the elderly.
- Alumni are members of professional counseling associations. Specifically, 65% are members of the American Counseling Association, 37% are members of the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association, and 32% are members of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
Learn more from the 2017-2018 MSMHC Annual Report and Program Evaluation.