Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
What are the job prospects for professional counselors in Pennsylvania? Graduates from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program successfully find employment in agencies performing a variety of functions. We maintain a high employment success rate in positions such as lead therapist on Family Based Mental Health Services teams, Mobile Therapist, Outpatient therapist, Residential therapist, and Community Treatment teams. Graduates can expect to secure positions with salaries beginning in the mid 30's. You can find job opportunities and salary information projections for the next decade by: 1) going to www.onetonline.org, 2) entering "mental health counselor" or "school counselor" in the search box. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, the median salary and job projection is available by state. For short-term and long-term projections by state read the DOL Employment Projections FAQs at http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_faq_001.htm#shortage
What does the fieldwork entail? The fieldwork consists of 3 credits of practicum, which involves 100 clock hours of community based experience, and 6 credits of internship, which total 600 clock hours of community based experience. Students conduct practicum and internship at agencies/institutions of their choosing in western Pennsylvania. Practicum is completed in one semester, while internship may be done in one semester or extended over the course of several semesters, which many teachers and part-time students elect to do.
What are the admissions requirements? We require the submission of official academic transcripts that show a quality point average equivalent to a 3.0 or better on a four-point scale or 3.0 for the last 48 credits earned, which can include post graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate work. If a 3.0 or better has not been achieved, transcripts must show a quality point average equivalent of a minimum 2.8 on a four-point scale overall including post-graduate, graduate and/or undergraduate courses, AND a minimum score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program may be considered by special review if their GPA is below 2.8.