The program described below is designed to meet the academic requirements toward licensure as a professional counselor set forth by the state of Missouri. Students are required to take 35 credit hours of core curriculum courses, 3-6 credit hours in a counseling internship, and 6 hours of elective credits to fulfill the degree requirements.
Students in the clinical mental health counseling track are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of supervised internship experience over two semesters. Prior to internship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students are expected to earn a grade of A or B in Counseling Internship (IPC 62000) in order to graduate. Students will be required to repeat the course if they earn less than a B. If students take an incomplete during their first semester of internship and have less than half the required internship hours, they must enroll in IPC 62001 for zero credit hours to allow them to attend internship classes while completing the required hours. If students take an incomplete during their second internship, regardless of how many hours are needed, they must enroll in IPC 62001 for zero credit hours to allow them to attend internship classes while completing the required internship hours. A fee of $50 will be incurred for each extension.
In order to fulfill degree requirements, each student completes IPC 60500 Comprehensive Examination by obtaining a passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Further information regarding exit requirements is provided in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Handbook.