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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Overview

The University of Providence Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program prepares students for exciting careers as professional counselors. The graduate program’s specialty is clinical mental health counseling.

The content and clinical hours of the degree program are structured to prepare students for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), and to provide the necessary educational courses and supervision required for licensure in the State of Montana. The NCE is accepted for licensure in all 50 states. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The program is motivated by the mission of the Sisters of Providence to provide healing, education and service to all, with a special concern for those who are poor and vulnerable, and to make the world a more just, peaceful and loving place for all.

This mission is applied by program faculty as they use teaching, scholarship and supervision to cultivate in students the standards for ethical conduct, the integration of scholarship and practice, interpersonal openness, lifelong learning, and respect for and value of all individuals.

The program is welcoming of a diverse student body with no respect to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Program Details

Program Format
  • Six fifteen-week semesters plus two three-credit summer courses of online courses for traditional and non-traditional students
  • Three face-to-face clinical skill development courses in blocks of four days during each of the first four semesters
  • Sixty (60) credit hours of courses specific to clinical mental health counseling, including required practicum and internship experiences
  • Cohort model – students gain a sense of community and individual attention as they progress through the program with the same group of students
  • Face-to-face/Online program orientation prior to the start of the program
  • New cohorts begin in August each year

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), granted accreditation to the Department of Counseling at University of Providence: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) effective July 31, 2017.

The graduate program is also accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

MSC Curriculum
Year 1


MSC 500 Professional Orientation and Ethics3 creditsASY
MSC 512 Theories of Counseling3 creditsASY
MSC 517 Techniques of Counseling3 creditsHYB (4 days)

After successfully completing this semester, student applies for full candidacy in the program.


MSC 516 Graduate Research Methods and Statistics3 creditsASY
MSC 553 Counseling the Addicted Client3 creditsASY
MSC 617 Advanced Techniques of Counseling3 creditsHYB (4 days)


Elective, MSC 5923 creditsASY
Year 2


MSC 529 Development across the Lifespan3 creditsASY
MSC 508 Psychopathology3 creditsASY
MSC 606 Multicultural Competence3 creditsASY


MSC 604 Career Counseling3 creditsASY
MSC 695 Practicum (240 hours)3 creditsASY
MSC 607 Group Counseling3 creditsHYB (4 days)

During spring semester, student applies for advanced candidacy.


MSC 515 Standardized Testing & Individual Assessment3 creditsASY
Year 3


MSC 527 Evidence Based Practice & Program Evaluation3 creditsASY
MSC 696 Internship I (300 hours)3 creditsASY
MSC 688 Integrative Project I or MSC 689 Thesis I3 creditsASY


MSC 520 Crisis Planning and Intervention3 creditsASY
MSC 697 Internship II3 creditsASY
MSC 698 Integrative Project II or MSC 699 Thesis II3 creditsASY

Total credits: 60

Additional Program Information



Retention Rate: 90%
Average Time to Complete the Program: 3 years
Employment Settings: Community mental health settings, schools, inpatient units, intensive outpatient units, crisis counseling, and private practice.
Licensure Eligibility: License for Professional Counselors (LPC/LCPC). Requirements vary by state
NCE Passing Rates: All students who took the NCE exam immediately upon graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year passed the exam. Recent changes in the rules governing eligibility to take the licensure exam at the state level in Montana have also made it possible for students to take the exam at the end of their final year in the MSC program.
Accreditation Status: Accredited by CACREP through 2025.
Annual Fall Enrollment: 24 (new and continuing)
Predicted Job Outlook: (2014-2024) Nineteen percent (19%) increase, compared to 7% expected increase in total US jobs. The field of counseling will see over 30% growth in the next ten years. (Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

When I decided to pursue a graduate degree in counseling with specialty in clinical mental health, I looked at several programs throughout the state and nation. I felt that UP would provide high quality academics while offering the convenience of few face-to-face and online classes. The faculty members at UP strongly advocate for the students and work tirelessly to ensure their success. The cohort style learning allows students to enjoy an atmosphere of support while developing lasting friendships. I feel confident that my experience at UP will provide a solid foundation to be successful in my career field after I graduate.
Kelli Smith

Sachin Jain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling / Program Director for MSC
Email sachin.jain@uprovidence.edu
Sylvia Lindinger Sternart

Sylvia Lindinger-Sternart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling
Email sylvia.lindingersternart@uprovidence.edu
Jared Roberts PhD

Jared Roberts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling