Gannon’s Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Re-Accredited

Posted: March 31, 2017

Gannon University's master's degree program in clinical mental health counseling has been re- accredited for eight years by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The accreditation ensures that students graduating from Gannon's clinical mental health counseling program are eligible to be nationally certified counselors (NCC) throughout the United States once they have completed the degree requirements and have passed the National Counselor Examination. Accreditation also means that graduates of this program meet the degree requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and in many other states. In some states, such as Ohio, CACREP-accredited degrees are required for licensure.

Gannon's 60-credit master's-level program is designed to prepare individuals for a variety of professional counseling settings, such as community mental health, human service agencies, college and university counseling and residential treatment. The curriculum provides closely monitored supervised clinical experiences at more than 25 sites in the Erie area. Students also spend more than 60 hours training in closely supervised counseling labs prior to experiencing 700 hours of on-site clinical experiences.

In contrast to many programs that employ master's-level instructors, all Gannon teaching faculty have doctoral degrees.

Over the last eight years, job placement has ranged from 95-100 percent. Since 2005, 95 percent of the program's graduates have passed the certification examination on their first attempt, with a 100 percent first-time pass rate for graduates during the past three years.

Students from Gannon's program have also recently achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a nationally normed test used by more than 300 counseling programs in the country.

In a letter to the University from the CACREP board, the decision to accredit the program was based on "extensive review of the self-study documents, a visiting team's report, and the University's response to the site-team report."

The letter further noted, "Programs receiving accreditation for an eight-year period deserve to be commended for the work completed throughout the accreditation process. This is indeed a worthy achievement. Congratulations!"

For more information on Gannon's Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's program, call 814-871-5793 or click here.