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Oct. 2, 2019


TU Counseling students now eligible to take NCC licensure exam before graduating

Students in Thomas University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program no longer need to wait until after graduation to take the exam to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

TU is one of only 13 universities in Georgia to receive approval for its students to take the NCE/NCMHCE exam before graduating. Beginning in the spring of 2020, TU’s students can take the exam after completing six of the eight required subject areas. Those students must still complete the remaining coursework required for graduation. Once students pass the test, graduate, and submit a final transcript to NBCC, they can graduate as a National Certified Counselor. They can then use that passing test score towards their LPC application upon completion of post-graduate clinical hours.

“Being able to offer the NCE and NCMHCE to students while they are still enrolled is a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Cristina Jones, Director of the Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling degree program. “They have the same advantage of taking the CRC exam as well before graduation. As a dually accredited program, our students have the potential to enter the job market upon graduation with two nationally portable credentials in the counseling field.”

NCC certification is the largest national certification in the world. It verifies that a counselor has met the national standards set by the counseling profession. Obtaining the NCC certification demonstrates that the counselor is dedicated to an enforceable code of ethics, and the counselor is committed to continued professional development. Having the NCC certification increases a counselor’s opportunities for career advancement and provides opportunities for the counselor to contribute to advocacy efforts for the counseling profession.

Students who apply to take the exam before they graduate get an early start on the NCC application process and can take the exam while the coursework is still recent in their minds. The NCC exam score can then later be submitted to the student’s state board when he or she applies for state licensure.



Cindy B. Montgomery, Director of Marketing & Communications

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