The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CMHCRC) Master’s degree is offered fully online and has a clinical focus. The program is dually accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) and is the only program in Georgia with this dual designation. The combined mental health and rehabilitation curriculum prepares students for licensure as a professional counselor in their state of residence, as well as the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential, which is nationally portable.
This 60-credit hour program prepares students for practice through rigorous academic training and fieldwork experience that can be completed in their local geographic area. All core curriculum classes maintain a 1:10 faculty-to-student ratio, with fieldwork supervision maintaining a 1:6 ratio. Small class sizes offer individual attention for exploration of content with peers and professors.
Thomas University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling degree program is approved to offer students the opportunity to sit for their licensure and CRC exam after 75% of program coursework in completed. Students who pass their exams during program completion will graduate with their NCC and CRC already earned, improving marketability in the workforce.
Specializations in Alcohol and Addictions counseling and School Counseling can be attained by completing an additional 12 graduate level credit hours in these discipline.
“The advantage I enjoy every day on my job as an LPC Intern is only possible because of the outstanding education that I was privileged and honored to receive at Thomas University ”
– Randy Cribbs, 2019 CMHCRC graduate
The mission of Thomas University’s CACREP-accredited graduate program in Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling degree is to create a dynamic learning environment that advances the intellectual and personal development goals of our students to work as professionals in the field of mental health and rehabilitation counseling, and to train students to effectively advocate on behalf of the clients they serve. The CMHCRC program accomplishes this through the following objectives:
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Clinical Curriculum: 60 Credit Hours
The Alcohol and Addictions specialization is available to students pursing the master's program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counseling and is in addition to the required coursework.
Alcohol and Addictions Specialization 12 Credits
TOTAL CREDITS 72CIP Code 51.1504
The Professional School Counseling specialization is available to students pursing the master's program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counseling and is in addition to the required coursework.
Professional School Counseling Specialization 12 Credits
TOTAL CREDITS 72CIP Code 51.1504
For those who hold a graduate degree in counseling but graduated with less than 60 credit hours and are excluded from licensure eligibility as an LPC or LMHC in their state, TU's Bridge program is an excellent opportunity to take additional counseling coursework to meet the 60-graduate credit hour requirements.
Licensure applicants can also meet additional licensure requirements by taking courses such as Psychopathology & Diagnosis, Human Growth & Development, Psychopharmacology, Crisis & Trauma Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling Methods, and Human Sexuality as post-graduate studies.
This program also benefits college graduates who wish to gain Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling certification.
Courses are offered online in an asynchronous format that affords working professionals the opportunity to complete these courses while maintaining their busy lifestyles.
$3,500 (no fees) if 3 courses are needed
$4,600 (no fees) if 4 courses are needed
*Financial Aid is not available for the Bridge program. Payment options are available.
CIP Code 42.2803
Students who graduate from our program are eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by passing the National Certified Rehabilitation Counseling Exam. Today, there are more than 35,000 Certified Rehabilitation Counselors practicing in the US, and employers look for this certification to ensure a quality rehabilitation-counseling workforce. Students are eligible to take the exam once 75% of core curriculum is completed. Enrolling in the Master’s Capstone in the semester students plan to test, or in the semester just before testing, results in the greatest pass rate for examinees. Information about the CRC application process can be found at the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) website.
Our students are also eligible to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and Licensed Mental Health Counselors depending on state of practice. Thomas University is approved to offer the NCE or NCMHCE to all students prior to graduation. Again, completion of 75% of core curriculum must be completed prior to endorsement for testing. Examination windows are only open in the Spring and Fall and must be preapproved in the semester prior to testing. Our fully online curriculum is designed to provide all rehabilitation and mental health counseling students with the opportunity to take the courses needed to be able to accrue post-graduate hours towards LPC or LMHC. More information can be found at http://www.nbcc.org or by visiting your state’s professional licensure website.
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam Pass Rates
|Exam Date||Graduates Sitting||Graduates Passing||Pass Rate||Students Sitting||Students Passing||Pass Rate|
|State Licensing Exam|
|National Pass Rate||40%||58%|
|Academic Year||Enrollment |
Thomas University's Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Grant enables scholarships for graduate students with a strong desire to serve disabled populations as a Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counselor and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information regarding the RSA Scholarship, please contact Theresa Neubauer or Pauline Patrick.
Rho Chi Sigma Honor Society Grant
This grant is for an incoming Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling students each Spring Semester. A student is nominated by a faculty member, and an officer of Rho Chi Sigma in the Fall Semester, and the chosen student is awarded the grant at the yearly induction ceremony. Students who show school spirit, a willingness to serve others, and a dedication for advocacy are the key elements sought when nominated. Funds vary from year to year but range from $200-$500 per year.
Graduate assistants may receive the assistantship a maximum of two semesters.
Graduate Assistantship Duties
For instructions on how to find out specific licensure requirements related to your state, refer to the following video where Dr. Pauline Patrick walks you through the steps:
Graduates of Thomas University’s Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling degree program will be prepared to enter a variety of career environments based on the individual’s passion for helping people. A Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed Practical Counselor (LPC) credential informs employers that our graduates are competent in a full range of clinical areas including ethics, counseling theories and techniques and diagnosis to name a few.
Vocational Rehabilitation, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, educational counseling, correctional counseling, crisis counseling and family counseling are a few of the disciplines that our graduates find employment. A master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling allows our students to choose from some the following employment opportunities:
Resources and Professional Organizations
CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. By promoting a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students), CSI contributes to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.
Founded at Ohio University in 1985, Chi Sigma Iota has over 96,000 members who have been initiated into the Society, and growing by over 6,000 new members per year. They are affiliated with campus-based chapters contributing to their counselor education programs and communities. Chapters are supported at least in part by funding from CSI.
One of the largest associations of professional counselors in the world, CSI’s annual active membership is equally balanced between professional and student members. Among the professional members, over 1,600 are counselor educators and supervisors while the remainder are practicing counselors in all settings and specialties of counseling. CSI activities occur primarily through our active chapters located in counselor education programs in five regions in the United States and in counselor training programs beyond U.S. borders.
Thomas University’s Chi Sigma Iota
Thomas University founded the first “Rehabilitation Counseling” chapter in the Honor Society’s history, and we are proud of our Chi Sigma Iota chapter, “Rho Chi Sigma.” Over the years, we have expanded our chapter to incorporate an annual plan that includes advocacy for multiple local charities. We provide outreach to various local communities and offer students the chance to be active members of our chapter through leadership and participation efforts to spread the efforts of the counseling profession. Our chapter offers yearly training seminars to our members, access to nationwide networking sites, free webinars, and research material to support the counseling field.
Students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and whom have completed at least three full time semesters can request review for induction. Our student run organization has an active Facebook page that once inducted you are asked to join. Students are encouraged to run for office and elections are held yearly. We are a service led honor society, and charity and advocacy are our key goals each year. We strive to server others and welcome graduate students in the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program to join this amazing organization, and become part of a network of other members, that can assist you through your career of helping others.