Licensing & Certification

The School of Health Sciences at Touro College’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (CMHC) is registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), meeting the educational standards required for licensure in the state of New York. The curriculum is aligned with the 2016 programmatic goals and learning standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The curriculum is also approved and certified by the New York State (NYS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and includes the educational requirements needed to apply for the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor-Trainee (CASAC-T).


CMHC graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All states except New York will likely request a syllabus review of the CMHC curriculum. Licensure requirements for clinical mental health counselors, titles (e.g. LMHC, LPC, LPCC, LCPC, LCMHC, LMHP), and application procedures vary by state.  Please visit the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) list of state licensure requirements. The ACA list is updated regularly; however, states’ licensure requirements evolve, and it is recommended graduates always access the specific state licensure board website. States may require success on either the NCE or the NCMHCE or both. Please visit the NBCC State Certification Exam Lookup website for a directory of all states’ licensure boards for more information about which exam is required.

Students are encouraged to visit NYSED website for an outline of the licensure requirements for the State of New York.


CMHC graduates are eligible to apply to sit for board certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Exams include both the National Certification Exam (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) leading to certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) respectively. Please visit the NBCC Board Certification website for complete and up-to-date information about the NCE and the NCMHCE.