Licensing & Certification

After successfully completing the 60-credit program, graduates who wish to apply for licensure as Mental Health Counselors in New York State must secure placement for 3,000 post- Master’s hours of training and, upon completion of these post-Master’s hours, must pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

We encourage interested candidates to carefully review the New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations governing licensure, available online through the NYSED’s Office of the Professions.

Students who wish to practice Mental Health Counseling outside of New York State should familiarize themselves with the requirements of those venues.  Some states may require additional coursework and may impose alternative or additional requirements. Please also visit the National Board of Certified Counselors for information on different national counselor education certification options. 

Our curriculum is approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and our graduates are eligible to apply for the CASAC-Trainee certificate, but it is up to the individual to apply for the CASAC-Trainee certificate, pass the required NYS exam and do 2,000 additional hours of supervised field work in order to receive the CASAC certificate from the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).