The Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) degree at La Salle places an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice. It is a 60 credit-hour degree that can be completed part-time (three to four years), full-time (two to three years), or in an accelerated full-time weekend option. Refer to the Schedule Options for more information.
The required courses (48 credits) fulfill the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania (and most other states) as well as for certification by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). There are several choices to complete the additional 12 credits for the 60-credit degree. Students can continue taking courses in professional counseling, choosing from several electives or students can choose a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy, Addictions Counseling, or Industrial Organizational Counseling and Consulting.
The PCC program progresses from a knowledge base of core courses in counseling theory to a sequence of skills courses in assessment and intervention. The experience culminates with clinical practice in a one-semester Practicum, which is followed by a 12-month Internship in the final year.
La Salle's PCC degree prepares students for licensure as professional counselors (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most other states and for employment in many professional settings, including mental health agencies and hospitals, college counseling and career centers, and employee assistance programs, as well as for private practice. Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to take the national exam for licensure. The PCC degree also is excellent preparation for those students planning to pursue doctoral studies in counselor education and supervision or a related field.