Long Island University

Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


720 Northern Blvd

Brookville, NY 11548

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a “licensure-qualifying” bridge program approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). In order to be admitted to the program, students must have a master's degree in school counseling or other related counseling degree and specified core educational content areas as delineated in the state regulations for mental health counselor licensure. Individuals must have a minimum of 60 graduate credits and in designated curriculum areas to qualify for licensure. Depending on the number of credits in their master's degree program candidates may be required to take additional coursework from 18-24 credits to ensure meeting the state requirements of a minimum of 60 graduate credits. 

Upon application candidates will have their transcript(s) reviewed by the department to ascertain the needed number of graduate credits required for the advanced certificate.

Upon completion of the advanced certificate the individual will automatically meet the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State. They will then be eligible to file for a “limited permit” and begin accruing the 3000 post master’s experiential hours required for licensure. They will also be eligible to file to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) which is the licensure examination designated by the State. There is also the possibility that the Office of the Professions may accept experiential hours gained after the receipt of the individual’s master’s degree if the experience was in an approved setting under the supervision of a recognized licensed mental health professional.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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