Gannon’s Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Re-Accredited
Posted: March 31, 2017
Gannon University's master's degree program in clinical mental
health counseling has been re- accredited for eight years by the
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational
The accreditation ensures that students graduating from Gannon's
clinical mental health counseling program are eligible to be
nationally certified counselors (NCC) throughout the United States
once they have completed the degree requirements and have passed
the National Counselor Examination. Accreditation also means that
graduates of this program meet the degree requirements for
licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and in
many other states. In some states, such as Ohio, CACREP-accredited
degrees are required for licensure.
Gannon's 60-credit master's-level program is designed to prepare
individuals for a variety of professional counseling settings, such
as community mental health, human service agencies, college and
university counseling and residential treatment. The curriculum
provides closely monitored supervised clinical experiences at more
than 25 sites in the Erie area. Students also spend more than 60
hours training in closely supervised counseling labs prior to
experiencing 700 hours of on-site clinical experiences.
In contrast to many programs that employ master's-level
instructors, all Gannon teaching faculty have doctoral degrees.
Over the last eight years, job placement has ranged from 95-100
percent. Since 2005, 95 percent of the program's graduates have
passed the certification examination on their first attempt, with a
100 percent first-time pass rate for graduates during the past
Students from Gannon's program have also recently achieved a
100-percent pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive
Examination (CPCE), a nationally normed test used by more than 300
counseling programs in the country.
In a letter to the University from the CACREP board, the
decision to accredit the program was based on "extensive review of
the self-study documents, a visiting team's report, and the
University's response to the site-team report."
The letter further noted, "Programs receiving accreditation
for an eight-year period deserve to be commended for the work
completed throughout the accreditation process. This is indeed a
worthy achievement. Congratulations!"
For more information on Gannon's Clinical Mental Health
Counseling master's program, call 814-871-5793 or click here.