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Bellevue University gave me the opportunity to complete my advanced degree and meet the requirements to obtain licenses in Mental Health and Alcohol/Drug Counseling. The classes were available at times that allowed me to work full time and spend time with my family.

James F. L.
Omaha, NE
Master of Science

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Clinical Counseling Degree - Master of Science

Degree Overview

There are a variety of opportunities for mental health counselors to make a difference and advance in this rewarding career field. The Bellevue University Master of Science in Clinical Counseling (MSCC) degree is modeled on national licensing standards and will prepare you to take the national licensing exam to become a mental health counselor. You will obtain an applied understanding of the most relevant professional knowledge, industry best practices, and necessary skills to serve client needs. Your coursework can be completed 100% online or in-class with clinical hours conducted in the state where you live.

Learning Outcomes

The Bellevue University Master of Science in Clinical Counseling is a 60 credit graduate degree. The degree includes 100 hours of practicum (40 hours of observation) and 900 hours of clinical internship (60% direct client contact). Whether you choose to do your coursework online or in class, you are responsible to complete these practicum and clinical internship hours under the supervision of a licensed counselor. Please note that online students may complete clinical hours in their home state through an accountability and approval process with Bellevue University’s Internship Director.

Your degree coursework will prepare you with:

  • Foundation courses that introduce the counseling profession including theories, research practices, human development, and legal and ethical issues
  • Advanced courses for progressive understanding in areas such as diagnosis of disorders, group processes, social and cultural diversity, medical and social-psychosocial aspects of drug use, career development, couples and family counseling
  • Elective courses for advanced knowledge in applied neuroscience and psychopharmacology, treatment of child and adolescent disorders, or human sexuality
  • Internship requirements for direct service work to develop confidence and practical understanding of counseling work

Candidates for this master’s degree program must have completed a prerequisite requirement of 6 credit hours in the behavioral sciences.

*Education requirements for licensure vary from state to state. It is your responsibility to evaluate whether the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling meets the licensure requirements particular to the state in which you plan to practice. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm with the Department of Human Services (or similar agency) in his/her respective state to guarantee necessary coursework meets the state’s current licensure requirements.

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