CMHC program FAQS

Will the program prepare me for New York State Licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor?
Yes! Our 60-credit-program fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor established by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions.

Are you a CACREP accredited program?
Our New York State approved Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is committed to CACREP accreditation, and will be seeking that certification as soon as it is eligible. We have designed the program with the highest standards possible to assist us in our application for accreditation.

How many credits can I transfer into this program?
At the discretion of the program director, up to six credits may be transferred into the Master of Science program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. All transferrable credits must have been completed at the Master's level, and from a CACREP accredited counseling program. A grade of B or higher must be earned for the credits to be accepted.  

How long will it take me to finish the Master of Science program?
Our program is offered on a part-time basis in the evenings. It takes three years to complete. In the first two years, students take six credits each in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. In the third year, students take nine credits in the fall and spring semesters in addition to fulfilling their internship requirements. They take six credits during the last summer of their third year. Winter session in the third year is used to work on the thesis-portfolio. It is recommended that students in their third year do not work at a full-time job, as the course and internship requirements are extensive. Our program is cohort-based to help maximize individual growth and support. 

Is the GRE required? I am worried about taking this standardized test. The GRE is required to be considered for our program. The admission criteria for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are comprehensive and your GRE scores are only one part of your admissions application. We take a whole person approach to each applicant.

What criteria do you look for in applicants? Is there anything that I can do to help myself become a more viable candidate for the program?
We are looking for people who are open-minded, flexible, curious, self-reflective, hardworking, and have a passion for working with people. In addition to the academic pre-requisites, having partaken in your own therapy is a plus. We believe it is important to know what it is like to sit in the other chair. Additionally, any volunteer or work experience related to human services is also useful.
 
Can I start the program in the spring semester?
New cohorts begin each fall semester. There is no spring admission into the program.

When will our classes be meeting?
At the current time, classes meet back- to-back one evening a week. During the summer semester, sessions are shorter and more intensive, usually meeting daily, but still in the evenings.  

What are the tuition and other costs of the program?
Please see this link for graduate level tuition information.

I have not been in graduate school for many years. Can I still be successful student in this program?
The length of time since your last attendance in school will not be a selection criterion. The program has rigorous admissions criteria, including a telephone screening, an in-person interview, a personal statement, and a spontaneous writing sample. Admission to this program is competitive and selective, but we are confident that our comprehensive approach to candidate selection will result in inviting the best prospective participants to join the program.

When will I have an advisor?
Mentorship is an important part of our program. Each student will be assigned a faculty member who is matched based on programmatic needs and areas of specialization. Additionally, all faculty members are dedicated to getting to know and nurture each student on their journey to becoming a clinical mental health counselor.

What does the internship experience look like?
A practicum of 100 clock hours as part of a one-semester course is required. Additionally, 600 clock hours (part of a two semester course) supervised internship in mental health counseling in a Molloy College approved mental health setting is required. Please see the Internship Information page to find the Internship Student Handbook and read more about this important aspect of the program.

What if I plan to leave New York State after the program?
Each state has unique licensing laws. Fortunately, New York State has some of the most rigorous requirements, and most states have similar requirements. Students who know they will be re-locating should research individual state laws to make sure they meet the new state's requirements.

How do you help students prepare for the New York State Licensing Exam in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
The material in classes covered over the three years is constructed to provide a comprehensive foundation necessary for preparing to take the licensure exam. Additionally, we intend to have an exam preparation weekend- intensive designed to help students identify growth edges and strengths, as well as review test-taking strategies. Students will also be encouraged to form study groups.

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Dr. Laura Kestemberg
1000 Hempstead Avenue Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002

516.323.3842

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