Graduation Requirements

 The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to graduate: 

  • The Comprehensive Examination must be taken and passed. 
  • Completion of course work required for student’s specific program (School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling - Clinical, Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation) with a 3.0 or better grade point average overall and a 3.0 or better grade point average in the student’s professional core courses (everything but electives).

Submit the application for graduation online. Students should apply after registration in the semester in which they intend to graduate. Check the University Calendar for the date that the online application is due for any given semester.

Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of all required curriculum courses (not including electives) students can apply to take the Comprehensive Examination. Students will not be allowed to take the Counseling Comprehensive Examination unless all professional core courses have been taken excluding 780 and 790. Students enrolling in Internship II are eligible to take the Comprehensive Examination. Students who are interested in taking the Comprehensive Examination, must register for COUN 788 in the semester in which they intend to take the exam. Students who have completed their coursework and internships, but who have not passed the Comprehensive Examination, must register for COUN 788 in the semester in which they intend to take the exam. Students may take the Comprehensive Examination no more than twice and must pass the Comprehensive Examination in order to graduate. Students requesting special accommodation for the Comprehensive Exam must register with the NCAT Office of Disability Services and be in compliance with all policies of this office at least 30 days in advance of initial test administration.

The exam is multiple choice and covers the eight CACREP curricular areas: (a) Human Growth and Development, (b) Social and Cultural Foundations, (c) The Helping Relationship (counseling process and theory), (d) Group Work, (e) Career and Lifestyle Development, (f) Appraisal, (g) Research and Program Evaluation, and (h) Professional Orientation (ethics and professional history). The CPCE is a standardized test developed by Center for Credentialing in Education (CCE) the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). As of Fall 2009, students in the Rehabilitation Counseling program have the option to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) exam in place of the CPCE.  Students desiring to take the CRC must complete the CRC application (www.crccertification.org), a department form indicating that the exam is being taken to meet the comprehensive exam requirement, and a transfer or scores form.

Students must be enrolled for at least one (1) hour the semester in which the comprehensive examination is taken. Applications to take the exam may be picked up at the Department of Counseling office. Consult the department staff or your advisor as to when and where the exam will be scheduled each semester.