A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S.
institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a preferable
grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher in all work attempted as an upper-division
student, normally the 60 hours taken during the last two years of baccalaureate
2.2 Official Transcripts
Official transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate
work must be included with the application package.
Official, competitive GRE scores on the verbal and
quantitative reasoning scales, taken within the last 5 years are required. If you have completed a master’s or higher
degree from an accredited institution, the GRE may not be required.
2.4 Letter of Intent
Your responses should be typewritten, double spaced, 12-point font, and should not exceed 5 pages: (1)What motivates you to pursue your degree in mental health counseling? (2) Describe your work and/or volunteer experiences in a helping role (3) What are your short-term and long-term educational, research, and professional goals?
2.5 Letters of Professional Recommendation
Three letters of professional recommendation are required from
those familiar with the applicant’s academic potential and readiness for counselor training, preferably with at
least one from a university faculty member.
2.6 Acceptance Notification
Meeting the basic requirements for the CMHC Program does not
guarantee acceptance into the Program.
If application package is accepted, the applicant will be invited to
participate in an on-campus interview with members of the CMHC faculty. If you live out of state, or too far away to
attend the interview, it can be done telephonically. Qualified applicants will
be notified of admittance within 30 days of the interview. If denied admission, you are encouraged to
examine your application, improve any deficiencies you can, and reapply the
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2.7 Course Transfers
Admitted students transferringfrom another CACREP
may be able to transfer a total of 9 semester hours of coursework. This is a Universitypolicy.
areadvised to discuss
with theProgram Director,
who will determine if and which courses
2.8 Undergraduate Courses
in Clinical Mental Health
2.9 Non-admitted Students Seeking Course Enrollment
Individuals who have completed
masters’degrees in counseling from other
graduate institutions sometimes request to register for courses
in the CMHC Program
in order to achieve eligibility for mental health
licensure in Florida. Those individuals seeking licensure
courses may be required
to submit the following: (a)a copy of the official
the Florida licensing board noting their eligibility status and specifying courses
needed to take the exam,
(b) proof of completion
of a current certified background
and (c)submission of transcript of graduate study. Registration in CMHC courses requires approval of the CMHC program director.
For those individuals seeking to take
non-CACREP required courses for continuing education may be required to provide
documentation of licensure.
Registration in CMHC courses
the CMHC program director.
2.10 Second Master's Degree
who has a master’s degree and seeks to obtain a second master’s in the Clinical Mental
Health Program must apply and be admitted
to the program. As noted above, a total of 9 semester hours may
be transferred. A second GRE is not
typically necessary, but CMHC faculty reserve the option to require that it be
taken again based on scores or the length of time that has transpired between
the present time and when the GRE was taken.
Once admitted to the program, students pursuing CMHC a second master’s
degree will be required to complete a minimum of 51 semester hours. Up to nine
credits maybe awarded for previously completed
approved courses, which are equivalent to current courses offered in the Program.
and Internship courses cannot be waived.
2.11 Statement of Understanding
admission, all students will sign a Statement of Understanding which pertains to the ongoing responsibility of the faculty to determine the
appropriateness of the student for the program and the profession as noted above with the Student
Progress Assessment, and through a review of their academic progress in the
Program. This signed statement
will be placed in each