The application process can be found here.
Note: students in the school counseling program are required to take the PAPA Basic Skills Test.
The National Counselor Examination and subsequent supervision hours provides counselors a voluntary professional credential or Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. Although the NCC credential is not required for independent practice and is not a substitute for the legislated state credentials, those who hold the credential appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met national standards developed by counselors, not legislators.
The three basic components of the requirements for the NCC credential are education, supervised experience, and examination.
(Information is subject to change, please refer to www.dos.state.pa.us/social)
* Taken from nbcc.org
*Please note: LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and NCC (National Certified Counselor) are two separate entities, each having separate requirements. Both the LPC and the NCC require students to take the NCE Exam.
Students interested in becoming Licensed Professional Counselors in the State of Pennsylvania are required to meet the following requirements:
Attain a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited university.
Complete 60 (48 graduate degree requirements plus 12 additional) graduate credits in counseling.
Complete a 100 hour Practicum and 600 hour Internship as part of their graduate degree in counseling.
Achieve a national passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification.
Following the completion of their graduate degree (48 credits) and field experiences (Practicum and Internship), candidates are required to have completed 3 years or 3600 hours of supervised clinical experience within a setting that is organized to prepare the applicant for the practice of counseling consistent with the applicant’s education and training.
Students interested in becoming Licensed Professional Counselors may register for the 12 additional graduate credits which are required for licensure. Also, Villanova’s CHR program provides the opportunity to receive post-master’s degree supervision.
(The above requirements are only applicable to the State of Pennsylvania and are subject to change; please refer to www.dos.state.pa.us/social to obtain accurate information.)