LVC's Dr. Lou Manza has a discussion with his students

Guaranteed First-Year Admission (3+2)

Earn two degrees in five years without having to apply for graduate school and get an early edge in the marketplace. High school students apply to Lebanon Valley College through the LVC Application and submit other required materials for admission to the College. On the application, students must indicate Psychology as their intended major. Successful majors will earn a bachelor’s of science midway through their fourth year and master’s of science after the fifth year, and be prepared to enter a job market with an expected 22% growth through 2028 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Already have a bachelor’s degree? You can apply to be admitted directly to the graduate level here.

 

About the Program

The Lebanon Valley College Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program is designed with a primacy on the following characteristics: 

  • Evidence-based curriculum
  • Broad training to allow for understanding of the complexities inherent to counseling
  • Exposure to ethically-focused clinical skills
  • Development of clinical experiences across broad domains to allow students to be prepared to treat culturally diverse individuals, families, and populations
  • Training experiences to prepare students to work in a variety of settings including community agencies, private practice, integrative health care, organizations, and schools
  • Development of interpersonal skills central to patient counseling, and professional collaboration, consultation, and supervision

 

Enrolling in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Students can enroll in one of two tracks.

The undergraduate 3+2 program that includes 3.5 years of undergraduate LVC psychology and Constellation LVC courses that lead to a B.S., followed by 1.5 years of graduate training that leads to an M.S.

The graduate-only phase for individuals with an existing bachelor’s degree; at a minimum, this requires two years to attain the M.S. degree.

At the completion of the program, all graduates will be eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) and for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) status. The College plans to apply for accreditation by the Council for Accreditation and Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) no later than 2023–24. All initial admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.