Accreditations & State Requirements: Professional Counseling Programs

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Grand Canyon University’s counseling programs are designed to train practitioners in either the field of Addiction Counseling or Professional Counseling. The coursework focuses on the nature of psychopathological conditions and their impact on the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual nature of the human being. Core courses include study of the psychopathological behavior’s impact on the individual, family, and society; screening and assessment methods at the beginning of treatment; and case management during the treatment phases. Counseling skills courses and a fieldwork/practicum course complete the focused coursework list. Completion of this program may qualify graduates to meet the standards for state, national, and international certification for professional prevention specialists and treatment counselors/providers.

For a majority of states, the only accreditation required to become a licensed professional counselor is a regional accreditation, which Grand Canyon University’s programs all have through the Higher Learning Commission. But there are a number of other professional organizations that provide accreditations for varying types of programs. Here is a breakdown of the most referenced organizations in the field of counseling:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) does not accredit professional counseling degree programs they accredit “clinical psychology” degree programs. GCU’s course work does not currently lead to a degree in “clinical psychology”.

 

  • The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) does not accredit professional counseling degree programs, they accredit rehabilitation degree programs. GCU’s course work does not currently lead to a degree in rehabilitation.

 

  • The American Counseling Association (ACA) does not accredit professional counseling degree programs. The ACA is an association of counseling professional to promote the counseling profession.

 

  • Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) does accredit counseling programs. However, CACREP accreditation is currently only a requirement for professional counseling licensure in the state of Oregon.  New Jersey briefly required CACREP but eliminated the requirement in 2011. Some states that require that a degree evaluated as”CACREP equivalent” or having the same courses required by CACREP. GCU programs are equivalent to the CACREP requirements.

 

In addition to these accreditations, states have individual requirements for students to become practitioners in various counseling careers. While most states require regional program accreditation, some do have additional criteria that must be met before a graduate can practice in any capacity.

Oregon currently requires that professional counselors obtain their education from a program accredited by the Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

 

New York accepts practicum hours from in-state universities only.

 

Addiction counseling licensing and certification may be evaluated differently from professional counseling in some states. In some cases both counseling disciplines are under the same licensing board, other states may have these two disciplines separated. It’s best to contact the certifying body in your state to be sure you understand their requirements for practice.

An enrollment counselor can help you determine if GCU’s Professional Counseling programs will assist you achieving your goals and finding your purpose. It’s also important to research the licensing body for the state you wish to practice in as state requirements for licensure can change.

 

For information about GCU’s university accreditations and state authorizations, check our site for up to date information. Visit our website to access disclosure information for our professional counseling and addiction counseling programs.

Disclosures – Professional Counseling
Program Name
Books & Supplies (Per Program)
Tuition & Fees (Per Program)
Room & Board
(Per Semester, If Applicable)
On Time Graduation Rate
Median Private Loan Debt
Median TIV Loan Debt
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Master of Science in Professional Counseling
$1,400
n/a
$29,350
n/a
$2,965
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
0
Program SOC
Occupations
SOC Code and Link
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
21-3031.00
Counselors
21-1019.00
Mental Health Counselors
21-1014.00
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
21-1011.00
  1. It is the policy of the University to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations which require the University to remit tax where applicable. These regulations vary by location. Please note: It is also the policy of the University to require payment of sales, use, excise, and/or gross receipts tax. Payment of tax is ultimately the student’s financial responsibility to the University regardless of financing arrangements.
Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.5%. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.0%.
  1. Book costs are based on an average. Costs may increase or decrease depending on electronic availability or publilshers book costs.
  2. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  3. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  4. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  5. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate.
Disclosures – Addiction Counseling
Program Name
Books & Supplies (Per Program)
Tuition & Fees (Per Program)
Room & Board
(Per Semester, If Applicable)
On Time Graduation Rate
Median Private Loan Debt
Median TIV Loan Debt
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Non-Traditional
Traditional
Master of Science in Addiction Counseling
$1,400
n/a
$17,830
n/a
n/a
98%
n/a
n/a
n/a
$30,711
n/a
0
Program SOC
Occupations
SOC Code and Link
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
21-1011.00
Mental Health Counselors
21-1014.00
  1. It is the policy of the University to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations which require the University to remit tax where applicable. These regulations vary by location. Please note: It is also the policy of the University to require payment of sales, use, excise, and/or gross receipts tax. Payment of tax is ultimately the student’s financial responsibility to the University regardless of financing arrangements.
Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.5%. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.0%.
  1. Book costs are based on an average. Costs may increase or decrease depending on electronic availability or publilshers book costs.
  2. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  3. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  4. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  5. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate.

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