Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Individual Therapy
    Students will engage in critical thinking and demonstrate a heightened self-awareness in the counseling role. Students will also demonstrate skills necessary to be an effective counselor while applying a theoretical approach.
  2. Ethical Practice
    Students will understand counselor professional identity and demonstrate skill in applying ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.
  3. Clinical Assessment
    Treatment Planning-Students will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to diagnose and design treatment plans for a broad range of mental health issues. Students will also be able to select and interpret assessment measures (i.e., academic/educational, career, personality, diagnostic, and developmental)
  4. Professional Development
    Students will understand counselor professional identity and demonstrate skill in applying ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.
  5. Research and Theory
    Students will be able to critically evaluate research in a manner that informs counseling practice.
  6. Group Therapy
    Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills to facilitate psychoeducational and process groups.
  7. Diversity in Counseling
    Students will be able to demonstrate the awareness, knowledge, and skills to counsel clients from diverse backgrounds.
  8. Career Counseling
    Students will have knowledge of career assessment and planning principles and theories.
  9. Prevention
    Students will demonstrate knowledge of how to design and deliver mental illness prevention programs.
  10. Program Evaluation
    Students will apply program evaluation techniques to individual, group, and couple’s counseling settings.
  11. Human Development
    Students will be able to apply theories of human development to clients’ needs and issues

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Will I be able to License in Another State?

Will Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) meet the educational requirements for the professional credential in the state or US territory you might choose to live during or after completing your UVU degree? Visit the UVU Professional Licensure website to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the program take?

The program is designed to take four long semesters and two summers.

If students do not complete their 100 clinical hours in practicum (CMHC 671R) they will need to register for, and attend this course until they complete their 100 hours, or until the end of the semester, whichever comes last.

If students do not accrue the 600 clinical hours required to graduate, they will need to continue to register for, and attend, the CMHC 689R until they finish.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition can change from year to year. Below are costs for the academic year 2022-2023.

$1,176 per 3 credit-hour class for in-state tuition

$1,568 for a 4-credit hour class

$23,912 total for the degree

A breakdown of tuition and fees can be found here.

How many students does the program take?

The program will typically admit at least 24 students per year.  Cohorts start in August each year and proceed through the program together.

How are classes held?

Classes are held in three formats:

  1. Online. There will always be at least one online course per semester.
  2. Hybrid. There will always be at least one hybrid course per semester.
  3. Face-to-face. There will always be at least one face-to-face course per semester.

The face-to-face and hybrid sections will be taught in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate students employed and further the likelihood of successful practicum and internship placement.

Can I attend part-time?

Given that the university requires a minimum of 9 credit hours per long semester, it is not possible to attend part-time.  Students will need to follow the 2-year program as specified with the rest of their cohort.

Does this program require a thesis?

This program does not require a thesis.

Can I get licensed when I graduate?

Our curriculum is designed to meet DOPL requirements for application for licensure in the State of Utah. In addition,  the CMHC Master’s program  prepares students for their licensing exam (National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification). Also, the program is seeking to obtain accreditation from the Council for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) which will facilitate the transferability of licenses for students in the licensure process. In total, this program  ensures that students receive quality training which prepares them for their licensing exam and also provide students an in-house supervised practical experience with the clinical faculty.

How can I find a practicum site?

The UVU CMHC program has relationships with many local practicum sites. Students should work closely with the Director of Clinical Education to determine if one of these sites would be a good fit. Any student who wishes to work at a site that is not approved by the UVU CMHC program should seek approval from the Director of Clinical Education prior to providing services at that site.

Is the UVU CMHC program accredited

The program will qualify to begin the application process for accreditation after the first cohort graduates in 2023. 

What does it mean if I graduate from a CMHC program that is not CACREP-accredited?

In terms of licensure, students who graduate from a non-accredited program will need to provide verification of coursework and clinical work when they apply for state licensure. The UVU CMHC program is designed to meet these licensure requirements in the State of Utah.  Accreditation may prove more important for students who wish to transfer their hours before they fully license after they graduate. For those students, transferring their degree from a non-accredited program may increase difficulty in the licensing process in certain states depending on their licensure requirements. After students are fully licensed in Utah, this is less of an issue.

Can I transfer into this program from another graduate program?

We do accept transfers. We can accept up to 15 credits from another program if we also offer those courses. Remedial coursework may be assigned based on the program director's recommendation.

Faculty and Staff

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When Who Course Number Title Format
Fall 1st Year Anton Tolman CMHC 6030 DSM V Diagnostics Online
Fall 1st Year Cameron John CMHC 6040 Professional Orientation Online
Spring 1st Year Brett Breton CMHC 6050 Career Counseling Online
Fall 2nd Year Russel Warne CMHC 6110 Research Methods Hybrid
Spring 2nd Year Brett Breton CMHC 6130 Multicultural Counseling In-Person
Spring 2nd Year Chris Anderson CMHC 6150 Cognitive Therapies In-Person
Spring 2nd Year Jessi Hill CMHC 6160 Human Development Online