The Master’s in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling program will prepare graduates for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Virginia as well as the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) national credential. The program is ranked 4th among Rehabilitation Counseling program nationwide in US News and World Report.
Students are eligible to sit for the CRCC examination after they have completed 75% of the courses in their master’s degree program. Upon passage of the exam and graduation from the program, they are immediately qualified as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
For LPC in Virginia, students must complete 3,400 hours of supervised practice after the completion of their degree. While in their program, they will complete coursework required for licensure, as well as 600 hours of relevant supervised clinical experiences to be eligible to apply for licensure. After the completion of 3,400 hours, students will sit for an exam.
Distance learning students as well as in-state students may be interested in eventually becoming licensed in other states besides Virginia. The Department cannot guarantee that the current curriculum meets the individual licensure standards of every state. Students who may seek professional licensure in other states will work together with their advisors to determine requirements so that students will be informed of additional coursework they may need to be eligible for licensure in their preferred state.
All state board licensing information can be found here:
The minimum requirements for our CACREP-accredited Rehabilitation and Mention Health Counseling master’s degree are 60 graduate credits, including 48 credits of required didactic course work, 9 credits of internship, and 3 credits of electives.
For degree requirements, a sample of a full-time program of study see the timelines for 2, 3, or 4 year programs, starting in either fall or spring, at sahp.vcu.edu/departments/rehab/current-students/timeline/
We realize that experience in the field is one of the most important aspects of becoming a counselor. According to CACREP standards and our own requirement, students must have supervised rehabilitation and mental health counseling fieldwork and internship experiences.