Master’s in Mental Health Counseling

Become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

Limited Residency | Evening Classes | 2 to 2 1/2 Years

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COUNSELING PROGRAM OPTIONS

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MHC Program Highlights

Become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Choose to become a licensed mental health counselor! We provide both the theory framework and hands-on training for you to become a licensed counselor.

Designed for Working Professionals

Our program is designed for you, the working professional. Enroll in our hybrid, limited-residency program that is mainly online. The program includes one night of evening classes per week on our campus in Provo, Utah.

Move into Counseling

Make an impact on people’s lives. Help individuals deal with issues that affect their mental health, wellbeing, and goals. Help individuals control their personal development, learn to make positive adjustments, build productive vocational skills, and master the dynamics that permeate the human experience.

Help Address Utah’s Need

In regard to mental health, Utah ranks poorly in the nation for access to care for adults and youth with mental illness. Utah also has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. We need more trained and competent mental health counselors to offer the needed care in our state.

Choose Your Learning Model

First, our “Residential” model—in this option, courses are offered in a hybrid format. Didactic components are taught asynchronously online; integration and application components are taught on-campus face-to-face.

Second, our “Limited-Residency” model—in this option, didactic components are taught asynchronously online. The integration components are taught synchronously through an online meeting room. Additional integration and application components are covered in three, two-day campus-based residencies throughout the seven-semester program.

COUNSELING PROGRAM OPTIONS

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical mental health counselor listens to a male client speak Become a mental health counselor in our 60-credit master’s degree.

Master of Science in School Counseling

A certified school counselor meets with a group of students for a group counseling session Become a school counselor in our 60-credit master’s degree.

Dual Master's in Mental Health & School Counseling

School counselor/mental health counselor meets with young woman Become both a mental health and school counselor in our 72-credit dual master’s degree. Practice school-based mental health.

Certificate in School Counseling

School counselor works with girl at an elementary school
Do you already have a master’s in counseling? Become a school counselor in our 15-credit certificate program.

Certificate in Mental Health Counseling

Mental health counselor with clientDo you already have a master’s in counseling? Become a mental health counselor in our 15-credit certificate program.

MHC Program Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help prepare you to be the best mental health counselor and offer the support your clients or patients need.

Clinical mental health counselor in group therapy session

Practicum & Internships

Clinical internships and practicum sites provide opportunities for you to apply knowledge in supervised settings, develop your professional identity, and cultivate relationships with other mental health professionals, educators, and counselors.

Counseling Core

Prepare to become a counselor. Take courses in research and program evaluation, assessment, and testing. Learn counseling theories and skills, psychodiagnosis, and how to counsel groups compared to individuals. Examine crisis intervention, substance abuse, and addictions. Delve into human growth, development, diversity, and ethics.

Mental Health Counseling

Delve into what you need to know to be a mental health counselor. Learn about psychopharmacology and treatment planning; integrate diagnostic, case conceptualization, and best practice guidelines. Learn theories and techniques for counseling families and couples while successfully operating in mental healthcare treatment systems.

MISSION & VISION

 

The mission of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is to educate current and future healthcare professionals for outcomes-oriented, evidence-based practice. The University demonstrates mission fulfillment through the quality of its education and success of its students in academic programs that develop leaders skilled in clinical inquiry and prepared to effect healthcare change.

The vision of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is to advance the quality, delivery, and efficacy of healthcare.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Fall 2021

Priority Application Deadline: June 28, 2021
Final Application Deadline: August 2, 2021
Semester Start:  August 30, 2021

Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Any bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • A minimum 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • An undergraduate statistics or research methods course with grade of a C or higher
  • Acceptable test scores from one of the following standardized tests within the last 5 years: GRE, MAT, or PLT. (This criterion is waived for applicants who either have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or hold a conferred master’s degree or higher)
  • Three letters of recommendations (at least 2 from professional references)
  • Successful completion of an interview with Counseling Program Admissions Committee

Counseling Accreditation Site Data

Admissions Rates

28. LE1. Vital Statistics – Maintain descriptive statistics of the student body.  

Cohort 1 Sum 2020

Cohort 2 Fall 2020

Cohort 3 Win 2021

Cohort 4 Sum 2021

A. Applications Data

1. Applicants

17

19

19

27

2. Completed Application

17

17

19

26

3. Withdrew

1

1

2

5

4. Denied

0

0

0

0

5. Admitted 

17

17

17

21

6. Minority Recruitment

  1. Gender

Male

Female

Other

4

13

0

4

13

0

2

15

0

8

13

0

  1. Self-Report Minority

Sexual Orientation

0

0

0

0

  1. White 

Black or African American

Hispanic of any race

Asian 

American Indian/ Alaska Native

Native Hawaiian/Pacific 

Two or more races

Race or Ethnicity unknown

Nonresident Alien

14

1

1

2

16

1

16

1

20

1

1

Graduation Rates/Attrition Rates

Data pending. Our first cohort has not graduated yet.

Faculty

Core Faculty:

Verl T. Pope

ED.D., LPC, CMHC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS

Professor of Counseling Counseling Program Director 

Kristal James

M.A., CMHC, NCC

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Kevin Knutson

M.ED., CMHC, NCC

Assistant Professor of  Counseling

Kenneth D. Roach

Ed.D., LCMHC

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Kristen Erskine

Ed.D, CMHC, NCC, MAC, SAP

Counseling Instructor

Non-core Faculty:

Holly Todd

M.Ed, School Counselor

Counseling Instructor

Colette M. Brooks

MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Counseling Instructor

Affiliate Faculty

Wendy St. James

Ph.D., School Counselor

Counseling Instructor

Caisa Pope

Ed.S., LPCC, NCC, NCSC

Counseling Instructor

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The nationally recognized accrediting body for counseling programs is the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In that this program is new, it is NOT accredited by CACREP. However, It is designed around the CACREP standards and will apply for accreditation as soon as the program is eligible. Please know this is a declaration of the University’s intentions, not a guarantee of accreditation.

Tuition & Financial Aid

There are many ways you can pay for your education and receive aid. See how our Financial Aid Office can help you fund your education.