Clinical Mental Health Counseling


CMHC Program

The Counselor Education program grants a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). The 60-hour-program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The CMHC program prepares students as knowledgeable, ethical and culturally sensitive counselors through a course of study that includes classroom, online, and field-site training. The program includes a two-semester internship. Interns deliver counseling services, under supervision, in the community.

The CHMC degree is designed to prepare students with professional competencies required for the professional counseling field. Our graduates provide counseling services in various settings such as public and private counseling agencies, government service agencies, family court systems, college development centers, substance abuse centers, and private practice.

Students in the program take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). They are also eligible to become members of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and/or the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Emphasis Area Goals

The USA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares students to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of clinical mental health counseling to include history, current trends/issues, roles, functions, professional identity, leadership/advocacy strategies, and laws/legislation effecting the counseling profession.

  2. Facilitate clients’ growth and development over the lifespan within a strengths-based and wellness framework.

  3. Utilize technology as applied to clinical mental health counseling.

  4. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, competency, and responsiveness with all individuals, couples, and families.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive needs assessments.

  6. Demonstrate effective and meaningful individual counseling, couples and family counseling, and group work with diverse clients with diverse needs.

  7. Serve as culturally responsive and empowerment-based advocates with individuals, families, and communities to promote optimal growth and wellness to meet the needs of diverse clientele.

  8. Demonstrate skills related to clinical assessment and interpretation of assessment results to clients.

  9. Demonstrate appropriate use of multi-axial diagnosis in a manner that promotes the optimal well-being of clients.


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program admits student once per year in fall semester.

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.

Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9218
Watertown, MA 02471

(Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)

2. GPA Requirement: 

  • Regular Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution.
  • Provisional Admission–requires a minimal grade-point-average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution; or 2.75 GPA based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at or above the 50th percentile.

3. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities (submitted through online WebAdmit portal).

4. A typed double-spaced statement of 2-4 pages in length regarding the applicant's career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing a graduate degree in Counselor Education (submitted through the WebAdmit online portal).

5. Recent (within 5 years) results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

6. A professional curriculum vitae or resume (submitted through the WebAdmit online portal).

7. An applicant whose application is deemed to be acceptable will be invited to participate in a required personal interview with the counseling program faculty.

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


Faculty Advisor:

Yvette Getch, Ph.D.

Ph: (251) 380-2885

ygetch@southalabama.edu