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Licensure Information

The MHS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at Catawba College prepares graduates for successfully acquiring provisional licensure in counseling in North Carolina. Graduates, upon passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE), can apply to the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC) and become Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associates (LCMHCA). 


This provisional license allows counselors to begin professional practice in a variety of counseling settings while continuing to receive consistent clinical supervision. Per current North Carolina law, provisionally licensed counselors require 3,000 supervised hours before they apply for full licensure and become Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC). Details pertaining to North Carolina counseling licensure, including reciprocity information for outside of North Carolina, can be found at

Students in the CMHC program at Catawba College are prepared for the national qualifying examination, not only through the completion of the coursework specifically aimed at the educational domains evaluated within the examination, but through individualized advising and directed feedback throughout the program to maximize a student’s full potential on the examination. Upon completion of the academic program, students will be prepared not only for the qualifying examination, but for the clinical world as well. Through innovative teaching, comprehensive evaluations, personalized advising, and experiential learning, students within the CMHC program are equipped for the next steps towards a career in clinical mental health counseling.