Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensure

The Clinical Mental Health Master of Science in Counseling program offered at Carson-Newman University is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved to offer the Master of Science in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which prepares students to apply for professional licensure in the state of Tennessee.

The Master of Science in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health program at Carson-Newman is developed to prepare students for licensure requirements required by the state of Tennessee. In addition to completing the MSC degree, students must complete post graduate supervised counseling and pass the National Counselor Exam National Counselor Examination and the Tennessee Jurisprudence Examination for Licensed Professional Counselors to qualify as a candidate for licensure in Tennessee.

It is recommended that a C-N graduate with a Master of Science in Professional School Counseling who wishes to seek licensure outside of the state of Tennessee research requirements for licensure in that states and contact the appropriate licensing agency (see contact information in disclosure table).  Students must be aware that state laws, regulations and requirements for licensure and certification vary from state-to-state and may change without notice. 

Carson-Newman strongly recommends that prospective and currently enrolled students who plan to seek licensure or certification for Clinical Mental Health Counseling outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency for information and guidance before enrolling in the program. It is also imperative that students be cognizant of licensing requirements when they relocate to a state outside the state of Tennessee after beginning the program. Students should also discuss licensing requirements with their adviser before enrolling in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program or when relocating to a state outside of Tennessee.

For information regarding the Carson-Neman University Clinical Mental Health Counselingprogram and licensure should contact:

Dr. Nathan West, Assistant Professor of Counseling
Phone: (865)471-3311

Carson-Newman has determined that the MSC in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offered by the university meets the requirements to apply for licensure in the state of Tennessee. Carson-Newman has not made a determination if the MSC in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will meet licensing requirements for any other U.S. state or territory. For additional information regarding licensure and certification in any state other than Tennessee, students should consult the specific state licensure board listed by state and U.S. territory in the disclosure information below.

Professional Licensure Disclosure and contact information for licensing agency for Counseling Licensure by state:

StateState Counseling Licensure BoardState Licensing Determination
AlabamaAlabama Board of Examiners in CounselingNot Determined
AlaskaAlaska Board of Professional CounselorsNot Determined
ArizonaArizona Board of Behavioral Health ExaminersNot Determined
ArkansasArkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage & Family TherapyNot Determined
CaliforniaBoard of Behavioral SciencesNot Determined
ColoradoState Board of Licensed Professional Counselor ExaminersNot Determined
ConnecticutConnecticut Department of Public Health Professional Counselor LicensureNot Determined
DelawareBoard of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency ProfessionalsNot Determined
District of ColumbiaBoard of Professional CounselingNot Determined
FloridaBoard of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health CounselingNot Determined
GeorgiaSecretary of State Professional Licensing Boards DivisionNot Determined
HawaiiDepartment of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Mental Health Counselor ProgramNot Determined
IdahoIdaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family TherapistsNot Determined
IllinoisIllinois Department of Financial and Professional RegulationNot Determined
IndianaBehavioral Health and Human Services Licensing BoardNot Determined
IowaBureau of Professional LicensureNot Determined
KansasBehavioral Sciences Regulatory BoardNot Determined
KentuckyKentucky Board of Licensed Professional CounselorsNot Determined
LouisianaLA LPC Board of ExaminersNot Determined
MaineOffice of Professional and Occupational RegulationNot Determined
MarylandMaryland Department of HealthNot Determined
MassachusettsBoard of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services ProfessionsNot Determined
MichiganDepartment of Licensing and Regulatory AffairsNot Determined
MinnesotaMinnesota Board of Behavioral Health & TherapyNot Determined
MississippiState Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional CounselorsNot Determined
MissouriMissouri Division of Professional RegistrationNot Determined
MontanaMontana Department of Labor & IndustryNot Determined
NebraskaNebraska Department of Health & Human ServicesNot Determined
New HampshireOffice of Professional Licensure and CertificationNot Determined
New JerseyProfessional Counselor Examiners CommitteeNot Determined
New MexicoNew Mexico Regulation & Licensing DepartmentNot Determined
New YorkNew York State Education Department, Office of the Professions Division of Professional Licensing Services, Certification and Verification UnitNot Determined
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Board of Licensed Professional CounselorsNot Determined
North DakotaNorth Dakota Board of Counselor ExaminersNot Determined
OhioCounselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist BoardNot Determined
OklahomaOklahoma State Board of Behavioral HealthNot Determined
OregonBoard of Licensed Professional Counselors and TherapistsNot Determined
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of StateNot Determined
Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of HealthNot Determined
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and RegulationNot Determined
South DakotaBoard of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family TherapistsNot Determined
TennesseeBoard of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral TherapistsMeets
TexasTexas Behavioral Health Executive CouncilNot Determined
UtahUtah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional LicensingNot Determined
VermontVermont Secretary of State Board of Allied Mental HealthNot Determined
VirginiaVirginia Board of CounselingNot Determined
WashingtonWashington State Department of HealthNot Determined
West VirginiaWest Virginia Board of Examiners in CounselingNot Determined
WisconsinWisconsin DSPS Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining BoardNot Determined
WyomingWyoming Mental Health Profession Licensing BoardNot Determined
NationalNational Board of Certified CounselorsStudents must meet national 
requirements before applying for certifications from individual states
GuamGuam Board of Allied Health ExaminersNot Determined
Puerto RicoBoard of Examiners of Professional CounselorsNot Determined
U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer AffairsNot Determined