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 Essential Information on Pennsylvania Licensure 



Students enrolled in the M.A. in Community Counseling program are eligible for Licensed Professional Counselor status (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania and certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  Upon completion of 48 credit hours (usually fall or spring semester of the final year) students may take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) on campus as the Department of Counseling and Development is an official examination site of the NBCC.  Successful completion of the NCE ensures national certification upon graduation from the program, thus earning the credential of National Certified Counselor (NCC).  Successful completion of this exam also results in eligibility for LPC status in the state of Pennsylvania upon completion of 4000 supervised practice hours post-graduation.  Licensure portability to many other states is widely available. Interested students may visit the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors or the National Board of Certified Counselors. 
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