Comprehensive Exams

The Comprehensive Examination assesses students’ knowledge and ability to apply theoretical constructs learned throughout the Program. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program uses the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). The CPCE is a standardized examination that assesses knowledge of core content areas that are designated by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). These core areas and corresponding program courses are listed below.


CACREP Core Area

Corresponding Program Course


Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice

PSY 590, PSY 602


Social and Cultural Identify

PSY 601


Human Growth and Development

PSY 606


Career Development

PSY 611, PSY 635


Helping Relationships

PSY 600, 603, 607, & 609


Group Work

PSY 610, PSY 635



PSY 604 & 608


Research and Program Evaluation

PSY 605


The comprehensive examination is offered twice each academic year in October and March. To be eligible for the exam, students must have completed all core classes or be in their final semester of core course work, with the exception of the internship experience. During the regular course registration period prior to semester in which  students intend on taking the exams, students will register for comprehensive exams by enrolling in PSY 697 Comprehensive Examination on WebAdvisor. Failure to adhere to University course registration dates listed below will likely delay graduation.