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 - CNL 590, 602
Social and Cultural Identify - CNL 601
Human Growth and Development - CNL 606
Career Development - CNL 611, 635
Helping Relationships - CNL 600, 603, 607, & 609
Group Work - CNL 610, 635
Assessment - CNL 604, 608
Research and Program Evaluation - CNL 605
The comprehensive examination is offered twice each academic year in October and March; however, students are strongly encouraged to take the exam during the fall semester of their third year. To be eligible for the exam, students must have completed all core classes, with the exception of the internship experience. During the regular course registration period prior to the semester in which students intend on taking the exam, students will register for comprehensive exam by enrolling in CNL 697 Comprehensive Examination on WebAdvisor. Failure to adhere to University course registration dates will likely delay graduation.