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

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



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.