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

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.