College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Check List

Program Checklist: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

____ Fill out Application for Graduate Study (.pdf file). [Be sure to send in your $50.00 application fee if
you did not receive your undergraduate degree from UNI.]

____ Fill out Intent to Apply form online immediately.

____ Submit the two above-mentioned forms and written statements to the School of Applied Human
Sciences. Careful adherence to deadlines is imperative. Call the office at (319) 273-6414 before the
application deadline to make sure your admission file is complete. Late applications will not be

___ Attend a pre-admission orientation may be scheduled. You will be informed about the date for this
meeting on or before the application deadline.

____ Students will be informed in writing of decision regarding provisional admission to coursework
(Level One) 4-5 weeks after the application deadline. (It takes this long for all professors to review all
materials for each applicant.)

____ If you are admitted, you will be assigned to an advisor. Contact this individual [by phone, e-mail,
or in person] now (and each subsequent semester) to plan course schedules, and discuss program

____ Carefully read and comply with the information in the program information handbook and the
university catalog.

____ After 9 hours of coursework, submit forms for Level Two Progression Requirements. Instructions
in handbook.

____ After being admitted, any course substitution requires a Student Request form. [Form must be
submitted through MyUNIverse].

____ Practicum/Internship. After conferring with your advisor about your program of study and
determining when you are eligible to take practicum and internship, make sure to refer to the
Handbook for your program area, which is on the website and refer to your program worksheet as
you progress through you graduate experience. This handbook contains specific information on
requirements. It is important to follow course rotation; practicum and internships have a limited
number of places. If you move out of your rotation a spot may not be available when you want one.
You may have to wait for an opening.

____ If you receive a "C" in COUN 5105 Counseling Skills you must retake it before taking COUN 6205
Counseling Process with Individuals and Systems. A minimum grade "B" is expected in COUN 6241
Treatment Procedures in Mental Health Counseling and COUN 6286 Advanced Psychopathology and
Treatment. If you receive a "C" in COUN 6254 Counseling Children and Adolescents, you must retake
the course before taking COUN 6290, Practicum.

____ Obtain Professional Liability Insurance prior to Level Two courses. This is required. Refer to the
information about ACA Professional Liability Insurance in this handbook and consult your advisor. aster of Arts in Counseling Program Handbook 30

____ Research paper, project, or thesis. Refer to the HANDBOOK OF GUIDELINES from before meeting
with advisor for topic approval. Check with your advisor and watch of notices from faculty via email for
deadlines which must be followed. Deadlines will be posted and clearly communicated, usually via
email. This process starts two semesters prior to graduation. Generally students do a research paper in
connection with a class, unless they plan to pursue a doctoral degree, in which case they may want to
consider a thesis. This is not as critical as in year past. Many people pursue doctoral studies and do not
complete a thesis.

____ Comprehensive Exam. CPCE, read information in this handbook regarding. (taken in the semester
that you graduate, offer fall and spring semesters).

EXPLAINED IN THIS HANDBOOK: personal counseling, a diversity experience, participation in a group,
attendance at a professional development workshop or conference, and completion of a child abuse
reporting seminar.

____ Fill out Application to Graduate [this form must be submitted through MyUNIverse] and the Exit
Requirement Verification forms (included in Comprehensive Examination handbook) and submit to the
departmental office by the end of the 2nd week of Fall or Spring semesters. If you are planning to
graduate Summer session, please submit your application on Spring deadline date (indicating on the
form "Summer" graduation). If you do not graduate the semester you applied, you must reapply for the
next semester. There is a university fee for each time you apply to graduate.