Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Program at Bethany Lutheran College
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Learn more about the
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program
at Bethany Lutheran College.

The need for quality clinical counselors continues to grow in communities and ministries across the country.

Bethany’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) provides the knowledge, skills, clinical experiences, and Christian worldview to prepare counselors for a variety of helping settings.

Outpatient Care Centers
Psychiatric Hospitals
Private Practice
Schools, Churches, and Ministries

Graduates of the CMHC Program are eligible to become National Certified Counselors,
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC).

The journey of becoming a professional counselor is both a joyful and challenging process. Bethany’s faculty is committed to supporting students throughout this journey.

Christian Foundation

All courses in the CMHC Program are taught within a Christian framework. Faculty members approach the mental health field from a Christian worldview and provide guidance on spiritual counseling situations that occur in both religious and secular settings.

Academic Excellence

Core content areas of the program are based on the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the national standards set by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Graduates are eligible to become nationally certified and/or state licensed.

Personal Mentorship

Bethany’s faculty provide mentoring through regular communication, Christian encouragement, and excellence in teaching and supervision. Whether in online classes or on-campus residencies, professors create an atmosphere of connection.

Online Program. Personal Connection. 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program provides flexibility and an atmosphere of personal connection through the combination of online instruction and on-campus experiences.

On demand, asynchronous classes accommodate your schedule, while in-person residencies, practicum, and internships provide opportunities to practice skills, obtain hands-on experience, and connect with classmates and advisors.

For more information on classes and residency schedules, visit the program information page.

Bethany’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is designed to help you…
Complete your educational journey

Ready to become a mental health counselor? Bethany’s CMHC program is the next step after earning your bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the CMHC program, you will be prepared to become nationally certified and/or state licensed.

Pursue a new career

Launch a second career in mental health counseling after a concise and concentrated two-year program of study or opt for a more flexible three-year path. You don’t need an undergraduate degree in psychology or any specific field to enroll.

Equip yourself for counseling settings

Pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and others find themselves in counseling situations every day. Taking one or more classes in Bethany’s CMHC Program can prepare you to help others with confidence.

“Having the grounding in a Christ-centered worldview during my undergraduate studies at Bethany was a wonderful gift that continues to guide me personally and professionally.  To further that training and specialization in a counseling master’s degree would have definitely been something that I would have taken advantage of and I am excited to see the way that this program will impact the next generation of Christian counselors”

Joshua T. Mears, PSYD, LP, BC-TMH (‘05) Psychology Major
Bethany is here to help.

Starting a graduate program, or even taking a graduate-level class, is a big decision.
Get more information about the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program by filling out our online form.

60 Credit Hours
for a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
3 on-campus residencies
and asynchronous, online courses for a flexible, yet personal educational experience
2- or 3-year program of study options
to fit your lifestyle and career goals
Clinical internship
in your home community
An undergraduate degree in any field
is accepted for admission into the program
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Check out The Well Mind Podcast with Dr. Benjamin Kohls

The primary focus of this podcast is to engage people in discussions about a broad range of topics related to wellness, with a special emphasis on mental wellness. Dr. Kohls is the Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Bethany Lutheran College.

Next Steps

Interested in studying at Bethany? Scheduling a campus visit is a great way to see what we have to offer. You can meet professors or sit in on a class too! Contact our admissions office to learn more.