The coursework of the MACO degree is designed to meet the curriculum requirements outlined by the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions and of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., (NBCC). Additionally, students may choose from courses offered in the MACO curriculum that will meet curricular requirements for licensure in most states. Students are required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) in their last semester and are eligible to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) after completing the program.
While the school makes every effort to ensure that the program meets licensure requirements in Massachusetts, licensure and certification requirements vary by state. The school’s responsibility is providing an opportunity to earn a degree. The student is responsible to contact the appropriate licensure or certification organizations and obtain the latest information on what is required for that particular licensure or certification.
Hours accumulated from practica/internship experience, which meet the requirements for the MACO degree may or may not meet the requirements for a particular state licensure or certification. (e.g., Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) meets degree requirements but may not meet state licensure requirements.)
Scholarships and financial assistance are available.