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Our division offers Master’s level professional counseling training in two entry-level specialty areas:  Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). Concentrations/tracks are offered in working with persons with developmental disabilities and/or psychiatric disabilities in both programs.

Certification and Licensure Eligibility for our Program Graduates

Graduates from both programs are eligible for national professional certification to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) or National Certified Counselor (NCC) and meet educational requirements for state license to practice counseling regardless of setting in many states (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or LCMHC in North Carolina). Other certifications may also become an option but may require additional training beyond the master’s degree (e.g., Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor).

Our clinical rehabilitation counseling program is ranked #13 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

***CACREP Accreditation Update 

To all current and prospective applicants for the Fall of 2024:

UNC’s Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMH) program was dually accredited through CACREP in the specialty program areas of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling through October 2024. CACREP is no longer accrediting dual specialty programs. Accordingly, we have applied for re-accreditation to offer two degree options, where prospective students will apply to enter either the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program or the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. If approved, this change would be in effect for students currently enrolled as of Fall 2023 and prospective students applying to enter the program in Fall 2024.

Based on our most recent communication with CACREP, our program accreditation site visit will be in November 2023. We hope to have an update on our accreditation status in Spring 2024. However, as long as we receive accreditation by January 2025, all students who were in the program for the 18 months prior to accreditation being established will be considered graduates from a CACREP accredited program. 

We will post any updates to this website when available. Please feel free to email with any questions.

Thank you!