Professional Mental Health Counseling Outcomes

Programs in Professional Mental Health Counseling prepare students to become mental health counselors who work in a variety of settings such as community mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, the corrections system, community colleges, colleges and universities,  residential treatment centers, and private practice.  

Counseling Student Program Outcomes for PMHC and PMHC- Specialization in Addictions

Number of Graduates

64 students graduated between the summer of 2021 and the spring of 2022.

Program Completion Rate

Our students may complete their program in a minimum of 7 semesters, with 7-9 semesters considered on-time for a full-time student. Some students who are enrolled part-time typically graduate within 11 semesters. Of the students who initially matriculated into PMHC or PMHC-A in the Fall of 2019, approximately 92% graduated in 10 terms or less.

NCE Pass Rate

Last year, 93% of our students who took the NCE passed. Additionally the average for Lewis & Clark students was above the national average for students in CACREP accredited programs in each CACREP area as well as in the overall score.

Employment After Graduation

For the students who graduated between August 2021 through May 2022 and who were actively seeking employment, 90% were employed within six months of graduating.

Annual Reports

2022-2023 Annual Program Report

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook offers more information on the profession of counseling, including a description of the types of work settings, job outlook, earnings, and required qualifications as of 2021/22. Additionally, here is some state specific information on employment and wage information for mental health counselors. You can also find more helpful information on the CACREP website