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

51 students graduated between the summer of 2020 and the spring of 2021.

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 2018, approximately 91% 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 2020 through May 2021 and who were actively seeking employment, 89% were employed within six months of graduating.

PMHC and PMHC-A Annual Program Report 2016
PMHC and PMHC-A Annual Program Report 2017

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 2014/15. Additionally, the CACREP web site provides helpful information at