Eating Disorders Certificate

This program is appropriate for mental health and addictions practitioners, nutritionists, or medical personnel working in the field, as well as graduate students currently completing master’s degrees in counseling or therapy.

Earning a Certificate

Students who wish to earn a formal certificate from Lewis & Clark must be admitted into the certificate program of interest. The credential is only issued for students who have taken either (1) all courses for degree-applicable credit (500, 600 or 700 level) or (2) all courses for non-degree-applicable credit (800 level). In other words, the certificate cannot be issued if some courses were taken for degree-applicable credit and some were taken for non-degree-applicable credit; they must all be taken for the same kind of credit - no mixing of credit levels.

Admissions Expectations

The Eating Disorders Certificate program is appropriate for:

  • Students currently enrolled or admitted to one of the following Lewis & Clark Counseling, Therapy, and School Psychology programs: Art Therapy, Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy, Professional Mental Health Counseling, Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions, or School Psychology. Students in the School Counseling program are also eligible. The students must be in good standing.
  • Alumni of Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling counseling programs. Requires program coordinator approval. 
  • Professionals with prior education and/or experience in the mental health, addictions, nutrition, medical, or counseling fields. Faculty will review transcripts and resumes to determine eligibility. 
  • Master’s level graduates with comparable prerequisites from a regionally accredited program.
  • Current graduate students undertaking comparable counseling or related degree programs at other regionally accredited institutions.

Application Timeline

There is no application deadline. Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. That is, applications will go to the program director for review once the application is complete.  Applications must be received no less than 30 days before the first course begins. Applicants who wish to take the certificate program for degree applicable graduate credit are required to have the application reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. NOTE: some courses may require admission prior to registration.

Admissions Requirements:

The application form and all supporting materials must be received by the Lewis & Clark Graduate Admissions office in a timely manner. The following are required for admission:

  1. Application Form and Fee
    Complete the online application form. A $50 application fee is required and can be paid by credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available for alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark. 
  2. Personal Essay
    Describe your goals for pursuing a certificate. Your essay should be no more than two pages or 500 words in length. It is submitted electronically as part of the online application.
  3. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Also include any volunteer work or other professionally related experiences.
  4. Official Transcript(s(for students not currently enrolled in a Lewis & Clark Graduate program)
    Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program must provide an official transcript showing progress in the master’s degree program. Applicants must provide official copies of their undergraduate and graduate transcripts indicating degrees earned.

    Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.

    How to submit your transcripts
    Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
  5. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. Applicants to the Eating Disorders certificate program must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants who have completed graduate studies must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.