Is there financial assistance available?

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) grant is available for qualified students. Visit our RSA grant page for more information.

When and where will classes meet?

All classes meet on Mercer’s Atlanta campus for instruct or-led evening classes requiring attendance just one night a week per class. Classes meet from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm and/or 7:45 pm to 10:15 pm Monday through Thursday.

How long will it take to earn this degree?

Students may pursue the degree either part-time or full-time status, and completion time is typically 28-36 months, though additional time or time away from full-time employment may be needed to satisfy field clinical work.

Does this program lead to licensure when I complete this degree?

Yes. The coursework requirements are designed to meet the requirements for licensing in the State of Georgia. Upon completion of this degree, appropriate examinations, and submission of transcripts to the licensing board, the graduate can earn the credential of Associate Professional Counselor. A fully Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential requires three years postgraduate counseling experience and supervision, as well as successful completion of the licensing exam. If the candidate for licensure holds a CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) credential, the requirement for postgraduate counseling experience and supervision is reduced to two years.

Students with this degree are also eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam which will lead to the distinction of earning the CRC credential.

What are the internship and practicum requirements?

  • Practicum (1 semester - 100 hours)
  • Internship (2 semesters - 600 hours)

What is the retention and graduation rate for this program?

The retention rate for the students admitted in the 2013-14 year is 90%; of the 19 students admitted, 4 have graduated and  13 are continuing to progress through the program. 

The retention rate for the 2014-15 year is 93%; 13 of the 14 admitted students are currently active.

What is the employment rate for graduates of this program, and what kinds of jobs do graduates get?

The employment rate for the students in the first cohort who have graduated in May 2015 is 100%. These graduates are employed in counseling, rehabilitation, and juvenile justice.