Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling (Bridge)

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To be eligible to apply for this 15 credit-hour certificate program, students must have successfully completed a master’s degree in counseling.  The purpose of this program is to assist practicing counselors to accrue the coursework, knowledge and experience required to apply for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor limited permit in New York State.

Admission to the Program

The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies. The application process includes:

  1. An online graduate application with the student's written objective for entering the program;
  2. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and
  3. Three letters of recommendation (from an employer, a professor, and a character reference).

Applicants must have a master's degree in counseling.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.


  • EDC 615: Counseling in Mental Health Settings – 3 credits
  • EDC 613: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (if not taken as part of MS program)
  • EDC 724: Implementation I: Mental Health Counselor – 3 credits
  • EDC 735: Clinical Experience for Implementation – 3 credits
  • EDC 730: Implementation II:  Mental Health Counselor – 3 credits

Total credits (15 credits)


Graduates from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Bridge program earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling and are eligible to pursue New York State licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Graduates must then apply for a limited permit, which is the initial phase of counselor licensure. Upon acquiring 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised work experience in an approved mental health setting and passing the Clinical Mental Health Exam, the counselor then applies to have the limited permit converted to a license to practice mental health counseling. The license allows employment in New York State certified Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) clinics, PROS (Personal Recovery Oriented Services), inpatient, and other programs. It also creates access to most managed care provider panels and authorization to conduct one’s own private counseling practice. The limited permit authorizes all of these activities except a private practice.