Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete the program?
It usually takes between two to three years if attending full-time, and about four years if completing the program part-time.
What time of the day are the classes held?
Most classes are scheduled from 4:30-7:00 p.m. and 7:30-10:00 p.m. in the Fall and Spring semesters, and 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Summer semester. Occasionally, additional sections of a class will be offered in the morning, the afternoon, or on Saturdays.
What is the average age of students?
About half of our students come directly from undergraduate programs. The others vary widely in age, from those with a few years of work experience, to those who are beginning a second career. We encourage students to learn from and assist one another, and we appreciate the life experience of our students.
Can I complete the program at the Montgomery County Center without going to the Main Campus, or vice versa?
The program can be completed in its entirety at the Montgomery County Center. There are program requirements that require travel to Main Campus including the Written and Oral Comprehensive Exams.
What is the longest amount of time before the degree needs to be completed?
The degree requirements must be completed in 7 years.
How do I complete the Pennsylvania licensure requirements after I complete the M.A. degree?
In addition to the 60 credit-hour M.A. degree, you also must pass a licensure examination and complete at least two years of 3000 hours of supervised work experience (i.e., a paid position). For more information on licensure requirements for professional counseling in all 50 states, visit the American Counseling Association website.
How does the M.A. in PCC qualify a student for the job market?
The job market is good for students receiving their M.A. in Professional Clinical Counseling. Students in the PCC Program are well-prepared for licensure and find jobs after graduation in clinics, agencies, schools, and college counseling centers, and employee assistance programs. After licensure, many LPCs opt to also open a private practice. For more information on employment and wages, visit the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics website for mental health counselors.
Does the M.A. in PCC prepare me for doctoral studies?
La Salle’s M.A. in Professional Clinical Counseling provides excellent preparation for a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision or a related degree. Doctoral programs typically seek applicants with clinical and research experience; students graduate from La Salle’s PCC program with at least 700 clock hours of field experience (and at least 340 hours of client contact), and there is opportunity within La Salle’s program to collaborate with a faculty member to gain research experience or complete a research project.
What is the difference between a M.A. and a Psy.D. degree as it pertains to employment after graduation?
The M.A. prepares students to become licensed as a professional counselor, whereas the Psy.D. is the minimum degree required to become licensed as a psychologist. Both degrees qualify you to work as a mental health professional, including private practice. Although salaries are usually higher for those with a doctorate, and most academic positions require a doctorate, Psy.D. programs require more academic credits and a doctoral dissertation.
Will graduation from this program enable me to become a school counselor?
We do not have a concentration in school counseling. Students completing the Professional Clinical Counseling Program can obtain certification by taking courses at another university.
What are the deadlines for each semester for applying?
We have rolling admission; deadlines are posted on the Admission page.
How long after my file is complete will I hear a decision, and how will I be notified of the decision?
We usually notify applicants who have submitted completed files within four weeks. Applicants are notified by e-mail and regular mail.
Is parking a problem?
There is secure on-campus parking available on all campuses. Main Campus offers a free shuttle service from the academic buildings to campus parking lots.