Program Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Online

This online certificate program is designed to prepare students with a master's degree in counseling for the Texas state Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) licensure exam.

Start Date:


Program Overview

Take a glimpse of LU’s Program Certificate in Mental Health Counseling

Lamar Online Degree Tuition Cost
Per Program
Lamar Program Duration
12 months
Program Duration
Degree Credit Hours Required
Credit Hours

This 18-hour bridge program for mental health counseling is designed for master's-level graduates with a 48-hour degree in counseling who want to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). This post-graduate certificate provides the supplementary knowledge and experience needed to meet the 60-credit-hour academic requirement for licensure in Texas. This program provides preparation for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and required coursework for eligibility as an LPC-Associate in Texas, and eventually the LPC credential. Coursework in your master’s degree should include:

  • Normal growth and development
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Counseling theories
  • Counseling techniques
  • Appraisal or assessment
  • Lifestyle and career development
  • Social, cultural, and family issues
  • Professional orientation
  • Research

The Certificate in Mental Health Counseling provides the coursework for licensure in:

  • Psychopathology
  • Counselor Ethics
  • Addiction counseling
  • Foundations
  • Marriage, couple and family counseling
  • Abnormal human behavior

For more information regarding the Texas LPC, please see

Have questions or need more information about Lamar University’s online programs?

Request Info


Pay for your online program by the course

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Program Certificate in Mental Health Counseling. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$5,832 Per Program. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Learn from our award-winning faculty

Dr. Brande Flamez, 2017 Dr. Judy Lewis Counselors for Social Justice Award
In service, Dr. Flamez was selected among candidates across the country who are counselors and/or counselor educators in honor of her global work toward social justice.


Important dates for this online certificate program

Our Program Certificate in Mental Health Counseling online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:10/24/22
Start Class:11/14/22

5 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day Department Required Deadline
Fall 2 10/03/2022 09/12/2022 09/26/2022 11/06/2022 09/17/2022
Fall 3 11/14/2022 10/24/2022 11/07/2022 12/18/2022 10/29/2022
Spring I 01/17/2023 12/27/2022 01/09/2023 02/19/2023 01/06/2023
Spring II 02/27/2023 02/06/2023 02/21/2023 04/02/2023 02/17/2023
Spring III 04/10/2023 03/20/2023 04/03/2023 05/14/2023 03/31/2023

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online?
Apply Now


Discover the qualifications for the Certificate in Mental Health Counseling online program

The Program Certificate in Mental Health Counseling online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Official Transcripts

Master's Degree

This program is designed for applicants who hold a master's degree in counseling.

3.0 Graduate GPA

Applicants must demonstrate proof of a 3.0 graduate GPA to be admitted into this post–graduate program.

University Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Master's degree: A master’s degree from any academic area/discipline that requires an initial teacher certification is required. Conferred master’s degree GPAs will be used for admission purposes.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

The Department of Counseling Admissions Requirements

The Department of Counseling requires the following for admission to the department programs. Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting additional documents will be e-mailed separately if accepted to the program.

  • 3.0 graduate GPA
  • Master's degree in counseling from a 48-credit-hour graduate program.
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted via the online application.

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

Now that you have completed the Apply Texas application, click here for FAQ’s and next steps in the admissions process.


Learn more about our Certificate in Mental Health Counseling online classes

Students are required to complete 18 hours of coursework in the Program Certificate in Mental Health Counseling online program.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course prepares mental health professionals in the basic diagnostic systems, research and explanations of psychopathology and basic working knowledge for integrating psychopharmacology for effective coordinating of services in an integrated health mode.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses application of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling and human service settings. Emphasis is placed on national and current state board rules, records management, strategies for personal and professional self-evolution, implications for practice, and client and professional advocacy.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An intensive exploration of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including family and social issues. A critical analysis of various techniques and approaches will be established. Development of personal counseling skills will be of major concern. Prerequisites: CNDV 5322, CNDV 5311. Course is available in 5 or 15 weeks depending on the program.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of various symptom categories in psychopathology. The course will include an analysis of the diagnostic categories as well as the research concerning etiology and treatment. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor or 12 semester hours of CNDV coursework.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides counselors and other human service workers with an overview and etiology of the addictive process. Students will develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and assessment strategies including the use of wraparound assessment and intervention services within a behavioral health setting. Pre-requisites: Admission to the Lamar Counseling Program.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

  • Need More Info?

    Submit the form below, and a representative will contact you to answer any questions.

Or call 866-223-7675

By submitting this form, I am providing my digital signature agreeing that Lamar University (LU) may email me or contact me regarding educational services by telephone and/or text message utilizing automated technology or a pre-recorded message at the telephone number(s) provided above. I understand this consent is not a condition to attend LU or to purchase any other goods or services.

Ready to Get Started?

Begin your application today!