Professional Counseling, D.P.C.
The Doctor of Professional Counseling (D.P.C.) degree program is designed to meet the career advancement goals of licensed professional counselors and school counselors who wish to develop clinical specialization and achieve parity with other allied health and educational professionals. The doctorate is a professional degree intended to prepare master counselors for successful practice in a variety of clinical and school settings and leadership in professional organizations. The Doctor of Professional Counseling requires a minimum of 72 hours beyond a M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or other related professional degree. Additional coursework may be required by the Doctoral Program Review Committee to address deficiencies in previous coursework. The Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program is a course of studies in theory, research, and practice requiring students to be enrolled continuously and year-round once they have been admitted. The doctoral program consists of several components: Core Courses (27 semester hours); Application Courses (12 semester hours); Specialization Courses (12 semester hours); Clinical Courses (15 semester hours); and Concluding Courses (6 semester hours). This program is available in an online format.
The Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). The program is not accredited by CACREP. There is no assurance that a clinical doctorate will meet the CACREP standards for a research-based doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, which is currently the only doctoral-level accreditation.