Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling


If you have completed a master's degree in either school counseling or school psychology you have the opportunity to earn licensure as a Mental Health Counselor by participating in CNR's bridge program that has been approved by the New York State Department of Education. Depending upon previously completed coursework, you can earn a Mental Health Counselor advanced certificate by taking 15 to 30 additional credits and completing the required supervised clinical hours.

Required Courses*

Bridge program students must choose from the following course offerings that are part of the Mental Health Counseling degree requirements and which the applicant has not yet completed:

  • Introduction to Professional Counseling
  • Theories of Career Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Interviewing and Counseling Practicum
  • Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Family Process and Therapy II
  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I & II

*Upon completion of the necessary courses, an applicant must pass the mandated mental health counseling examination and complete 3,000 hours of supervised experience in a mental health counseling setting.

Program Highlights

  • Earn credits for previously completed coursework.
  • Learn from renowned experts in the Mental Health Counseling field.
  • Classes offered in late afternoon and early evenings on weekdays, as well as on weekends.
  • New York State approved bridge program.
  • Once licensed, you can find employment in hospitals, mental health clinics, private practice, and a variety of school settings.

Apply Now

  1. Submit your application at
  2. Include a personal statement.
  3. Forward all official college transcripts to CNR.