The program is offered in three formats:
The traditional ground-based format is offered at the Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus. Courses are offered weekly for the duration of the academic semester, typically held Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration is offered in this format.
The clinical mental health counseling and school counseling concentrations are offered in the regional campus format on NSU campuses in Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa. Students admitted to this format complete two courses per term that are eight weeks in length, and include two class meeting weekends. The class weekends occur on a Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Students come to campus for two weekends per eight week session). Students also engage via Canvas between class meetings. During the final year of the program (year 3) students are enrolled in practicum/internship, thereby increasing their enrollment to three courses each term. During year 3, students attend practicum/internship supervision one evening per week while completing their field placement, in addition to the two weekend courses. Please contact the Department of Recruitment and Admissions for information about current campus cohort start-ups.
In the online format, all coursework is offered online. Courses are generally asynchronous, meaning that the student has the flexibility to self-pace their work within the course deadlines. Occasionally, some courses may have synchronous (i.e., live) class meetings, which are arranged between the instructor and the class. Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration requires a 3-day mandatory face-to-face residency (part of PYCL 0511, Introduction to Counseling Techniques), typically taken in the second semester of the program. Currently, this residency may be completed at either the Orlando or Fort Lauderdale-Davie campuses.
Please note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Substance Abuse Counseling and Education concentrations all require a supervised practicum and/or internship experience in order to complete the degree (the ABA Practicum is optional). This field experience requires placement in a qualified agency where the student will provide face-to-face counseling services under the direction of a qualified supervisor. All practicum and internship courses meet synchronously (i.e., live, either in person or via videoconference, if an online course), which is a departure from the typical weekend and online schedules.