Mission, Goal and Objectives

The mission of the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center forwards the mission of the University by providing a practitioner training program focused on the unique needs of diverse communities, especially in rural settings. We are committed to preparing entry-level counselors to work competently and ethically through the mastery of evidence-based counseling practices.  Our focus centers on understanding the unique needs of persons with mental health concerns across their lifespans in the community, workplace, personal relationships and activities.

The goal of the program is to prepare counselors with the counseling knowledge, attitudes, and skills to assist clients with mental health concerns to use their own resources and opportunities to meet their developmental, educational and interpersonal needs.  To accomplish this goal, the program provides educational and practical experiences that allow students to meet the following knowledge and outcome expectations:

The objectives of our program are linked to our mission statement. They are to provide:

  • Educational experiences that facilitate the development of knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to practice as qualified mental health counselors with a diverse population in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Learning opportunities to support the ability to implement culturally responsive and ethically sound counseling practices throughout their careers, and to advocate for individuals with mental health concerns and the profession.
  • Clinical training experiences focused on translating acquired knowledge, attitudes and skills to evidence-based practice in a wide range of real-world opportunities.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum

Core Coursework
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPMC 5301 Introduction to Counseling and Ethical Development 3 hours
HPMC 5302 Counseling Theories 3 hours
HPMC 5303 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
HPMC 5304 Career Counseling 3 hours
HPMC 5305 Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3 hours
HPMC 5306 Treatment Planning and Case Management 3 hours
HPMC 5307 Multicultural Counseling 3 hours
HPMC 5308 Research and Statistics 3 hours
HPMC 5309 Group Counseling 3 hours
HPMC 5311 Addictions 3 hours
HPMC 5312 Assessment 3 hours
HPMC 5313 Micro Counseling 3 hours
Total Hours 36 hours
Specialty Coursework
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPMC 5330 Foundations of Counseling and Ethical Development 3 hours
HPMC 5331 Crisis Counseling 3 hours
HPMC 5332 Psycho-pharmacology for Mental Health 3 hours
HPMC 5333 Professional Development in Mental Health Counseling 3 hours
Total Hours 12 hours
Clinical Experience
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPMC 5314 Practicum 3 hours
HPMC 5315 Internship I 3 hours
HPMC 5316 Internship II 3 hours
HPMC 5317 Internship III 3 hours
HPMC 6000 Internship Completion Var
Total Hours 12 hours
Course Designation Credit Hours
HPMC 5111 Independent Study 1 hour
HPMC 5310 Special Topics Study 3 hours
HPMC 5335 Special Topics in Mental Health Counseling 3 hours
Total Hours NA

Note: Elective credits are optional and not required for graduation.


The program was founded in 2017 and will be seeking accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


Upon completion of the MSMC program, students will possess the competencies and experiences necessary to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), and if successful, be accredited as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and sit for licensure as an LPC in most states.

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