Northwest Nazarene University

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About the Program

The Counselor Education Department at NNU offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling with three possible majors: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and School Counseling. This program requires students to complete 60 credits hours of coursework over eight semesters (an average of 33 months), log 1,000 hours of practicum/internship experience, pass the national comprehensive exam (CPCE), sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and engage in personal growth experiences such as individual and group counseling (as clients). Program graduates typically complete all requirements for licensure while enrolled in the program—including the national exam—and apply for licensure as a counselor after graduation. Upon graduation, students are prepared with the professional competencies necessary for entry-level counseling and therapeutic direct service delivery as well as with a base to pursue doctoral-level study.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and School Counseling programs are delivered in a traditional method on-site at NNU with some options for blended courses. The Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs are also available in Twin Falls, Idaho taught on the College of Southern Idaho campus. New cohorts begin every three years. For more information please contact Christy Gillam at

NNU is a religiously affiliated institution with a Wesleyan foundation. Spiritual wellness, an atmosphere of gratitude, commitment to community, service to others, a relational focus between faculty and with students, and good mental health practices are modeled by faculty for students. Students of any background/tradition are welcome.

  • Choose between three counseling degree tracks
  • Work closely with faculty mentors
  • CACREP accredited program with a long-standing reputation for excellence

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Elaina Crenshaw

I feel like I've grown the most socially here. There's a line in “It’s a Small World,” that “a smile means friendship to everyone.” I was like, maybe that's cheesy but it might work... and people responded with a smile. I've made some good friends here and I'm really happy about that.

Elaina Crenshaw

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