California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) reviews PLNU School Counseling program

Monday, May 21, 2012

Licensure for Professional Counselors has finally come to California!

The Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure became law as of February 2010 in California after passage of SB 788. The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is responsible for regulating the LPCC and other master’s-level licensure programs in the State of California including Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) and the Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) PPS School Counseling candidates who began their graduate study prior to August 1, 2012 and will complete all requirements for the 48-unit Master’s degree and PPS Credential before December 31, 2018, may qualify to pursue the examinations for this licensure. 

PLNU received notice from the BBS in February 2012, that it’s 48-unit Master’s degree in Education with a Concentration in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, includes coursework that meets 7 of the 9 core content areas defined by the BBS which meet the requirements for LPCC licensure under Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 4999.32.

Therefore, by virtue of PLNU MA/PPS candidates graduating from this 48-unit program that has met seven of the nine core content areas and been approved by the BBS, they may be eligible to satisfy the remaining two core content areas, Principles of the Diagnostic Process and Research and Evaluation by completing post-master’s degree coursework at an accredited or approved institution.

The Board of Behavioral Sciences has full discretion to make final decisions about whether or not a candidate’s degree has met all requirements for this licensure.

Please contact Dr. Dione Taylor, Director of Pupil Personnel Services at with any questions.