You will gain on-campus clinical experience from year one. Our state-of-the-art trainee practicum clinic offers students a unique opportunity to practice, review, and hone their counseling skills as they see real clients in a recorded environment, with supervised credits earned.
Guided, accessible internship placements are readily available through our established practicum sites throughout San Diego — tailor-made for your career goals.
You will receive relevant, multicultural training for a professionally diverse career through multiple clinic clients and PLNU’s comprehensive training in systems of psychology and classical, contemporary, and cutting-edge counseling methods.
Moreover, ongoing self-assessments measure your progress in skills development and self awareness and train you to understand your inner experiences — to help you identify your passions, strengths, and possible career specializations, and engage that wisdom with future clients.
At PLNU, you are mentored for success. Seasoned professors serve as academic and professional coaches in class, to help you fully grasp course content, and outside of class and after graduation, guiding you as you consider new career possibilities and growth strategies.
Most importantly, intentional, expert licensure exam preparation is an integral part of the coursework. Virtually every course prepares you to take the licensure exam — and free exam prep workshops after graduation will keep the material fresh in your mind.
PLNU’s experienced, working faculty-professionals integrate biblical principles, ethics, skills, and science, considering moral questions while linking hands-on training to cutting-edge research in holistic mind-body approaches.
LMFT or LPCC?
Should you study to become an LMFT or LPCC therapist? Although many course requirements overlap for both degrees, the LPCC emphasizes the individual in therapeutic practices rather than relational or systems-oriented practices. With the MFT license, you can help families, marriages, and couples, while the PCC license broadens your practice to counsel individuals with issues involving relationships; personal growth, mental, and emotional issues; adjustment to disability; crisis intervention; and problems with stress.
When you graduate from our program, you will have met the requirements for either the LPCC or LMFT. You choose which license you would like to gain hours to complete.
State authorization is a formal determination that PLNU is approved to conduct educational activities regulated by that state or U.S. Territory. PLNU is not required to obtain state authorization in every state or U.S. Territory, and the university has opted at this time not to seek authorization in certain states and U.S. Territories. Additionally, PLNU meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.
At this time, PLNU does not have authorization in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Territories.
Authorizations in specific states may change periodically. PLNU recommends contacting PLNU admissions at (800) 733-7770 for the latest information.
Professional Licensure or Certification
This program complies with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and meets the requirements for LMFT and LPCC Licensure in the state of California, where Point Loma Nazarene University is physically located. PLNU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for Professional Licensure or Certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in Clinical Counseling is available on this website counseling.org.
For more information on State Authorization and Program Licensure, please refer to our disclosures page.