CMHC Comprehensive Examination

All counseling students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must pass a comprehensive examination before their degree will be conferred.  The Liberty University Graduate Department of Counseling is utilizing the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), published by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), which is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), for the majority of the examination. 

Graduation Requirements

Students who are enrolled in the 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must successfully pass both the CMHC 670: Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and CMHC 671: Integration exam.

Requirements to Register for the Exam

  • The following CMHC courses should already be completed: 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 510, 512, 521, 522, 667
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Good standing in the program

Exam Dates

The comprehensive examination is administered the third Saturday of February, July and October. 
Additionally, this exam may be offered at the end of COUN 667 Intensives scheduled throughout the year.

Fall Term 2014 Exam Dates

  • August 29, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
  • September 12, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
  • October 24, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
  • October 31, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
  • November 8, 2014 - 8:00 a.m.

Spring Term 2015 Exam Dates

  • January 23, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
  • January 30, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
  • February 20, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
  • March 20, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
  • April 4, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

Information about the exam

Registration

  • CMHC Students: Email counselingcompexam@liberty.edu to register for the exam.
  • When you register for the CPCE, you will also be registered for the Integration exam. You will have 2 weeks before the date of your CPCE up until 2 weeks after to take your Integration exam.
  • CMHC students must take their CPCE exam at Liberty University.  Off-site testing is not allowed.

Time Limit

Students will have four hours to complete the written CPCE portion and 40 minutes to complete the integration exam on Blackboard course CMHC 671. 

Test Fee

  • $50 will be charged to your student account once you have been registered to take the exam.
  • There is no cost to be registered for the Integration exam.

Maximum Number of Attempts

  • Students may take both the CPCE and Integration parts up to three times.
  • Counseling Third Attempt Policy (CTAP)
    • Students who have failed the CPCE twice are required to complete a CTAP form and prepare an additional minimum of one semester before registering for their final attempt.
    • Please note the CTAP form must be completed and reviewed before students are eligible for their third and final attempt.
  • After three failed attempts, students will need to transfer into the 30-hour Human Services degree program to get their degree conferred.

Exam Results

  • Please allow a minimum of 2-4 weeks to receive your exam results via email.
  • Once these exams are processed, a notice will be sent to you immediately notifying you of the results.
  • The passing score for Version 100114 is 73 or higher.

Parts of the exam

I. Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

Eight core knowledge areas will be covered in the CPCE portion:

  1. Human Growth and Development
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations
  3. Helping Relationships
  4. Group Work
  5. Career and Lifestyle Development
  6. Appraisal
  7. Research and Program Evaluation
  8. Professional Orientation and Ethics

II. Integration

The Integration part is offered through Blackboard at no cost, and must be taken within 2 weeks of the CPCE portion.  This is a closed-book, closed-note exam.

  • Please contact the CPCE Coordinator for Liberty University via email (counselingcompexam@liberty.edu) to request to be registered for the integration portion of the exam.
  • This portion reviews studies that provide an understanding of the integration of theology and psychology.

Study Tips

I. CPCE

II. Integration

  • McMinn, M. R. (1996).  Psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling.  Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.  ISBN: 0-8423-5252-X
  • Entwistle, D. N. (2010).  Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity (2nd ed.).  Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.  978-1-55635-944-6.
  • Integration Study Guide

Preparing for the Exam

  • The best way to prepare for the exam is to develop a study schedule that allows for adequate studying time in each of the different areas of knowledge.
  • Divide your study time so that you spend equal time preparing for each area.
  • Study consistently.
  • It is recommended that students consider the timing for taking the CPCE. Often students in  their internship semester, who are also taking a few additional classes, tend to feel overwhelmed if a study schedule is not established and followed.
  • Do something relaxing and get a good night’s rest the night before the examination.