For students or graduates of our UALR Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling program who want to become licensed counselors in Arkansas, here’s a brief summary of the process:
- Applicants need 60 total hours (six hours beyond our 54-hour MRC program requirement).
- Specific core curriculum content must be covered. Attached is a list of our UALR Rehabilitation Counseling courses that meet Arkansas Counselor Licensure requirements. More information and the license application are available at the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling website. For more information about UALR Rehabilitation Counseling programs and courses, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-569-8512.
- After the application is made and all application requirements are met, the applicant can register to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE).
- If a passing score is obtained on the NCE, the applicant is scheduled for an oral examination before the ABEC.
- If the oral interview with ABEC is successful, the applicant becomes a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC).
- LACs must practice under supervision by an ABEC-approved LPC supervisor for 3000 client contact hours.
- After 3000 hours, the LAC becomes a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). LPCs can practice independently in Arkansas and have privileged communication protection under Arkansas law.
Students or graduates in other states need to contact the state licensing board that governs your state requirements for licensure. We will be glad to work with you to help you meet those requirements.
UALR LAC/LPC Core Curriculum Summary (PDF file format)