Becoming an LPCC

For over 35 years, AUSB has sent its Clinical Psychology graduates onto successful counseling careers where they excel in serving diverse needs and populations.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at AUSB meets the academic requirements for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the State of California (Business and Professions Code 4980.36). Graduates are able to offer psychotherapeutic services, which include establishing counseling goals and objectives to:

  • Empower individuals to deal adequately with life situations
  • Reduce stress
  • Experience growth
  • Change behavior
  • Make well-informed rational decisions

Students graduate with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from AUSB when:

  • They meet the current California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) curriculum and training requirements
  • Successfully complete the 90 quarter-unit degree program and follow the recommended course schedule
  • For duel licensure, students need to complete a 99 quarter-unit degree program.

Upon completing the Masters degree, students are required to do the following to be a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC):

  • Earn a total of 3,000 post degree hours, supervised by a licensed professional. Hours acquired while enrolled in a graduate program do not count towards these required hours.
  • Take and successfully pass two written exams upon completion of 3,000 hours.
  • Students should maintain contact with the BBS to stay informed of changes that may affect their efforts to obtain a license.
  • In the event of a change in licensing requirements, the program will modify the curriculum of the clinical psychology program in order to ensure students meet California licensure requirements.
  • Please note that persons who have been convicted of a felony may be denied a license by the BBS.

AUSB students have a very high rate of success in completing these steps to becoming an LPCC.

Students interested in licensure in a state other than California should contact that state’s professional licensing body for information on academic and clinical training requirements for licensure in that state. Although AUSB’s accredited degree is portable, most states have specific course requirements unique to that jurisdiction.