Professional Licensure Information

The Graduate Counseling Program is designed to assist students in becoming prepared to take licensure exams and to become licensed with the state board of Tennessee.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Tennessee

Three examinations are required for the LPC licensure:

1- National Counselor Exam (NCE) is offered each fall and spring on campus at TNU. This exam was created by The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), which is under the American Counseling Association (ACA) and consists of 200 multiple choice questions.  We recommend the Encyclopedia of Counseling by Rosenthal as a study resource for the NCE.  

2- National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE)
The simulated cases on the NCMCHE are designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. Therefore, the problems assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosing, and treating clinical issues. The examination consists of ten clinical mental health counseling cases. Each case is divided into approximately five to eight sections classified as either information-gathering or decision-making.

3- Tennessee Jurisprudence Examination For Professional Counselors (TJE)

For more LPC licensure information click here.

Tennessee State Board Contact:  
Sherry Owens 
Phone: (615) 532-5138
Fax: (615) 532-5369

For information regarding supervision guidelines for those pursuing the LPC, click here.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Tennessee

Two examinations are required for the LMFT licensure:

1- The Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board's (AMFTRB) is taken through Prometric (PES) - click here to apply.

2- After all documentation is turned in for final hours in supervision, Sherry Owens (contact for Tennessee State Board) contacts you to schedule the Tennessee Jurisprudence exam and case study for Marriage and Family Therapy, which is comprised of 50 true/false questions as well as questions (multiple choice) related to a case study. 

Individuals completing the LMFT process are required to complete 1000 client contact hours and 200 supervision hours (100 of these hours can be group supervision).

For more LMFT licensure information click here.

Tennessee State Board Contact:  
Sherry Owens 
Phone:(615) 532-5138
Fax: (615) 532-5369
For a list of AAMFT Approved Supervisors go to the AAMFT website.