Admission to WSC does not constitute admission to the human service counseling program. A student will be accepted into the program following completion of requirements for program admission:
- File a formal application, completed in CSL 202 Introduction to Human Service Counseling. The application must include the names of two people who would be knowledgeable of personal qualities conducive to success within the counseling profession. Students who transfer credit which includes this course will need to make application during the semester of transfer.
- Earn at least a “C” grade in CNA 100 Principles of Human Communication and continue to demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in an effective way.
- Earn at least a “C” grade in ENG 102 Composition Skills and continue to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.
- Earn at least a “C” in CSL 202 Introduction to Human Service Counseling and continue to demonstrate an empathic understanding of people and knowledge of ethical, professional intervention.
- Earn at least a “C” in CSL 324 Fundamentals of Counseling and continue to demonstrate understanding of counseling theory in assisting people.
- PSY 101 and SOC 101 are strongly recommended as Social Sciences General Education options.
- Achieve and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in the major.
- The counseling faculty will review students' course assignments for writing skills and students with weak skills will participate in writing improvement activities.
- Demonstrate mental health and personal adjustment commonly expected within the counseling profession and model ethical standards.
- Sign a notarized Student Affirmation showing no felony convictions, nor misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or injury to any person, nor any other convictions involving moral turpitude. If there are convictions, submit court records with an explanation of actions taken to prevent additional convictions. (ANY further convictions must be brought to the attention of the Field Experience Office immediately after conviction).
- Receive a favorable recommendation by the human service counseling faculty based on their professional judgment of the student’s ability to be of help to others.
Students granted admission will be notified by letter. Students denied admission will also be notified by letter. An appeal may be made to the Dean of Education and Counseling.
Retention in the human service counseling program is contingent upon maintaining the above requirements. A student may request a review or hearing before the human service counseling faculty at any time.
Admission to the Professional Seminar
The professional seminar is designed to prepare the student for placement in the human service counseling internship. To be admitted to the seminar, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Officially admitted into the human service counseling program.
- Earn a minimum of 90 hours of credit including 36 hours in the major.
- Receive at least a “B-“in the CSL 342 Interviewing Skills and continue to demonstrate the ability to relate empathetically and therapeutically.
Admission to the Human Service Counseling Internship
The internship in human service counseling is designed to integrate the knowledge of theory and techniques with counseling practice. To be admitted to the internship, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Retention in the human service counseling program.
- Complete CSL 490 with a grade of at least a “C”.
- Submission of a completed Internship Agreement at least one month prior to the start of the internship.
- Approval of the instructor.
Requirements for Graduation
- Retention in the human service counseling program
- Completion of all program requirements.
- Earned “B-“or higher in CSL 497 Human Service Counseling Internship.