Academics

Online CMHC

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Richmont’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has equipped counselors to serve individuals and families in a transformative way for nearly five decades, and since 2015, the online modality of this degree has extended the mission of the School of Counseling by increasing accessibility to the Richmont learning community through faithful online teaching and student engagement.

In 2020, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) approved the Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program; this accomplishment signifies that the online program meets the highest educational and clinical training standards within the counseling profession.

Online CMHC at a Glance

Develop strong clinical skills through academic training, hands-on experience, and personal and spiritual growth.
Earn an accredited degree that prepares for licensure as a Professional Counselor.
Integrate spirituality and counseling.
Counsel in a variety of settings, journeying with the client toward healing and wholeness.

All regular coursework is performed online, with 4 in-person residencies required throughout the course of study:

  • Residency 1: Fall Year 1 (5 days) 
  • Residency 2: Fall Year 2 (5 days) 
  • Residency 3: Spring Year 2 (3 days) 
  • Residency 4: Spring Year 3 (2 days) 

In addition, degree candidates are required to complete a Richmont-supervised clinical internship in their community. Students can also earn specialized graduate certificates to augment their field of study:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Trauma Counseling
  • Christian Sex Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Spirituality and Counseling Practice
  • Addictions Counseling

Our online courses are presented through a multi-faceted online portal. You will be assigned Richmont login credentials, and with those you will access a portal with functionality for viewing lectures, connecting with classmates, taking exams, submitting assignments, collaborating with faculty, and more. 

We develop our online courses so that they mirror the same quality content you would expect on campus. Our program is:

  • Fully Online 
  • Academically Comparable to In-Person Modalities 
  • Collaborative and Dynamic
  • Tailored to Adult-Learners

Richmont’s online courses are designed with your dynamic schedule in mind, providing the flexibility you need to study and participate at your own pace. 

All courses include an asynchronous and synchronous components. Students meet for class meetings about every other week throughout the semester in the evenings.

All courses combine synchronous and asynchronous components. This means that, while most of your coursework can be completed independently on your own, you also have the opportunity to participate in live class meetings with your instructors and classmates.  

All of your course assignments, discussions, quizzes, and exams, however, must be completed by their assigned due dates. Some courses may also require online group work that you need to take into consideration when allocating your time.

Through the online portal, you’ll have access to multiple ways to interact with your peers and instructors. Features include:

  • Live Class Meetings: Attend virtual class meetings to interact with your instructors and classmates in real time. Classes are scheduled every other week in the evenings. 
  • Email: Direct message your classmates and instructors. Similar to regular email, it’s an internal feature exclusive to those in the program.
  • Groups: Collaborate with your classmates on group projects and assignments.
  • News: Stay up-to-date with key updates from your instructors. 
  • Discussion Boards: Share ideas and feedback with the class. Some boards are graded and other times they are used as a means for brainstorming and sharing feedback.

Students enrolled in Richmont online courses should plan to spend approximately 8 to 12 hours per week on readings and assignments for a 3-credit course. Allocate extra time when you have papers, projects, or exams.

The Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 67-credit hour curriculum that emphasizes Christian integration, academic rigor, and clinical excellence. The online program can be completed in as quickly as 3 years or up to 4 years. Small class sizes create a cohort feel and allow for personal interaction with distinguished faculty.

Online CMHC Faculty

Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Online Program Director

Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Online Program Director

Michael Jones, Ph.D.

Professor and Online Program Assistant Director

Michael Jones, Ph.D.

Professor and Online Program Assistant Director

Amanda M. Blackburn, Psy.D.

Professor of Counseling, VP of Student Affairs

Amanda M. Blackburn, Psy.D.

Professor of Counseling, VP of Student Affairs

Jack Underwood, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Jack Underwood, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Bazile, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Bazile, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Preston Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Integrative Theology

Preston Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Integrative Theology

Ashley Bauman, Ph.D. Candidate

Adjunct Professor

Ashley Bauman, Ph.D. Candidate

Adjunct Professor

Next Steps

The cost of the program is $717 per credit hour + applicable fees.
Richmont wants to help make your education goals a reality, so please inquire about financial aid opportunities.