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Mental Health Counseling Program Earns Recognition from Trade Website

July 14, 2016

St. John Fisher College’s Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program earned a fourth place rank among top value advanced degree counseling programs in New York State.

According to, a trade website that provides information about obtaining advanced degrees related to the field of counseling.

“Our mental health counseling graduate program has been a leader in the field. Its student-centered approach and stellar outcomes distinguish it,” said Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing, which houses the graduate program. “It not only provides great value for students, it also provides great value for the communities our graduates serve.”

Using data provided in part by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Thomson Reuters “Essential Science Indicators” citation database, and College Navigator, the publication’s ranking methodology included program completion, job placement, and licensing exam pass rates, as well as accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

The program received an eight-year accreditation from the CACREP in February 2016, recognizing that the content and quality of the education offered at Fisher meets the highest standards set by and for the profession.

“We work hard to prepare each student for a career as a mental health counselor,” said Dr. Rachel Jordan, director of the program. “There are 47 colleges that offer a mental health counseling program in New York State and to be in the top 10 percent of those attests to the quality of our students, faculty, and community partners.”