indiana licensure completion
The following information pertains to individuals who have completed a master’s degree outside of Indiana and who now need licensed in Indiana. For those looking for general Indiana counselor licensure information, please see the links below.
Because Indiana’s licensure requirements are generally more demanding than other states, individuals who have earned their master’s elsewhere may need to complete additional coursework or supervised field experience to become eligible to sit for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) in Indiana. The NCMHCE is the exam required for LMHC designation in Indiana.
It is important to note that if you have taken the National Counselor Examination (NCE), that exam is NOT equivalent to the NCMHCE. In the state of Indiana, master’s level graduates are now eligible to take the NCE in order to receive their designation as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA). After receiving the LMHCA designation and completing the 3,000-hour, post-degree supervised clinical experience (100 hours of face-to-face supervision required), individuals can sit for the NCMHCE in pursuit of the full LMHC designation.
Links to Indiana Licensure Requirements
LMHC Frequently Asked Questions
LMHC Application Instructions
Indiana State Code for Mental Health Counselors:
Summary of Indiana Licensure Requirements
1. Verification of Education: Degree and Coursework
If you hold a master’s degree that required no less than 48 semester hours, you also must complete an additional 12 semester hours of coursework in the area of mental health counseling or a related field to meet the 60-semester-hour requirement.
Content areas covered must include:
a.) Human growth and development
b.) Social and cultural foundations of counseling
c.) Helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice
d.) Group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consultation
e.) Lifestyle and career development
f.) Assessment and appraisal of individuals
g.) Research and program evaluation
h.) Professional orientation and ethics
i.) Foundations of mental health counseling
j.) Contextual dimensions of mental health counseling
k.) Knowledge and skills for the practice of mental health counseling and psychotherapy
l.) Clinical instruction
2. Verification of Education: Supervised Clinical Experience
Applicants must submit proof of completion of supervised field experience of 1,000 hours served in a counseling setting that included at least the following:
1.) 100-hour practicum
2.) 600-hour internship
3.) 300-hour advanced internship
If you have not completed an advanced internship, you can combine your practicum and internship to fulfill the 1,000-hour requirement.
Applicants need to have received at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision provided by a counselor educator, or a licensed or certified master’s or doctoral level psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health counselor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing during the completion of the total 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.
3. Verification of Post-Graduate Experience
Applicants must submit proof of 3,000 hours of post degree supervised clinical experience completed in no less than 21 months and no more than 48 months.
4. Verification of Post-Graduate Supervision
Applicant must show proof of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision that was provided by a licensed mental health counselor, a licensed or certified master’s or doctoral level psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing.
See LMHC application Instructions for full list of requirements: