Students Continue Graduate Program’s Success on National Exam

Students Continue Graduate Program’s Success on National Exam

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Recent graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi's master's degree program in counseling psychology achieved a 100 percent passing rate on the National Counselor Examination (NCE). This accomplishment was duplicated by the program's students in previous years, while also exceeding the national passing rate average.

Passage of the NCE is a qualifier for licensure as a professional counselor in many states, and for National Certified Counselor (NCC) status. The exam assesses knowledge, skills and abilities considered important in providing effective counseling services.

"We are so proud of our students," said Dr. Emily Yowell, director of training for the Southern Miss Department of Psychology's Counseling Psychology Master of Science Program. "Not only did they all pass the licensure exam, but scored well above the national average in all domains."

Graduates of the Southern Miss Counseling Psychology program enjoy rewarding careers with positions in community mental health centers, alcohol and drug treatment facilities, higher education, independent therapy practices and state agencies.

Christine Boehmer of Hattiesburg was one of the program's graduates who passed this year's exam. She recently began employment with Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources in Hattiesburg, and her goal is to become a mental therapist. She is beginning the process of pursuing National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification and licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).

"It feels great to have passed the NCE, and continue our program's long-held tradition of a 100 percent pass rate," Boehmer said.

For information about the Southern Miss Department of Psychology's master's program in counseling psychology, which is housed in the College of Education and Psychology, visit