Graduate Student Obtains High Score on National Counseling Exam

Posted March 10, 2014


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Graduate Student Megan Forrer, set to graduate from Missouri Valley College’s Master of Arts in Community Counseling (MACC) program completed the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), scoring significantly above average score.


“The last time our students sat for the CPCE, they all scored well above the national average. Megan matched the achievement of previous MACC graduates,” said Dr. Kevin Sanders, MACC program director. “On an exam given to students in similar programs throughout the nation, our students have outperformed most of their counterparts from other colleges and universities, and this has happened each time our students have taken the exam. This indicates that our students are well-prepared for professional success as they approach graduation.”


The CPCE is administered by graduate counseling programs across the nation when students are nearing graduation. The exam serves the dual purpose of a student exit exam and a program evaluation tool. The exam mirrors the content of the licensure exam students must pass as part of the post-degree process for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.


“We are very proud of the achievement of our students. Student performance on this type of national exam also provides us with feedback about our curriculum and the instruction provided. The CPCE results of our graduating students tell us the program has a firm foundation from which students can succeed,” Sander said.

Megan started the MACC program as a full-time student, but she opted to complete the program as a part-time student.


“Roughly half our students are like Megan in that they choose to complete the program on a part-time basis. By offering students the option of full or part-time studies, as well as having courses in the evening, our program provides more flexibility to students, especially adult learners who are working. MACC students are held to high standards, and their CPCE performance reflects this, but part-time options make it possible for dedicated students like Megan to work and achieve academic success,” said Sanders.


To learn more about the MACC program, please contact MVC’s Graduate Admissions office at 660-831-4080 or go to



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