Admissions and Tuition

Tuition
Tuition costs may be determined from the VCU Student Accounting Tuition & Fees web site. Under the "Select Program" pull-down menu, choose "Graduate Masters - Patient Counseling" even if you are applying for the Post baccalaureate Certificate in Patient Counseling program. At this time, tuition costs are the same for both programs. Please use the tuition calculator to determine your approximate tuition costs for the program/s for which you are applying.

Financial Aid
Students in Patient Counseling may qualify for Federal Financial Aid assistance. For more information, contact the VCU Department of Financial Aid.

Scholarships
A limited amount of scholarship assistance is available through the A.D. Williams Scholarship program. Interested students should submit a letter requesting financial assistance to the Department of Patient Counseling.

Certificate in Patient Counseling (Post Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate)

  1. You must apply and be accepted to VCU's Graduate School to participate in our CPE Program: VCU Graduate School Application
  2. ACPE Application
  3. Transcripts from all previous or current institutions of higher education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the VCU Graduate School Admissions.
  4. A resume.
  5. A personal interview with one or more faculty members.
  6. International students need an external credential evaluation to complete an application. WES, ECE and AACRO are recommended NACES providers. Send evaluations to:

    Office of Admissions
    Blair House
    408 W. Franklin Street
    PO Box 843012
    Richmond, VA 23284
  7. Submission of 3 written academic references.  Forms can be accessed on the VCU Graduate School Admissions website or by clicking on the following link:  http://graduate.admissions.vcu.edu/files/2013/06/reference.pdf 

Please print and use this student application checklist as a reference to complete your application process. For more information regarding the application process, please contact our department at cpepatc@vcu.edu.

Master of Science in Patient Counseling

  1. You must apply and be accepted to VCU's Graduate School to participate in our CPE Program: VCU Graduate School Application
  2. ACPE Application
  3. Submission of transcripts with indication of completed undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts should be sent directly to the VCU Graduate School Admissions.
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or at least one year of graduate education with a grade-point of "B" or better.
  5. A copy of all previous ACPE CPE evaluations.
  6. Two verbatim case studies of your work with patients/clients.
  7. A resume.
  8. A personal interview with a faculty admissions committee.
  9. International students for whom English is a second language should submit scores at an acceptable level (minimum of 550) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and give additional evidence of ability to communicate in English with facility and Skype interview. (Graduate and international Recruitment and Admissions). International students need an external credential evaluation to complete an application. WES, ECE and AACRO are recommended NACES providers. Send evaluations to:

    Office of Admissions
    Blair House
    408 W. Franklin Street
    PO Box 843012
    Richmond, VA 23284
  10. Submission of 3 written academic references.  Forms can be accessed on the VCU Graduate School Admissions website or by clicking on the following link:  http://graduate.admissions.vcu.edu/files/2013/06/reference.pdf 

Please print and use this student application checklist as a reference to complete your application process. For more information regarding the application process, please contact our department at cpepatc@vcu.edu.

Submission of Materials


Note: The Admissions Committee will not review incomplete packages.
Completed applications should be mailed to:
Angela H. Flack, M.Div.
Director of Education
Department of Patient Counseling
Post Office Box 980664
Richmond, VA 23298-0664

VCU Graduate School Application Fee
All VCU Graduate School applications require an application fee, which is payable on-line to the Graduate School at the time the application is submitted. The amount of this fee is established yearly and will be communicated in all correspondence with prospective students. The current application fee is $65.00. This fee is non-refundable unless the program to which you are applying is cancelled.  If you prefer to pay by check, send a check or money order, payable to VCU, to the address below.  Please include the student's full name in the memo line of the check or money order.

VCU Graduate School
408 W. Franklin Street
PO Box 843051
Richmond, VA 23284

 


Deadlines

  • Completed applications received prior to December 1st will receive a decision by February 28th for the following Summer and Fall residencies.
  • Completed applications received by February 1st will receive a decision by March 15th for the following Summer and Fall residencies.
  • Completed applications received after February 1st will be processed on a rolling admissions basis.
  • Summer Certificate in Patient Counseling applications received by December 1st will receive a decision by January 30th.
  • Summer Certificate in Patient Counseling applications received by January 15th will receive a decision by February 28th.
  • Response to all rolling admissions applications will be provided within 60 days of receipt of the completed application.

Restrictions
No application for any program will be considered more than one year prior to anticipated enrollment.



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