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Are the online mental health counseling programs at AIC accredited?

American International College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

The curricula in the MA in CMHC and the EdD in MHC are aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) to prepare you for licensure in most states. (Students are responsible for ensuring they meet all state licensing requirements.)

Field Placement Services

What is field placement?

Field placement is the required hands-on learning component of American International College’s (AIC’s) online mental health counseling programs. Whether you enroll in the master’s or doctorate program, you will apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations to prepare you for your future in mental health counseling or academia.

How does the field placement process work?

Your dedicated AIC field placement team collaborates with you to secure quality field learning sites that reflect your educational goals. They ensure all experiences meet the College’s standards and that the agencies and field instructors are approved before you start your fieldwork.

How do field placement services help me?

Concurrent coursework and field experiences connect theory with practice. Field placement provides real-world, hands-on counseling experience in the form of practicum hours. Your Field Placement Coordinator helps identify quality placement sites within your local community so you can focus on your coursework and build your skills.

Do I have to pay extra for field placement services?

No. Support to find field placement sites in your community that align with your career goals is integrated into the program cost and saves you time.

How should I prepare for my field placement?

Your Field Placement Coordinator will guide you through the entire process. They will give you a realistic idea of the field experience to ensure you are ready to work with supervision and independently.

Can I arrange my own field experiences?

Students are strongly encouraged to list agency referrals on the field intake form for the Field Placement Coordinator to arrange. Mental health counseling faculty are required to review and approve the agency before the start of any field work.

What am I responsible for to ensure a timely field experience?

Completing the field placement intake form initiates the field placement search process. Upon completion of the form, you will be required to complete all field clearance requirements (by the College and agency) prior to the start of your first field experience. Most agencies have additional requirements for the College and/or interviews that students must complete prior to starting. As active participants in the placement process and to help focus the placement team’s search, students are encouraged to provide any local sites where they would prefer to complete their field hours.

In what types of agencies do students complete their fieldwork?

Typically, students complete their field practicum hours at: 

  • Community centers/organizations 
  • Human service agencies 
  • Counseling and therapy centers 
  • Addiction and mental health treatment facilities 
  • Adoption agencies 
  • Senior care facilities, such as nursing homes 
  • Correctional facilities 
  • Hospitals/clinics
When will I be informed of field placement details?

You will receive a notification from your dedicated Field Placement Coordinator prior to each field experience start date.

Do I get paid or reimbursed for my travel expenses during my fieldwork experience?

No. Due to the educational nature of the fieldwork, sites do not pay students. You are responsible for your transportation and travel expenses.


How much do the AIC online mental health counseling programs cost?

The online MA in CMHC and EdD in MHC programs cost $830 per credit hour + fees* for a total investment of $49,800 and $54,780, respectively. There are no student fees. Financial aid may be available to our online students.

*Please speak with your enrollment advisor about additional program fees.

Program Details

Are AIC’s mental health counseling programs online?
The coursework is delivered 100% online. There are no campus residencies to attend, but you will log 700 practicum hours of hands-on learning experience in designated clinical sites near you.
Is the faculty within AIC’s mental health counseling programs experienced?
You will learn from active practitioners who bring real-world experience into the online classroom. As trusted AIC faculty members, they are committed to your success as a mental health counselor and leader.
Are field placement services provided?

Yes. A dedicated AIC Placement Coordinator works with you to secure a site and preceptor near you. Learn more.

How long will it take for me to complete AIC’s online mental health counseling programs?

It depends on your schedule, and the choice is yours. You can take the MA in CMHC program on a full-time basis and earn your degree in two years (six trimesters). Or, you can enroll in the program part-time and earn your degree in three years and three months (ten trimesters).

You can take the EdD in MHC program full-time and earn your degree in two years and three months (seven trimesters). Or, you can enroll in the program part-time and earn your degree in three years and seven months (eleven trimesters).

How many start dates do the online mental health counseling programs have per year?
There are three intakes per year for both programs: fall, spring, and summer.
How many credit hours are required for AIC’s online mental health counseling programs?
The online MA in CMHC requires 60 credit hours of coursework and 700 practicum hours of hands-on learning experience. The online EdD in MHC requires 66 credit hours and 700 practicum hours.

Program Eligibility & Requirements

What are the admission requirements to apply for AIC’s online mental health counseling programs?

The MA in CMHC admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • 2.75 GPA 
  • 2 Letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement 

The EdD in MHC admission requirements:

  • Master’s degree in psychology or closely related field
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • 3 Letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement 
Where can I find more information about applying to AIC’s online mental health counseling programs?

You can find more information on this page.

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