Highest 2017 licensure exam pass rate in Ohio

Students and graduates of The University of Akron's School of Counseling had the highest passage rate on the professional counselor licensure exam in Ohio in 2017.

92 percent of the school's test takers – final-semester internship students and recent graduates – passed the National Counselor Examination, required in the state for licensure. That puts the University well above the national average of 78 percent. It is also higher than other universities in the region, which scored passage rates between 64 and 80 percent.

UA also registered the most exam completions in the state (68 total).

National average: approx. 78%

Regional university exam pass results:

  • The University of Akron: 92%
  • Malone University: 80%
  • Youngstown State University: 80%
  • Kent State University: 78%
  • Walsh University: 77%
  • Cleveland State University: 64%

Fully online counseling programs fared worst:

  • Walden University: 70%
  • Capella University: 69%

“These outstanding results not only exemplify the quality of School of Counseling students, but also the world-class training received at The University of Akron. School of Counseling instructors, a state-of-the-art training clinic, and effective teaching methodologies (e.g., practical skill-based learning versus fully online knowledge and memory-based education) have resulted in extraordinary success for our students and graduates.”

Dr. Robert C. Schwartz,
College of Health Professions interim associate dean and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program coordinator