Earn a Counseling Degree
Make a difference in the lives of others in need
Counselors play a vital role in assisting people during difficult times, especially in programs serving clients with substance dependency. Our counseling program prepares students to work with distressed individuals, ranging from youth to married couples or the elderly. With three areas of concentration (Addiction Studies, Criminal Justice, and Child & Adolescent Studies), you can dedicate your time to a specialty you are passionate about.
Many of our students go on to work as addiction counselors after earning their undergraduate degree in counseling, and other students go on to graduate studies in the fields of counseling, social work, or psychology.
About Our Counseling Program
Bachelor of Science in Counseling
This degree focuses on preparing you to counsel others identifying with emotional, mental or spiritual distress.
- Practice in hospital-based treatment programs
- Work in agencies serving youth, families or elderly clients
While earning your Bachelor of Science in Counseling, you can expect to take courses including Developmental Psychology, Ethics for the Social Sciences, Perspectives on Substance Use and Abuse, and Theories of Therapy. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
Select Your Concentration
Counseling students at our private university have the ability to choose among three different concentrations areas. These areas include Criminal Justice, Child & Adolescent Studies, and Addiction Studies.
About Our Faculty
Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in counseling. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.
While pursuing a degree in counseling, you can expect a promising future. The counseling field is projected to grow 8% between 2014 and 2024. Our students are prepared to meet the expected demand for counselors.
A degree in counseling will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to counseling. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries:
- Child Abuse Counselor
- Case Manager
- Addiction Counselor
- Probation Officer
Our Catholic university has partnerships with more than 40 public and private agencies as well as other service providers in the Wichita area where you can practice working in areas including addiction, children and adolescents, and criminal justice.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our counseling program, our students can join the Campus Counseling Club. This organization allows for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
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Successful Program Outcomes
We think our university is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous students have to say about their experience.
Success Story — Lindsey Fontelroy, Class of 2015
The Newman University Bachelor of Science in Counseling program is more than a major; for many students, it’s a calling. Lindsey Fontelroy was not someone who initially saw herself studying to become a counselor. The decision to return to school was not easy, but it was a decision that Lindsey knew would allow her to pursue her passion in helping others. After working closely with her advisors, Lindsey ultimately decided on a major in counseling. She began taking drawing and painting classes as well, eventually minoring in art. By incorporating art into her education, Lindsey found she could introduce art to clients who needed alternative methods of expressing themselves.
Success Story — Jessica Martinez, Class of 2015
Jessica Martinez graduated cum laude in the counseling program at Newman University in December 2015. She will soon be on her way to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California, where she has been accepted to the Master of Social Work Program. During her time at Newman, Jessica served as Vice President of the Counseling Club at Newman University and was an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
"You may be paying a little more at Newman, but you’re getting an experience that you can’t get at any other institution. You get more sense of a family. You’re one of few instead of just one of many. You aren’t just another face in the crowd."
Bryan Janzing, CLASS OF 2016
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