Can't decide which route to take...coamfte or wasc

Discussion in 'Nursing and medical-related degrees' started by MoxMo, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. MoxMo

    MoxMo New Member

    Hi all,
    I'm new here so please forgive me if this question has already been answered somewhere else. I searched other threads, but didn't exactly get the answers I needed.

    I am currently looking into grad schools (online or hybrid if close) for a graduate degree in MFT. Only a small handful are COAMFTE accredited. I would really love to got to Pepperdine but it is not coamfte accredited, but is wasc accredited. The schools with coamfte accreditation that I have looked into are Alliant, Northcentral, and a couple of others. Here is my dilemma/confusion: How important is a coamfte school vs a regionally accredited school when looking for employment? Pepperdine sounds (and looks) a lot more prestigious than Alliant or Northcentral, but is lacking coamfte. Plus, when interviewing, if I have Pepperdine on my cv people wouldn't necessarily think online education, whereas Alliant or Northcentral practically screams it. On the other hand, Alliant or Northcentral have the better(?) accreditation that Pepperdine lacks. I know that coamfte is important for licensing if I want to work for the VA or go to another state, and while I don't necessarily plan to do that, I don't want to eliminate that option either.

    I think what I'm worried about boils down to how employable will I be with a degree from one school versus another? I await any and all help with bated breath from you kind folks. Thank you all in advance.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    According to the COAMFTE site there is only one state that requires COAMFTE accreditation for licensure so unless you're planning on moving to Mississippi I guess your be OK without it.
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  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Since you already seem to have a sense of the kind of place where you'd want to work, at least as a category, you could try calling a few of those places' HR departments or senior managers and asking them. What's the worst that could happen?
  4. MoxMo

    MoxMo New Member

    Thanks Kizmet! I looked on the website and am not finding your info, could you direct me to where you saw that? But regardless, that gives me hope...
  5. MoxMo

    MoxMo New Member

    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to do that on Monday. I was thinking of talking to some LMFT's in my area, too, but human resources is a great idea.
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