Online Admissions Process for Mental Health Practitioner

We appreciate your interest in the Mental Health program at CCBC Essex and want to make certain that you are successful.

The Mental Health program is a selective admissions program. Although the Community College of Baltimore County has an open door policy for general admission, enrollment in the School of Health Professions programs is competitive.

CCBC CAS Checklist for Mental Health

Step 1 - Prepare to Apply

Review the Admission Packet for this program.

Collect pertinent materials like unofficial transcripts for all US college‐level coursework and testing completed. Use these to help you complete the application.

CLEP, AP and non‐US college transcript evaluations (AACRAO, WES etc.) should be sent directly to CCBC’s School of Health Professions (SHP) Admission Office.

Ask professors, mentors or employers to be your reference. Collect their email address for submission in the CCBC CAS.

Write a personal statement.

Step 2 - Complete CCBC CAS Application

If you have never before applied through the CAS system, then create an account in CCBC CAS through the applicant portal and follow the directions to complete the applications.

If you applied using the CAS System before, then login and verify that all areas are correct. If you have taken additional courses, you must add them and send an official transcript showing the completed or in‐progress courses.

Once all sections of the application have a green check mark, you will be able to pay the $50 non‐refundable application fee. It is better to submit the application at least a month before the application deadline.

  • August 1st for Fall start
  • January 1st for Spring start

Step 3 - Official Transcripts

Submit your official U.S. college transcripts to CCBC CAS using the Transcript Request Form. The Transcript Request Form is found in the Academic History section after you have added and saved all of the colleges you attended. Have your college send the official transcripts (this includes any CCBC transcripts) and the form to CCBC CAS at:

CCBC CAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9134
Watertown, MA 02471

CLEP, AP, and non‐U.S. college transcript evaluations should not be sent to the CCBC CAS. Instead, send them to CCBC’s School of Health Professions (SHP) Admission Office. It can take 4 weeks for any transcript to be received and verified. Check your CCBC CAS account frequently and follow up with the processing center as necessary. It is better to send transcripts sooner rather than later.

Step 4 - Evaluations

Two letters of professional recommendation are required to complete your application. Up to 3 can be submitted by the admission deadline.

Step 5 - Personal Statement

Complete the essay found in the CCBC CAS application.

A 1‐2 page typed essay discussing, “Why I want to be a mental health/human services worker”. Be sure to include any relevant educational, occupational, or other life experience, which you feel would be helpful to your functioning as a mental health/human services worker. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation will be considered in the evaluation of the applicant’s admission materials.

Step 6 - Supplemental Information

After you submit your CAS application, CCBC will send an email update. You may be requested to complete a supplemental application.
  • You will only receive this email if it applies to you.
  • There is no additional fee associated with the supplemental information application.

Step 7 - Communication

Expect communication regarding your application status via email. You may also log into your CCBC CAS account to see notifications.

Step 8 - Interview

CCBC will contact eligible applicants via email to schedule a required interview. Interviews are by invitation only and are typically held within 60 days of the semester start. Admissions decisions are sent to students approximately 2 weeks after that.