Bethany Lutheran College launches first graduate program

Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 at 7:25 PM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - A milestone for higher education in southern Minnesota was recently achieved when Bethany Lutheran College announced the launching of its first-ever graduate program.

“We just can’t help, but to see this ties into just what our mission is and how we want to deliver challenging programming in an academic setting,” said Jason Lowrey, vice president of academic affairs at Bethany Lutheran College.

The new graduate-level course of study is in clinical mental health counseling, a growing field of study over the last decade that is in demand and becoming increasingly popular.

Bethany recognized the opportunity three years ago and mental health is a critical need today.

“Through the pandemic, as students and people, in general, are just trying to figure out how to cope with all of these aspects,” Lowrey said.

Bethany is hopeful that this program will put them on the map and give the first 25 students admitted the tools to excel.

“Value and assets to the students that are at Bethany, knowing that ‘oh I’ve got this pathway to my future to get this advanced degree right here,’” said Benjamin Kohls, graduate program director at BLC.

It’s a two-year graduate degree with state or national certification at the end.

There will be some in-person studies for clinicals and residencies.

Many of the classes will be through online versions.

“Read a question for that week and then they can pull out their cell phone, they can pull up the class and record a video of themself responding to that prompt. Upload it and then the other students in that class are able to watch the video and then respond with their own video,” Kohls said.

There are plans in the works for future graduate programs at Bethany Lutheran College, with clinical mental health counseling paving the way.

Bethany will do a soft launch this summer and fully jump in in August.

They are accepting applications for this program now, if you’re a prospective student you can learn more about Bethany’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program by visiting the website.

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