MFT program achieves accreditation through COAMFTE

Mount Mercy University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program has achieved accreditation, making it the only accredited master’s-level program of its kind in Iowa.

The accreditation comes through the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), a specialized accrediting body that certifies master’s, doctoral and post-graduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy education.

“Accreditation means students no longer have to receive a special review of course work in order to apply for licensure,” said Dr. Randy Lyle, associate professor and director of Mount Mercy’s MFT graduate program. “It means they can be eligible for employment by the VA and work with our veterans. It means that they can go anywhere and have their education recognized as meeting the highest standards, and it means that future clients can rest assured that their therapist was well trained and is competent.”

Mount Mercy faculty, students and administrators have worked to develop the program with accreditation standards in mind since Fall 2010, when the first class was admitted. Three years into the program, the Gerald & Audrey Olson Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic opened within Mount Mercy’s CRST International Graduate Center. The on-site clinic allows students to see couples, families and individuals under supervision of experienced and licensed therapists, which is a unique opportunity to the MFT program.

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy EducationOver 85 percent of Mount Mercy graduates have passed the national licensing examination, and the majority of graduates are employed in the field within six months of graduation. All core faculty members hold Ph.D.’s in the field, and specialized courses are taught by faculty registered or certified in the area.

To learn more about Mount Mercy’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, visit

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