Counseling Center Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the Counseling Center's most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions


Yes. TMCC Counselors can provide general consultation via phone appointments or through the Counseling Center Contact page.

No. The Counseling Center focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of TMCC students. If you need help with your transcript, picking classes, determining what to take, your degree progression or anything related to the progression through your degree please contact Academic Advising.

Yes, there are a variety of assessments offered (both free and for a fee), including:

  • O*NET Interest Profiler through Nevada Career Information System (NCIS). This free assessment matches your personal interests to a variety of occupations. You may complete this at home, in the Counseling Center or in the Career Center. NCIS provides a variety of other assessments that you may find interesting and helpful, including:
    • Reality Check
    • Work Importance Locator
    • Occupation Sort
    • Skills
    • Career Cluster Match
  • MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). $25. The MBTI can help you identify your personality preferences so that you may better understand yourself. This personality instrument helps indicate your preferred manner of taking in and evaluating information, and it will identify your preferred style of working, decision-making and communicating. If you are interested in taking the MBTI, please contact the Counseling Center to schedule a required pre-assessment appointment.
  • SII (Strong Interest Inventory). $25. The SII is a comprehensive career assessment that matches your interests with various occupational, educational, and leisure pursuits. If you are interested in taking the SII, please contact the Counseling Center to schedule a required pre-assessment appointment.

The TMCC Counseling Center does not offer drop-in sessions (except in the event of a crisis or emergency); an appointment must be made.

Choosing a major can be one of the more daunting tasks of college. It is important to remember that choosing a major is not the same as choosing a career, and you are not deciding "the rest of your life." Choosing a major is one of many decisions that may lead to a satisfying career. Many students are undecided about their majors when they enter college, and many who are decided change their minds more than once before they graduate (an average of three times).

  • Complete the career assessments offered by the Counseling Center to begin identifying your interests, skills, personality, and values.
  • Research and read about careers in which you think you may be interested.
  • Take an EPY 101 course (3 credits). The course addresses education, career, and personal development.
  • Interview or job shadow a professional in the field you are considering. Consider finding an internship to get experience in a particular field.
  • Meet with a counselor or an academic advisor to review the degree programs available at TMCC

All schools participating in federal and state financial aid programs must have a Financial Aid Academic Progress (FAAP) policy. The policy must be applied to all applicants and recipients of financial aid as a determination of financial aid eligibility. This policy assesses academic progress for classes taken at TMCC and incorporates all transfer credits when evaluating the time frame component.

Counseling provides the Academic Success Kit (ASK) workshop for probation intervention.

Three measures of the policy:

  1. Qualitative Component (GPA): 2.0 or lower
  2. Quantitative Component (Completion Ratio): 67% of classes finished
  3. Time Frame Component (Maximum Number): 90 credits Associates and of Credit Hours Attempted; 45 credits Certificate

See Also: Financial Aid Academic Progress Policy

Counselors assist with:

  • Personal counseling
  • Emergency/crisis counseling
  • Career exploration
  • Career assessments and interpretation
  • Instruction in college success through the EPY 101 course
  • Academic probation/disqualification
  • Diversity support
  • Resources and referrals
  • Basic educational overview

Advisors assist with:

  • New students
  • Class selection
  • Transfer procedures (into and out of TMCC)
  • Unofficial transcript evaluation
  • Graduation requirements
  • Educational planning
  • Selecting a major
  • Credit overload
  • Course substitutions and permissions
  • Registration holds and test scores

Personal/crisis counseling, career counseling, support success programs, diversity support, and resources/referrals. We also teach the EPY 101 course for college/life skills. 

Personal counseling services are only available to enrolled students. Career exploration services are available to current and prospective students.