University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Updated: July 27, 2017

Important Information about Certification and Licensure

Accreditation Information: On July 1, 2017, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) assumed responsibility for carrying out the mission and vision of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). All graduate programs that were formerly accredited by CORE are now accredited by CACREP. The USC Rehabilitation Counseling Program was most recently accredited by CORE in 2012 and received a full 8-year accreditation (2012-2020). We are now accredited as a rehabilitation counseling program by CACREP through 2020. (More information about CACREP is available at:

Certification: Because our program is CORE/CACREP accredited, all students who have successfully completed 75% of their coursework and all graduates of the rehabilitation counseling program are eligible to take the exam administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) that leads to the nationally recognized Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. This credential is available to all students and program graduates, including those students who do not live in the state of South Carolina.

Licensure: Each state has its own licensing board with its own counselor licensure requirements. The state of South Carolina requires, in part, that applicants for counselor licensure complete coursework in 10 specific content areas. Students interested in counselor licensure must take 6 credits of additional coursework to become eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) that leads to counselor licensure in SC. Our program offers the coursework that is required. We cannot confirm that the program meets the requirements for professional licensure in another state. For students not living in South Carolina, the contact information for licensure in specific states may be found at Additional information may be found at the Academic Programs Professional Licensure website: If a current student is considering relocating to another state after being admitted into the program, the student must contact the program director to discuss how the move may impact their ability to participate in academic courses (distributed learning) and clinical practicum (experiential learning) opportunities in a different state.