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Curriculum/Coursework

Students complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of required coursework that follows the course requirements outlined by the Council on Rehabilitation Counselor Education (CORE). Key content areas of study include professional orientation, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, rehabilitation assessment, occupational and career assessment, job placement, and individual and group counseling. As part of the 48-credit hours, students complete a 150 hour practicum and a 600 hour internship in approved community agencies. Students are also required to receive a passing grade on the comprehensive examination in the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Students may individualize their professional preparation by electing to participate in a wide range of rehabilitation counseling activities that occur in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Assessment Center or working with faculty members on rehabilitation research projects.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national exam that leads to the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. With additional coursework offered by the program, students are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) that leads to counselor licensure.

The 48 credit-hour curriculum includes thirteen (13) required courses (including practicum and internship) and two (2) electives. The electives allow students to choose from cognate areas such as mental health, alcohol and drug studies, head and spinal injury, gerontology, and developmental disabilities.

Required Courses (42 credit hours)
RHAB 700 Intro to Rehabilitation Counseling
RHAB 701 Rehabilitation Counseling Practice
RHAB 702 Intro to Rehabilitation Research
RHAB 703 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
RHAB 710 Medical Aspects of Disability
RHAB 711 Rehabilitation Counseling Practice II
RHAB 712 Occupational Analysis & Job Placement in Rehab.
RHAB 713 Career Development and Counseling Rehabilitation
RHAB 714 Rehabilitation Assessment
RHAB 720 Group Counseling in Rehabilitation Settings
RHAB 730 Case Management and Community Resources
RHAB 880 Counseling Practicum
RHAB 883 Counseling Internship (6 credits)

Electives (6 semester hours)
A partial listing of electives includes:
RHAB 704 Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling
RHAB 705 Culture and Disability*
RHAB 750 Assistive Technology
RHAB 752 Disability and Sexuality
RHAB 753 Counseling of Severely Disabled Persons
NPSY 761 Addictions Rehabilitation
NPSY 757 Psychopathology for Counselors*
NPSY 758 Classification & Assessment of Mental Disorders*

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are recommended for students interested in professional counselor licensure. Students should be aware the licensing requirements vary by state and are subject to change. Please check with the licensing board.

NOTE ABOUT CURRICULUM: Courses in the MRC program are open as electives to students from other university programs and non-degree students interested in rehabilitation topics and to students who are preparing for professional licensure and/or certification.

Internship

The last semester of training consists of a full-time internship. On occasion, internship occurs on a half-time basis over two semesters. Internships can be served in a variety of state agencies, community programs, and private organizations. In some instances, out-of-state internships can be arranged. These activities are intended to facilitate the development and enhancement of the spectrum of counseling activities within the context of real practice settings, assuring adequate competency to fulfill appropriate professional roles upon graduation.