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Rehabilitation Counseling Program Masters Degree

Program Outcomes — August 2016

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program, which awards the Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The program received a full 8 year accreditation (2012-2020) with no conditions.

(1) Student enrollment and retention rates

The program has rolling admissions and admits students in Fall and Spring semesters. During the most recent three year period (AY 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016), the program admitted 55 students.

During the same three-year time frame, a total of 36 students graduated from the program and 7 others elected to drop out of the program. At this time, the program has a total of 44 enrolled students.

(2) Time for program completion

Courses are offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer semester. An annual schedule of rehabilitation courses is available to students for planning coursework. Full-time students can complete the program in two calendar years (6 semesters) if they include summer semesters. Part-time students generally complete the MRC program in 2 ½ to 4 years.

(3) Estimate cost of program attendance (tuition and fees)

For in-state students who elect to complete the 48-credit hour MRC degree on a full-time basis (3 courses per major semester and 2 courses in summer), the estimated cost for tuition and fees is $31,059. According to the most recent (2012) report from the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance (OIAC) the estimated cost for books and supplies is $978.

For in-state students who attend part-time and take 2 courses per semester, including summer session, the estimated cost of tuition and fees is $35,979. Tuition estimates are based on 2015-2016 rates and reflect a 4% tuition increase per academic year. Actual tuition and fees will vary. The estimated cost for books and supplies is $978.

(4) Available scholarships

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program has a long history of Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) awards through the US Department of Education. The program currently has two long-term training grants from RSA. Both are five year grants that will end in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

  • The two newest grants have so far provided 30 scholarships.
  • We anticipate that up to 10 additional scholarships will be awarded in 2016-2017.

(5) Employment rate

Of the 36 students who graduated during the most recent three year period (AY 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016), 33 (92%) are employed in master’s level positions in which they work with persons with disabilities or disadvantagement (e.g., criminal justice history, youth-at-risk) and in related positions in the Veterans Administration. Three (8%) are working in an unrelated field or seeking employment. Of those who graduated more than 6 months ago, 87% (27 of 31) were employed at the time of graduation or within 6 months of graduation.

(6) Practicum, internship, and employment settings

Every graduate completed a minimum of 150 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship for a total of 750 hours of field experience. Each practicum and internship student spent a minimum of 40% of his or her time in direct service activity, and more than half exceeded the minimum requirement The majority of students complete practicum and internship in the same location. On occasion, students elect to complete the field experiences at different sites. In the most recent 3 academic years, 100% of graduates passed their clinical coursework. Students completed practicum/internships in the following settings:

  • State/Federal vocational rehabilitation services
  • Community mental health settings
  • Drug and alcohol treatment/rehabilitation settings
  • University-based Student Disability Service programs
  • Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
  • Equine Assisted Therapy program
  • Eating disorders residential program
  • Shelters (homeless, domestic violence)
  • Developmental disabilities services
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Other counseling settings

There were a total of 42 placements between the fall semester of 2013 and the summer of 2016. Students who completed practicum and internship at the same site were counted only once.

Employment settings of recent graduates closely reflect settings in which practicum/internship experiences were completed. Employment settings of the 36 graduates who graduated during the most recent three year period include state/federal vocational rehabilitation services, community mental health settings, drug and alcohol treatment/rehabilitation settings, university-based programs for students with disabilities, Goodwill Industries, school-based settings, and other counseling settings. One graduate is in a health-related, non-rehabilitation setting.

(7) Eligibility for licensure

Students successfully completing the degree requirements are eligible to take the national certification exam for rehabilitation counselors and earn the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.) designation. With additional coursework, available through the program, students are also eligible to take the licensure examination that is a prerequisite to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) in the state of South Carolina.

(8) Passing rates on comprehensive examination and CRC exam

Comprehensive examination

Graduation from the MRC program requires that students pass a comprehensive examination. In the last 3 academic years, 50% (18/36) of graduates passed the exam on the first attempt. Of those who needed to retake one or more sections of the exam, 67% (12/18) passed the exam on the second attempt. The remaining 6 students passed the exam on the third try at the oral examination. The exam emphasizes application of knowledge and is designed to solidify student competencies. While challenging, the entire process is developmental and educational in nature.

CRC examination

The 2013-2015 (21 month period) CRCC examination results indicated that 5 program graduates and 7 students sat for the exam. The pass rate among graduates was 100% (5 of 5) and among students was 85.7% (6 of 7), both of which are higher than the national rates. The national average pass rate of all candidates (students and graduates combined) was 73.9%. Also, in the most recent reporting period, student scores exceeded the national average on 4 of 8 counseling content areas and 6 of 7 rehabilitation/disability content sections. The areas that scored lower were just slightly lower than average.

MRC program records indicate that of all 36 graduates in the last 3 years, 14 have earned the CRC designation. Approximately 10 additional graduates have indicated they plan to take the exam at some time in the future.