The field of Rehabilitation Counseling began in the early 20th Century with legislation designed to help people return to gainful lives. The history of modern rehabilitation focuses on assisting persons with both physical and mental disabilities. The discipline of rehabilitation covers vocational, psychological, social, and medical aspects of individual functioning.
The discipline is currently taught at over 100 institutions in 37 states and practiced all over the United States and in many other nations throughout the world. Rehabilitation Counselors are trained at the master's level and while several undergraduate rehabilitation services programs also exist, entering the discipline requires graduate level education and earning a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. See a detailed list of colleges by state that provide rehabilitation programs.
Master's level programs range from about 40 - 60 credit hours. Our Rehabilitation Counseling Program consists of 53 semester hours of course work, practicum, and internship and is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Students consistently find placement in a variety of settings. It is not uncommon for graduates to enjoy several job offers from which to choose. Upon completion of course work, a student is eligible to sit for a comprehensive examination that provides a nationally recognized and respected masters' level certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).