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 areas of vocational, psychological, social, and medical.
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 several undergraduate rehabilitation services programs also exist, but 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 (CRC).
RHAB is Nationally Accredited by CORE
The Rehabilitation Counseling program at Kent State University is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2019 www.core-rehab.org. The Master's degree program has a goal of admitting 10-15 students in each graduate cohort. The program admits each year in the fall, spring, and summer. Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation. In terms of retention, 40 of the 43 students who were enrolled in our program during the Calendar Year 2011 have graduated from the program for a retention/graduation rate of 93%.
Full-time students complete the program in 20-24 months on average. Kent State University's full-time in-state tuition rate for academic year 2014-2015 (two semesters) is $11,400. By virtue of completing the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination. Our graduates are not eligible for licensure as Professional Clinical Counselors in the state of Ohio.
Currently, the graduate program has a total of 37 students. The program has two full-time tenure track faculty and five part-time adjunct faculty who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. The instructor to student ratio is 1:5. The average instructor rating for rehabilitation counseling courses for the 2013-2014 academic year is 4.71, on a scale whereby 1 equals very poor and 5 equals excellent. The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.76.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, a total of 11 students graduated from the program. One-hundred percent of our students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2013-2014 academic year, 90% of our graduates passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam www.crccertification.com and 100% of the graduates are employed or pursuing advanced academic degrees. Our graduates work in a variety of rehabilitation settings including the state Vocational Rehabilitation program, private for-profit firms, community non-profit agencies, independent living centers, mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, corrections, hospitals, and colleges and universities.
Forty-one percent of our students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities. The program has one RSA training grant and numerous other funded projects that have generated over $3.5 million during the 2013-2014 academic year.