M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

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The Master of Science program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program empowers individuals to make informed choices, to help individuals achieve positive mental health, and to maximize opportunities for economic independence. During the program students will develop advanced expertise, conduct research and assume leadership roles. 

Rehabilitation counselors assist people with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities to become self-sufficient, productive citizens. They draw on knowledge from several fields including counseling, psychology, medicine, psychiatry, sociology, social work, education, and law. Their specialized knowledge of disabilities and the impact of environmental factors that interact with disabilities differentiate rehabilitation counselors from other types of counselors.

The M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation through the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Candidate for Accreditation is an initial accreditation granted to programs that provide evidence that a program complies with those standards applicable at the program’s stage of development. The program will transition to fully accredited in October 2019. Learn more >>

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) grant is available for qualified students. Visit our RSA grant page for more information.  

PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is to prepare rehabilitation counselors to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. Upon graduation, students will have the basic foundational knowledge, skill and experiences necessary to enter the profession of rehabilitation counseling and practice as rehabilitation counselors.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Mercer University counseling graduates have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Passing rates for a comprehensive measure of student learning (CRC exam or a combination of assessments such as a comprehensive exam or portfolio) the program uses to assess student learning across all CORE knowledge domains covered in the standards. 

Student outcomes are evaluated every year using a variety of measures that are part of the overall program evaluation. These include passing rates on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination, Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) scores, and employment six months following graduation. During the 2013-2016 academic years, one student was eligible to take the CRC examination, and passed the exam on the first attempt. Furthermore, the passing rate for counseling students on the CPCE has been approximately 95%, and the passing rate for Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling students on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) was 85% for academic year 2015-2016. 

Upon graduation, students will have the basic foundational knowledge, skill and experiences necessary to enter the profession of clinical rehabilitation counseling and practice as rehabilitation counselors in a variety of settings such as: Veterans Administration, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, rehabilitation hospitals, insurance companies, correction centers, juvenile justice, mental health agencies and other human service agencies . The employment rate of graduates from the first cohort (graduating in May 2015) is 100%. 

Program Enrollment and Graduation Rates

 Academic School Year   Cohort Size  Attended  Graduated
 2015 – 2016

 10 students 

 8 students    Not yet available
 2014 – 2015  14 students   8 students   Not yet available
 2013 – 2014  20 students   8 students  9 students 

 

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Understand and follow the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Understand the laws that affect individuals with disabilities an d will be able to advocate for the rights of those individuals
  • Understand the concept of choice, self-advocacy and self-determinations, and promote these concepts throughout the rehabilitation process
  • Value the worth and dignity of all individuals and view individuals with disabilities as equal partners in the rehabilitation process
  • Demonstrate the ability to practice counseling techniques, job placement skills, and career strategies that will assist individuals with disabilities to develop the skills and competencies they need to function effectively in society
  • Know the technology and accommodations that are available to provide individuals with disabilities access to work, leisure, and school activities

Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors Seek to:

  • Build bridges between the world of people with disabilities and their families, communities, and work environments
  • Empower individuals to make informed choices
  • Help individuals achieve positive mental health
  • Maximize opportunities for economic independence

Rehabilitation Counselors are in Demand

Demand for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow with the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor & Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015). Mercer University’s Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to serve in this vital role.

ELIGIBILITY FOR LICENSURE

The coursework requirements are designed to meet the requirements for licensing in the State of Georgia. Upon completion of this degree, appropriate examinations, and submission of transcripts to the licensing board, the graduate can earn the credential of Associate Professional Counselor. A fully Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential requires three years postgraduate counseling experience and supervision, as well as successful completion of the licensing exam. If the candidate for licensure holds a CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) credential, the requirement for postgraduate counseling experience and supervision is reduced to two years.

Students with this degree are also eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam, which will lead to the distinction of earning the CRC credential.

PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL

The schedule is designed especially for working adult students with evening classes held on our Atlanta campus, once per week in a 16-week format in the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer classes are 8 weeks long. Supervised field experience bridges the gap between skills acquired in the classroom and the world of professional practice.
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Students may pursue the degree either part-time of full-time status, and completion time is typically Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination 28-36 months, though additional time or time away from full-time employment may be needed to satisfy field clinical work. 


COST OF ATTENDANCE 

All Mercer University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees. The following rate is for graduate tuition, resident students:

PROGRAM NAME PER CREDIT HR PER 3/HR  PER 6/HR PER 9/HR 
M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling $588 $1,764 $3,528 $5,292

 

Three-year program = $35,280