The MRC Program has an average of 100 students enrolled and taking classes at any given time. The program actively recruits students from diverse populations and has a minority student rate of 40%. Since the inception of the program over 87% of students who enter the program finish with their degree or certification requirements.

2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges Master's Counseling Sr. Education GroupOpportunities for employment and professional growth in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling are numerous and growing steadily. The demand for qualified rehabilitation counselors (CRC) is especially high. The vast majority of our students enter the private sector (both for profit and non-profit), educational settings, mental health settings, state vocational rehabilitation systems, Veteran's Affairs, and hospital settings.

Using the latest in distance education approaches, the MRC program is available to individuals throughout Texas, the United States, and the world. This program is particularly designed for students who are currently working full time or cannot undertake graduate studies in a traditional on-site, brick and mortar setting. Students are NOT required to attend a physical classroom.

Council on Rehabilitation Education, Standard A.5

In an effort to meet this CORE standard, TTUHSC, the MRC program provides the following data -

MRC Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center forwards the mission of the University by providing a practitioner training program focused on the unique needs of diverse communities, especially in rural settings. We are committed to preparing entry-level rehabilitation counselors to work competently and ethically through the mastery of evidence-based rehabilitation practices. Our focus centers on understanding the unique needs of individuals with disabilities across their lifespans in the community, workplace, personal relationships and activities.

The goal of the program is to prepare counselors with the counseling and rehabilitation knowledge, attitudes, and skills to assist clients with mental, physical and/or emotional disabilities in using their own resources and opportunities to meet their developmental, vocational, and educational needs. To accomplish this goal, the program provides educational and practical experiences that allow students to meet the following knowledge and outcome expectations:

The objectives of our program are linked to our mission statement. They are to provide:

  • Educational experiences that facilitate the development of knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to practice as qualified rehabilitation counselors with a diverse population in a wide variety of contexts.

Program Statistics

  1. The retention rate of the MRC Program for the last 3 years is 86%. Student enrollment and graduation numbers for the past three academic years are:

    Student Enrollment and Graduation
      Sp 2013 Sum 2013 Fa 2013 Sp 2014 Sum 2014 Fa 2014 Sp 2015 Sum 2015 Fa 2015
    New Enrollee 21 N/A 38 25 N/A 36 19 N/A 27
    Graduates 12 3 12 7 4 11 16 5 N/A
  2. The average time taken by MRC students to complete all degree requirements is approximately 3.8 years. In addition, 78% of the students who complete the program do so in 3 years or less.

  3. Graduates of the TTUHSC MRC program are eligible for licensure in the state of Texas.

  4. The employment rate for MRC within 6 months of graduation is over 95%.

  5. MRC graduates are employed in a variety of private, state and federal employment settings.

  6. Graduates of the TTUHSC MRC program are eligible to sit the certification examination administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

  7. Students of the MRC program that have taken the CRCC examination while enrolled in the program have achieved a 97% pass rate.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - School of Health Professions Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) program has been accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) since 2003 (fully accredited in 2006).

Program Accreditation Change

In order to prepare for accreditation changes, the MRC program is awaiting approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to move from a 48 hours to 60 hours requirement for graduation. Students applying for admission into the MRC program for Spring 2017 will be offered a choice of completing a 48 hour or 60 hour program. Once approval is received all incoming students in subsequent semester will be required to complete the 60 hour program. In addition, once approval is received, students who do not take courses during a long semester will be required to re-apply into the 60 hour program. This change to 60 hours will have direct benefits to the students. Students who graduate from the 60 hour program will be eligible for many more licensures and certifications. Graduates from the 60 hour program will still be eligible for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) to become certified as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in more states than were previously available. 

State Authorization

For TTUHSC School of Health Professions to offer online courses in a state other than Texas, TTUHSC must first comply with that state's requirements. These requirements differ from state to state, with requirements being more rigorous and expensive in some states than others. TTUHSC SHP is currently working to gain authorization to offer online courses in all states.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (806-743-3220, for additional information.

State Authorization website

University and Program Accreditation

A member of the Texas Tech University System, TTUHSC has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as a separate institution from Texas Tech University since 2004. TTUHSC received its reaffirmation of accreditation from SACSCOC in 2009. The next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2019. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement standard. The MRC Program has been accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation (CORE) since 2003 (fully accredited in 2006).

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