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Rehabilitation Counseling

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- School of Health Professions has offered the degree of Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) since 2000. It is conducted through the Department of Clinic Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling, and has been accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) since 2003 (fully accredited in 2006). Our mission is to provide students the highest quality of instruction to prepare for a career in the exciting field of Rehabilitation Counseling. Our goal is to help students acquire the skills and credentials necessary to work effectively as qualified rehabilitation counselors.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. 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.

A member of the Texas Tech University System, TTUHSC has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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.

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 rate of 40%.  Since the inception of the program over 87% of students who enter the program finish with their degree or certification requirements.  In addition, the first time pass rate of students of the program who take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) national exam greatly exceeds the national average (100% for those who take the exam while in the program, over 85% for those who take it after graduation).  All graduates of the MRC program are eligible for licensure in the state of Texas.

Opportunities 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.  98% of graduates from the MRC program are employed in the field (or closely related field) in the first 6 months after graduation.  The vast majority of our students enter the private sector (both for profit and non-profit), educational settings, mental health settings, Veteran's Affairs, and hospital settings.

On average, students entering the program take approximately 7 semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer) or just over 2 years to graduate.  The average cost for completion of the program are $10,800 for in-state students, and $14,400 for out of state students.  While the MRC program does not have any scholarships specifically for the students, the University's Financial Aid Office will assist students with locating outside loans and scholarships.

Using the latest in distance education approaches, especially Internet and web-based technologies, the MRC program is available to individuals throughout Texas, the United States, and the world. This program is designed for people who are currently working full time or cannot undertake graduate studies in a traditional on-site, classroom-based setting. Students are NOT required to attend classes or even to step foot on the TTUHSC campus.

A surprising and rewarding aspect of the program has been the students' tendency to form close-knit alliances and friendships with each other in spite of their geographical distances. This is partially because of our emphasis on effective communication and creative sharing of ideas among the students and instructors, and partially because of the passion for this field that seems to form naturally in individuals who realize the power they will have, as rehabilitation counselors, to enhance the quality of so many people's lives.

Approximately 20 percent of the people in the United States have acquired one or more disabilities due to disease, injury or congenital causes. Despite groundbreaking legislation such as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the unemployment rate among working-age people with disabilities is around 70 percent. Rehabilitation counselors work one-on-one to assist people with physical, emotional or learning disabilities who are pursuing meaningful careers to obtain gainful employment and realize their potential as independent, self-sufficient citizens. This is achieved through the provision of individualized services such as counseling, medical and psychological services, local job searches, and job training. Rehabilitation counselors focus on the whole person, including family, work and social relationships as well as physical and psychological aspects.

The information on the following web pages outlines in detail the entrance requirements, curriculum, and graduation requirements for the program. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions & Student Affairs at To contact the Rehabilitation Counseling program directly, call (806) 743-2590.

Council on Rehabilitation Education, Standard A.5

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

1)  Student retention rates are not available per se. Student enrollment and graduation numbers for the past three academic years are:

  Sp 2012 Sum 2012 Fa 2012 Sp 2013 Sum 2013 Fa 2013 Sp 2014 Sum 2014 Fa 2014
New Enrollee 11 N/A 29 21 N/A 38 25 N/A 36
Graduates 13 6 10 12 3 12 7 4 11

2)  The average time taken by MRC students to complete all degree requirements is approximately 3.8 years.

3)  The estimated cost of tuition and fees of attendance is $10,500.

4)  The MRC program does not currently have any program specific scholarship funds available, however students may contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance in obtaining outside loans and scholarships. MRC students are also eligible for certain School of Health Professions scholarships.

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

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

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

8)  Students of the MRC program that have taken the CRCC examination while enrolled in the program have achieved a 100% pass rate.


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.

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