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Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation counselors focus on the whole person, including family, work and social relationships as well as physical and psychological aspects. Approximately 20 percent of the people in the United Sates have acquired one or more disabilities due to disease, injury or congenital causes. Despite legislation, such as the 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 to use their own resources and opportunities to meet their developmental, vocational, and educational needs. This is achieved through the provision of individualized services such as counseling, advocacy, assessment, medical and psychological services, independent living skill development, and career and job training.

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).

Mission, Goal and Objectives

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.
  • Learning opportunities to support the ability to implement culturally responsive and ethically sound rehabilitation counseling practices throughout their careers, and to advocate for individuals with disabilities and the profession.
  • Clinical training experiences focused on translating acquired knowledge, attitudes and skills to evidence-based practice in a wide range of real-world environments.

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).

Program Information

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. 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 (97% for those who take the exam while in the program). 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, state vocational rehabilitation systems, 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. 78% of students who complete the program do so in 3 years or less. 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.

Learning Environment

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. There are no on-site (TTUHSC) requirements for this program.

A rewarding aspect of the program is 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 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 life for people with disabilities.

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 health.professions@ttuhsc.edu. 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 -

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.
  • Learning opportunities to support the ability to implement culturally responsive and ethically sound rehabilitation counseling practices throughout their careers, and to advocate for individuals with disabilities and the profession.
  • Clinical training experiences focused on translating acquired knowledge, attitudes and skills to evidence-based practice in a wide range of real-world environments.

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:

  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 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 97% 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, health.professions@ttuhsc.edu) for additional information.

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