Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling


Program Overview

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares students to assist people with disabilities to realize personal goals and maximize their physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and vocational potential. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Clinical rehabilitation counselors work with adults, as well as some younger individuals, in a variety of settings on disability adjustment and vocational issues. These can include more traditional settings, such as state vocational rehabilitation agencies (i.e., ACCES-VR and the New York State Commission for the Blind). It also includes a wide variety of other settings serving people with disabilities: educational and vocational programs, chemical dependency/addiction programs, social security disability hearings and forensic vocational expert work, hospital-based vocational rehabilitation programs, college disability support programs/centers, etc. While in the program, students may take the national certification examination for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) status after completing 75% of their coursework.

Coursework and Clinical Experiences

Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Students are required to complete one semester of practicum (100 hours) and two semesters of internship (600 hours). Students need to be supervised by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) with a minimum of 2 years pertinent professional experience.




Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 2.7
  • 15-25 credits of approved courses from the following fields: anthropology, economics, education, guidance, health sciences, political science, psychology, sociology, and related areas
  • Evidence of written expression consonant with graduate-level study
    • A statement of purpose (400-600 words) that addresses the following prompt: Please describe a meaningful event that has shaped your interest in becoming a counselor and explain why it was important.
    • An additional essay (400-600 words) that addresses the following prompt:  Consider you are a counseling student providing services at a counseling internship placement site, what type of client or client issue would be difficult for you and why? How do you think you would cope with this situation?
  • Two letters of recommendation from appropriate professional or academic references to aid in determining the potential for work as a professional counselor
  • A resume. Relevant work and/or volunteer experience is highly recommended

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To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, visit the Hunter College Online Application.

When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Other Programs and Rehabilitation Counseling.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • April 15 (Extended Deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Program Leader

Jen Yung-Chen Chiu

Counseling Programs Administrative Advisor

Valerie Lyons

Related Programs

Candidates who complete a Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling may pursue a one-year Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling to become eligible for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential in New York State.Virtual Hunter School of Education Tour

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