Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling


Program Overview

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares you to assist people with disabilities to realize personal goals and maximize their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and vocational potential. Rehabilitation counselors work with youth and adults in a variety of community-based settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, colleges, chemical dependency agencies and career/vocational counseling programs. While in the program, you 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. A minimum of 700 field hours of fieldwork are completed over three semesters through the Practicum and Internship courses.




Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

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

Counseling Programs Information Session Slide Presentation

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.

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