Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
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 & Fieldwork: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. A minimum of 700 field hours of fieldwork are completed over three semesters through the Practicum and Internship courses.
Certification/Licensure: 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.
- A supplemental 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
Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.
To start your application, click here.
When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Other Programs and Rehabilitation Counseling.
Fall Start: March 15 (Priority Deadline), May 1 (Extended Deadline)
Spring Start: October 15
Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.
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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.