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Rehabilitation Counseling

Master of Rehabilitation Counseling
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School
Application Deadline: April 1st (Fall Admission Only)

Description

The Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) Program is designed to meet the growing demand for professionally trained rehabilitation counselors. Students complete coursework in the areas of (a) foundations of the rehabilitation process that includes an understanding of the philosophy, theory, sociological, environmental, and legal/ ethical aspects of persons with disabilities, (b) medical, vocational, and psychosocial aspects disabling conditions, (c) theories and techniques in individual and group counseling, and (d) care/disability management and career and lifestyle choices of persons with disabilities. In addition to the required coursework, students must also complete a 100-clock-hour practicum and 600-clock-hours of internship experience in a private or public rehabilitation/ health care facility or mental health setting. Candidates for the M.R.C. degree must also pass a written comprehensive examination which is typically taken during the last semester of the student's program.

Click here to view the M.R.C. Student Handbook.

Note:  Applicants must apply online to the ASU Graduate School AND submit an MRC application (other required documents are found below under "Admission Process".


  • Prerequisites

     

  • Admission Process

    Students seeking admission into the M.R.C. degree program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School for unconditional or conditional status and the specific program requirements. Applications to the M.R.C. program are accepted for any enrollment period. Applicants for the M.R.C. degree are expected to complete the program within five years beginning at the point of admission to the program. A completed application packet is due at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the student's first term of enrollment. In addition to the Graduate School application, applicants must complete the M.R.C. application. Applicants must:

    • Complete an online application to the ASU Graduate School
    • Have three letters of recommendation from professionals in the fields of psychology, rehabilitation, or a related discipline sent directly to the Graduate School that will support the student's request for admission and address the student's academic skills, personal attributes, strengths, and/or limitations.
    • Submit a completed M.R.C application and a letter that requests acceptance into the M.R.C. Program. Students should state their academic goals and interests.
    • Submit verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Appear for an interview with the M.R.C. Admissions Committee prior to acceptance into the program.

    Unconditional Admission

    Applicants who are admitted will be placed in the unconditional admission status if they meet one of the following:

    • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (or 3.00 on the last 60 hours), and a cumulative score of at least 850 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or
    • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (or 3.25 on the last 60 hours), and a cumulative score of at least 800 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or
    • Unconditional admission to the Graduate School, a minimum score of 800 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, and a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 on 12 or more semester hours with no more than one course with a grade of "C" and no grade less than a "C".

    Conditional Admission

    Applicants who are admitted will be placed in the conditional admission status if they meet one of the following:

    • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (or 2.75 on the last 60 hours), and a cumulative score of at least 790 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or
    • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, or
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on at least 6 hours of previous graduate work with no more than one grade of "C" or below.
  • Careers

    Students who complete the M.R.C. degree will be skilled and competent professionals who will be trained to provide rehabilitation counseling services to a diversity of persons with congenital and/or acquired mental/emotional, psychiatric, cognitive/neurological, physical, and psychosocial disabilities.

  • Accreditations

    Council on Rehabilitation Counseling (CORE)

    The goal of CORE accreditation is to ensure that education provided by programs and institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. CORE has developed evaluation criteria and conduct evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. 

  • Program Results & Assessment (Standard A.5)

    The MRC program typically has between 20 and 30 students enrolled and we graduate approximately 10 students per academic year. Our graduates are eligible for national Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and with 12 credit hours of additional coursework they are eligible for Licensure as Counselors (LAC) in the state of Arkansas. Since between 2009 and 2014, 30% of our students have become licensed counselors. Beginning summer 2014, the MRC program will move from a 48 credit hour program to a 60 credit hour program. This will allow all graduates to be eligible for licensure with no additional coursework.

    In 2013, we had 6 graduates. Of these 50% are working in community counseling agencies, one has been accepted into a Doctoral program to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation, one is taking some time off to spend with family, and one is currently looking for work.

    Typically, our graduates find employment in non-profit community-based rehabilitation programs,
    mental health centers, university support services for students with disabilities, and other specialized rehabilitation centers.