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  • School of Health Professions Department of Rehabilitation

About the Profession

  • The Department of Rehabilitation offers both an undergraduate degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Rehabilitation Services and a graduate degree program leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Rehabilitation Counseling. Each has a distinct career path.

    Rehabilitation Services, B.S.

    "Rehabilitation" is a term used in many fields, for us it has primarily referred to the vocational rehabilitation of individuals who have disabilities and have needed assistance as they pursue their vocational goals. While our historical and legislative roots are firmly embedded in vocational rehabilitation, the field has greatly expanded. Graduates may go on to provide a variety of services to people with disabilities.

    Employment in a wide-range of rehabilitation related and human services areas is possible, including:

     Public Rehabilitation Services         Senior Citizens' Centers

     Rehabilitation Centers                   Community Mental Health Facilities

     Sheltered Workshops                    Developmental Disability Centers

    Chemical Dependency Programs     Corrections Systems, and Hospitals.

    Students interested in pursuing careers in the human service orientation of rehabilitation, e.g. as a Case Manager/Counselor should follow the Rehabilitation Services course sequence.

                                                                                                                                          Rehabilitation Psychology, B.S

    Students interest in employment opportunities in the following areas, should consider taking the Rehabilitation Psychology track:

     Private-for-Profit/Insurance Rehabilitation Programs for the Industrially Injured

     Rapidly developing employee assistance programs within Business/Industry

     Case Managers, and Disability Student Services in Colleges and Universities.

        Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.

    The Rehabilitation Counseling profession provides a broad range of services to a diverse population with a focus on vocational and independent living services to individuals with disabilities and their families.  Disability is defined in the Americans with Disability Act as any physical or mental impairment presenting a barrier to one or more major life functions. These may include physical, cognitive, psychosocial, developmental, sensory, or systemic disabilities. Rehabilitation counseling can be described as the process of collaboration with individuals and their families to understand the effective use of resources for career, personal, social, and community adjustment following disability.  Rehabilitation counseling includes assessment, affective counseling, vocational counseling, case management and job placement.




    Potential work settings include the state-federal system of vocational rehabilitation, independent living centers, community-based rehabilitation facilities and agencies, hospitals, corrections, substance abuse treatment programs and insurance companies. A wide range of undergraduate degrees may provide appropriate preparation for graduate study in Rehabilitation Counseling. Prerequisite under-graduate coursework should include psychology, sociology, algebra, anatomy and physiology, and statistics.

    Contact Dr. Leslie Santos. She can be reached at (410) 651-6004.