Why Rehabilitation Counseling

RHAB is Nationally Accredited by CACREP

The Rehabilitation Counseling program at Kent State University is fully accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2020. The Master’s degree program has a goal of admitting 10-15 students in each graduate cohort. The program admits each year in the fall, spring, and summer. Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation. In terms of retention, 19 of the 20 students who were enrolled in our program during the Calendar Year 2017 have graduated from the program for a retention/graduation rate of 95%.

Full-time students complete the program in 20-24 months on average. Kent State University's full-time in-state tuition rate for academic year 2016 - 2017 (two semesters) is $10,864. By virtue of completing the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination. Our graduates are not eligible for licensure as Professional Clinical Counselors in the state of Ohio.

Currently, the graduate program has a total of 24 students. The program has two full-time tenure track faculty and five part-time adjunct faculty who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. The instructor to student ratio is 1:5. The average instructor rating for rehabilitation counseling courses for the 2015 - 2016 academic year is 4.71, on a scale whereby 1 equals very poor and 5 equals excellent. The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.76.

For the 2015 - 2016 academic year, a total of 10 students graduated from the program. One-hundred percent of our students passed their clinical coursework. During the same 2015 - 2016 academic year, 90% of our graduates passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam and 100% of the graduates are employed or pursuing advanced academic degrees. Our graduates work in a variety of rehabilitation settings including the state Vocational Rehabilitation program, private for-profit firms, community non-profit agencies, independent living centers, mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, corrections, hospitals, and colleges and universities.

Thirty-six percent of our students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities. The program has numerous grant-funded projects that have generated over $1.8 million during the 2015 - 2016 academic year.


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