Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate: Cert
USU offers a post-graduate advanced certificate for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Category R, which is sometimes required by employers for those wishing to work as rehabilitation counselors. The certificate, which can be completed in one year, prepares students to sit for the CRC exam for national certification, which USU students pass at a 99% rate on the first attempt. This certificate and subsequent CRC certification allows professionals who have advanced degrees in areas other than rehabilitation counseling to become certified and move into a career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Students pursing this certificate must already have a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree in a designated area (see "What It Takes" tab). Students complete seven courses for a total of 18 credits, all of which are completed online through USU's Regional Campuses and Distance Education program.
- Cert - Logan, Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Heber City, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Kaysville, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Orem, Panguitch, Park City, Price, Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover
This certificate and subsequent CRC certification can allow professionals who have advanced degrees in areas other than rehabilitation counseling to become certified as vocational rehabilitation counselors. They are employed in a variety of settings, including:
- Public sector
- Community rehabilitation
- University disability resource centers
- Veteran’s Administration
- Independent living centers
- Mental health centers
- Addiction centers
- Insurance agencies
- Workers’ compensation
- Private practice
- Litigation and forensic settings
- Workforce services and other human resource centers
Students who are interested in obtaining the certificate do not apply through the university's admissions office. Instead, students should contact the Special Education and Rehabilitation Department, which will review their qualifications and admit students to the program.
To be eligible for the certificate program, applicants must have a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree in one of the following areas:
- Behavioral health
- Behavioral science
- Disability studies
- Human relations
- Human services
- Marriage and family therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Social work
- Special education
- Vocational assessment/evaluation
Students must also have at least 36 months of acceptable employment experience, including a minimum of 24 months under the supervision of a certified rehabilitation counselor.
Applications for the program are accepted year-round.
The cost for the entire program is $6,768 or $376 per credit hour. No financial assistance is available at this time.
Michael Millington, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Research Assistant Professor
Area: Rehabilitation, administration and services, vocational evaluation, disability and employment, dissemination
Office: HSRC 025
Phone: (435) 797-3488
Jared Schultz, PhD, University of Northern Colorado
Area: Counseling techniques and supervision in rehabilitation, rehabilitation research priorities, philosophy applied to disability
Office: EDUC 303
Phone: (435) 797-3478
Julie Smart, PhD, University of Northern Colorado
Professor, Director of Graduate Program
Area: Distance learning, multicultural rehabilitation, rehabilitation of Hispanic Americans, Spanish language translation of rehabilitation instruments, rehabilitation counselor education, women with disabilities
Office: EDUC 322
Phone: (435) 797-3269
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Utah Rehabilitation Association: The URA is a recognized chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association. It is a private, nonprofit organization with the goal of providing quality rehabilitation for persons with disabilities. USU has a student chapter of the URA.