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Rehabilitation Counseling: MRC

Department: Special Education and Rehabilitation Department
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

Rehabilitation Counseling

USU's Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). It is one of Utah State's highest ranked graduate programs, and according to U.S. News & World Report, its ranking is in the top 20 in its category. Rehabilitation counselors provide services to adults with a broad range of disabilities to help them obtain gainful employment and take control of their lives.

In addition to traditional on-campus courses, classes are offered through Internet-based distance education. Those who complete either the on-campus or distance program are eligible to take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination, which USU students pass at a 94% rate on the first attempt, and almost 100 percent of graduates find employment as rehabilitation counselors.

 


  • MRC -  Online

  • For online offering, please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state.

Regional Campuses and Online Learning:

The MRC degree is offered via distance education nationwide. Students participate in live classes at home through the internet. In addition to the online classes, students are required to travel to the Logan, UT campus during the summer semester to take three one-week courses.  

For online offering, please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state.


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors 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

Admissions Requirements

Students from any undergraduate background are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE or MAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Provide letter of intent

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following application deadlines:

  • Fall semester - June 15
  • Spring semester - October 15
  • Summer semester - March 15

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students receiving the MRC must complete this plan option:

  • The Plan C option, which consists of coursework and an internship only; there is no thesis requirement. There is, however, a clinical internship requirement.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of scholarships are available through a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration. These change from year to year depending on available funding, so contact the department to see what is currently available.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, tuition awards, and travel support each year. Additionally, students may be iligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.


Trenton Landon, PhD, Michigan State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Professional development of counselors, clinical supervision, ethics, rural rehabilitation, social inclusion of persons with disabilities
Office: EDUC 322
Phone: 435-797-3269
Email: trenton.landon@usu.edu


Kathleen Oertle, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistane Professor
Area: Transition, cross systems collaboration, access, equity, and opportunities in education and employment, program evaluation
Office: EDUC 316
Phone: 435-797-3241
Email: kathleen.oertle@usu.edu


Jared Schultz, PhD, University of Northern Colorado
Associate Professor
Director of Rehabilitation Counseling Programs Area: Counseling techniques and supervision in rehabilitation, rehabilitation research priorities, philosophy applied to disability
Office: EDUC 303
Phone: (435) 797-3478
Email: jared.schultz@usu.edu


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.


Labs, Centers, Research

Center for Persons with Disabilities: The CPD is a nationally recognized research center that joins the expertise of researchers and faculty with community partners to address the most difficult challenges facing persons with disabilities and their families. Research addresses issues that cross fields ranging from biomedicine to education. In clinical experiences, learners join teams of professionals, family members, and individuals with disabilities to deliver services and supports.


Advising

Kris Wengreen
Advisor
Office: EDUC 313
Phone: (435) 797-3246
Email: kris.wengreen@usu.edu



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