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Rehabilitation and Disability Studies: Cert

Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

USU offers a post-graduate advanced certificate for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Category 3, 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 Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam for national certification, which USU students pass at a 94% 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 rehabilitation counselor. For additional information on the CRCC Category 3, visit the CRCC website.

Students pursing this certificate must already have a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree in a related field of study. Students complete between six and eight courses for a total of 16-23 credits, all of which are completed online through USU's Regional Campuses and Distance Education program. Students must earn a minimum of 16 credits to earn the certificate.


Additional Information:

The Certificate is offered via distance education nationwide. Students participate in live classes at home through the internet.


This certificate and subsequent CRC certification can allow professionals who have advanced degrees in areas other than rehabilitation counseling to become certified as 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

Admission Requirements

In order to gain admittance to the program, students must submit an application, application fee, official master's degree transcripts, statement of purpose, and resume. To apply, contact the program advisor, Kris Wengreen (kris.wengreen@usu.edu).

To be eligible for certification in this Category you must have a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree in a related field of study with course content that emphasizes rehabilitation, counseling, disability, therapy, health, employment, wellness, or human development. CRCC provides a pre-review of transcripts and work experience.


Admission Deadlines

Applications for the program are accepted year-round.


Financial Assistance

The cost for the entire program (23 credits) is $10,856 or $472 per credit hour. No financial assistance is available at this time.


Trenton Landon, PhD, Michigan State University
Assistant Professor
Office: EDUC 322
Phone: 435-797-3269
Email: trenton.landon@usu.edu


Kathleen Oertle, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor
Office: SCCE 417
Phone: 435-797-3241
Email: kathleen.oertle@usu.edu


Michelle Lizotte, PhD, Michigan State University
Assistant Professor
Office: EDUC 303
Phone: (435) 797-8639
Email: michelle.lizotte@usu.edu


Brian Phillips, PhD, Michigan State University
Assistant Professor
Department: Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling Department
Area: Employment of Persons with Disabilities, Social and Workplace Adjustment Skills
Office: EDUC 318
Phone: (435) 797-2381
Email: brian.phillips@usu.edu


Michael Gerald, PhD, University of Iowa
Assistant Professor, Clinician
Department: Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling Department
Office: SCCE 407
Phone: (435) 797-3478
Email: michael.gerald@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.