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Rehabilitation Counseling: MRC

Rehabilitation Counseling

USU's Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 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.

Additional Information:

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

Admission Requirements

Students from any undergraduate background are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • 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.

Admission Deadlines

The department has the following application deadlines:

  • Fall semester - March 15

Program Requirements

Each student must complete a practicum of three credit hours that requires 100 clock hours (at least 40 hours providing direct client contact) and an internship of nine credit hours requiring 600 clock hours (at least 240 hours providing direct client contact). Both of these experiences must be completed in a community agency providing rehabilitation counseling services to people with disabilities.

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 funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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

Trenton Landon, PhD, Michigan State University
Assistant Professor
Office: EDUC 322
Phone: 435-797-3269

Michelle Lizotte, PhD, Michigan State University
Assistant Professor
Office: EDUC 303
Phone: (435) 797-8639

Kathleen Oertle, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor
Office: SCCE 417
Phone: 435-797-3241

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

Timothy Riesen, PhD, University of Utah
Research Assistant Professor
Area: Customized and Supported Employment, Transition, Severe Disabilities
Office: EDUC 325
Phone: (435) 797-5570

Tracy Woolstenhulme, MS, Utah State University
Clinical Instructor, Practicum/Internship Coordinator
Department: Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling Department
Area: Counseling Skill Development and Clinical Supervision
Phone: (435) 797-3295

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.