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Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Many people struggle to navigate daily life because of a disability or because of societal barriers related to disability. Our on-campus and distance learning programs will prepare you to help enhance the quality of life for those living with disabilities.

Welcome to Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

We offer the following programs: 

  1. Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation, with a specialization in clinical rehabilitation counseling (60 credit hours)
  2. Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (18 credits hours)

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling and Rehabilitation

 We train our graduates to be professional counselors with a specialized understanding of disability and disadvantagement-related issues. With a specialization in clinical rehabilitation counseling, our curriculum and service activities are focused on providing counseling and employment-related support to persons who have physical or mental disabilities, including addictions. Additional service perspectives focus on individuals who are disadvantaged by cultural differences and educational and economic impoverishment throughout the state and beyond.

Beyond the Classroom

We believe that the best way for you to learn is by doing. That's why we include many hands-on experiences in our master's degree curriculum. Not only will you get to work with persons with disabilities, you'll also be able to complete a 600-hour internship your final semester. 


Dedicated Faculty

Our dedicated faculty performs a broad spectrum of educational, scholarly and service activities to enhance your educational experience.

You'll get training in multiple areas, including: 

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Educational, vocational and psychosocial assessment
  • Clinical case management
  • Advocacy
  • Community program development


Distance Learning

We have a distance learning option that will make it easier to pursue your career without moving to Columbia, if you need more flexibility to allow you to continue to work. All coursework will be offered online and you'll be required to come to a few in-person meetings. 


Accredited Program

On July 1, 2017, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) assumed responsibility for carrying out the mission and vision of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). All graduate programs that were formerly accredited by CORE are now accredited by CACREP. The USC Rehabilitation Counseling Program’s 48 credit hour degree was most recently accredited by CORE in 2012 and received a full 8-year accreditation (2012-2020). That program is accredited as a rehabilitation counseling program by CACREP through 2020 under the former CORE standards. The USC Rehabilitation Counseling Program intends to seek accreditation for the updated 60 credit hour program as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program, under current CACREP standards, when the reaccreditation process begins in 2019.


Program Outcomes

  • 2018-2019: 5 MRC graduates (48 credit hour degree)
  • 2018-2019: 3 MA graduates (60 credit hour degree)
  • 2017-2018: 12 graduates
  • 2016-2017: 15 graduates
  •  For students who started the 48 credit-hour program in 2016-2017 (N=8):
    • 2 graduated in 2.5 years
    • 1 graduated in 3 years (with additional coursework for the professional counselor examination)
    • 2 are on track to graduate in 3.5 years (with additional coursework for eligibility for professional counselor examination)
    • 2 transferred to the 60-credit hour M.A. degree program; one graduated in 2.5 years and one graduated in 3 years.
  • 1 is working with persons with disabilities in another capacity.
     For students who started the 48 credit-hour master’s degree program in 2015-2016 (N=16):
    • 5 graduated in 2 years.
    • 7 graduated in 2.5 years.
    • 1 graduated in 3 years
    • 1 transferred to the 60-credit hour M.A. degree program and graduated in 3.5 years.
    • 2 are working with persons with disabilities in other capacities.
  • Spring 2019: 2 of 2 (100%) students took and passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam.
  • Spring 2018: 2 of 2 (100%) students took and passed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam.
  • Fall 2017: 2 of 2 (100%) students took and passed the CRC exam.
  • Fall 2018: 100% of graduates (N=3) are employed as rehabilitation counseling professionals in rehabilitation agencies (N=2) and in a private practice setting (N=1).
  • Academic year 2017-2018 graduates: Of 12 graduates, 10 (83%) are employed as rehabilitation counselors in state rehabilitation agencies (N=8), a hospital setting (N=1), and a university setting (N=1). One graduate is working outside the field of rehabilitation and one’s status is unknown.


Important Information About Programs Leading to Licensure

Certification: Because our program is CORE/CACREP accredited, all students who have successfully completed 75 percent of their coursework and all graduates of the rehabilitation counseling program are eligible to take the exam administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) that leads to the nationally recognized Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. This credential is available to all students and program graduates, including those students who do not live in the state of South Carolina.

Licensure: Each state has its own licensing board with its own counselor licensure requirements. The 60 credit hour MA in Counseling and Rehabilitation includes coursework and field experiences required by the state of South Carolina for graduates to be eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) that leads to counselor licensure in SC. We cannot confirm that the program meets the requirements for professional licensure in another state.  For students not living in South Carolina, click here for contact information for licensure in specific states. If a current student is considering relocating to another state after being admitted into the program, the student must contact the program director to discuss how the move may impact their ability to participate in academic courses (distributed learning) and clinical practicum (experiential learning) opportunities in a different state.


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