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School of Medicine Columbia

Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Our interdisciplinary graduate certificate gives you the skills you need to grow your career without interrupting your life. 

Earning a graduate certificate can be quite a task, especially if you already have a busy schedule to manage. We offer both in-person and online options for this 18 credit-hour certificate. If you choose to pursue the online option, you'll be asked to attend an on-campus orientation and periodic in-person meetings. 


Certificate of Graduate Study

In addition to the master's degree, we also offer a certificate program in psychiatric rehabilitation that's designed for post-bachelor’s degree students and helping professionals who want to gain more knowledge and skills in working with individuals with severe mental illnesses. This program will give you the skills you need to provide superior client care.


Personal Attention

We give all our students personal attention and hands-on training and our graduate certificate program is no exception. Whether you choose to study online or in-person, you'll have access to dedicated faculty who will act as mentors throughout your time with us. 


Who Should Apply 

  • Individuals pursuing vocational or personal interests in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation or mental health
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social workers
  • Educational psychologists
  • Marriage and family counselors
  • Majors in psychology, public health, sociology, nursing, or education



This cross-disciplinary program will introduce you to the characteristics of severe long-term mental illnesses, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation methods and the recovery process.

Required Courses (9 semester hours)

  • NPSY 755 Fundamentals of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • NPSY 756 Vocational Implications of Psychiatric Disabilities
  • NPSY 761 Dual Disorders

Two (2) Electives (6 semester hours)

You can choose from a broad list of electives at USC or other accredited colleges or universities that are approved by faculty.

We recommend: 

  • RCON 605 Culture and Disability
  • NPSY 757 Psychopathology for Counselors
  • NPSY 758 Classification and Assessment of Mental Disorders
  • NPSY 760 Addictions Rehabilitation
  • Any course from Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s Program OR
  • Another course as approved by the Program Director

Field Study (3 semester hours)

  • NPSY 890 Independent Study


How to Apply

We evaluate all applicants on their preparation and ability; we pay special attention to your work experience, practice interests, leadership ability and motivation. 

Admission Materials

  • Bachelor's degree
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Written statement of goals, work and volunteer experience 
  • References

Submit Your Application

You can submit your application online at the USC Graduate School website. Once the Graduate School receives all your materials, we will be notified and begin reviewing your application. 


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