MS Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science: Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program

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Rehabilitation Counseling is offered online and prepares rehabilitation professionals as well as individuals new to the field to work effectively in the rehabilitation service delivery system. Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Delivery Options

The Rehabilitation Counseling program is conducted entirely online; however, students in this program will complete at least 3 semesters of field experiences in their local community.

Program Description

The Hawai‘i Rehabilitation Counseling program (HRC) prepares graduate students to become successful practitioners and administrators in the field of vocational rehabilitation. This 48-credit distance education program leads to Master of Science degree in Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science, with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. The HRC program requires 3 years of enrollment (6 credits/semester) in a hybrid online environment.

The HRC program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2018. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the United States and Canada and has developed its credentialing process to protect individuals with disabilities. Graduates of the HRC program are eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination.

HRC program graduates may also apply for State of Hawai‘i licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, provided they complete (1) the required post-graduate direct counseling work, (2) face-to-face clinical supervision within a two year period, and (3) pass the National Certified Counselor Examination.

Student Enrollment and Employment Opportunities

Students in the HRC program benefit from a culturally-diverse student body, faculty and staff. The outcome of this type of experience is graduates who are prepared to work in a society with clients representing a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs (including individuals with disabilities, veterans, injured active duty service members, and citizens with cultural and language differences).

There are currently 17 students in this program (3 cohorts). In addition, 8 students recently graduatd from this program in Spring 2017; and 6 students will complete their coursework and are projected to graduate in Spring 2018. The mean GPA of the Cohorts between 2009 - 2013 was 3.85 on a 4.0 scale. Graduates from the program work in a variety of public, non-profit, and private employment settings. These settings have included state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, mental health and substance abuse programs, community rehabilitation programs, veteran affairs offices, psychiatric and physical rehabilitation hospitals, and independent living agencies. The following table provides a breakdown of program statistics:

cohort entering>> 2009 2010* 2012*** 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
# Students Entered Program 12 15 9 11 10 8 5 7
# Current Students by Cohort 0 1 6 8 8 6 4 7
# Students Graduated from Cohort 12 13** 5 8 8 - - -
Mean GPA at Graduation 3.75 3.81 3.92 3.93 3.82 - - -
Average Time to Completion 3 years 3.4 years 3 years 3 years 3.07 years - - -
Retention Rate (Grad/entered) 100% 80% 83% 73% 80% - - -
Employment rate (w/in 6mo grad) 100% 81% 100% 100% N/A - - -
Passing rate for CRC Exams 100% 100% 100% 100% N/A - - -

*Combined Sp2010 and F2010 Cohorts
** Includes students who have graduated + 3 who are projected to graduate in F2013
*** Did not start cohort in 2011
( - ) Information not yet available (e.g., students still in program)


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