Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Mental Health Counseling
The University of Kentucky Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program (UKRCP) was established in 1962 and is among the oldest Rehabilitation Counseling graduate programs in the nation. The Program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). We were most recently accredited in 2013 and are fully accredited through August 2021. The UKRCP is approved by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education and is the only Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program in Kentucky.
The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health Program are housed within the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky. The UKRCP offers graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels.
Completion of the master’s program leads to a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) and the flexible curriculum can be tailored to meet each student’s individual needs and interests. The program prepares students to become professional rehabilitation counselors who are able to assist persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals through the application of the rehabilitation counseling process, thus enhancing the quality of life of consumers. It is anticipated that the Clinical Mental Health program will enable graduates to be licensed as professional counselors.
On Campus Master’s Program Curriculum for Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling & Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health
Curriculum construction for our master’s program enables students to complete their program either in a full-time, four semester (sixteen months including summer courses) sequence, or through part-time study. All courses necessary for graduation are offered during the late afternoon and evening on a rotating basis. Coursework is integrated with extensive field work, totaling a minimum of 60 credit hours or 48 credit hours for students with undergraduate degrees in rehabilitation education. The university requirement for graduation includes a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B). Students are eligible to sit for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Students can also complete and graduate with 60 credit hours, which are needed to meet the requirements of professional licensure boards.
Elective courses and additional courses required for professional licensure are offered by Special Education, Education, School, and Counseling Psychology, Social Work, and other disciplines. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program maintains separate on-campus and distance learning (DL) programs. The campus and distance learning program are equivalent with regard to the curriculum, course requirements, content, and learning outcomes.
The curriculum includes a core of 48 hours of required coursework of rehabilitation counseling and related coursework and twelve hours for fieldwork (practicum and internship). Full-time enrollment requires a minimum of nine credit hours per semester. However, in order to complete the curriculum in 16 months students take 15-18 credit hours during the regular academic year and 13 hours during the summer semesters.
Students with a bachelor’s degree from an approved undergraduate rehabilitation education program or who have taken rehabilitation counseling classes on a post baccalaureate basis may petition the program faculty to waive up to 12 credit hours. A request of this nature should be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of the student’s first semester of study. A total of 12 credit hours may be transferred from another institution. A minimum of 48 credit hours would be required to graduate but the typical program is 60 credit hours.