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College of Allied Health Sciences


Department of Rehabilitation Studies


Lloyd G. Goodwin, Interim Chairperson, 4425 Health Sciences Building

The department offers three master of science (MS) degree programs and a doctor of philosophy (PhD). Students in rehabilitation counseling and vocational evaluation MS degree programs complete a minimum of 50 s.h. of credit. Students in the substance abuse and clinical counseling degree program must complete 62 s.h. of credit. Students with an undergraduate degree in rehabilitation services are required to complete a minimum of 48 s.h. of credit for any of the three MS degree programs. Required courses passed with a grade of B or higher at the undergraduate level will be waived. The application deadline for MS degree applications is March 1st.

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling


Required courses: REHB 5100, 6000, 6010, 6250, 6300, 6310, 6350, 6351, 6360, 6361, 6370, 6401, 6550, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994, and 3 s.h. of research electives.

MS in Substance Abuse And Clinical Counseling


Required courses: REHB 5100, 5793, 6010, 6250, 6300, 6310, 6320, 6330, 6350, 6351, 6360, 6361, 6370, 6401, 6550, 6703, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994; 3 s.h. of research and 3 s.h. of electives. Students entering the substance abuse programs are also required to complete REHB 2003 or equivalent by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

MS in Vocational Evaluation


Required courses: REHB 5100, 5400, 6000, 6010, 6250, 6310, 6401, 6403, 6404, 6405, 6550, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994; 3 s.h. of research electives.

Certificate in Employee Assistance Program Counseling

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The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counseling certificate will provide counselors with the specific background information and skills needed in this specialized area of counseling. This certificate is open to students enrolled in graduate counseling programs and counselors who wish to work in this area. The program is designed to equip counselors with knowledge of mental health, substance abuse and family issues related to the work environment. Program design and counseling techniques/approaches specific to this specialized area of the profession are presented.

The certificate requires the completion of 12 s.h. of graduate level courses. Required courses include REHB 7610 and 9 s.h. from REHB 5793, REHB 6320, PSYC 6343 or an approved elective. The director of the EAP certificate program will have a list of approved electives.

Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling

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The Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling provides basic knowledge and information needed to work as a professional in this specialized area. The certificate program includes specialized training in Rehabilitation Counseling and may prepare counselors to meet the basic academic requirements to be eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a graduate counseling program or may enroll non degree if they possess a graduate degree in counseling.

The certificate program requires a minimum of 12 s.h. in the following courses: REHB 5000, 5100, 6000. Selected electives should be chosen in consultation with the certificate coordinator. The list of appropriate electives is available from the certificate coordinator and may be selected after consultation with the requirements of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling

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The Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling provides students with the practical skills and basic techniques needed to provide services to individuals with addictions. This specialized area of counseling requires specific knowledge of theory and applied techniques in addition to general counseling knowledge and skills. The certificate is open to students enrolled in graduate programs as well as applicants holding a masters or baccalaureate degree. These courses meet the academic requirement for the North Carolina Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS).

The program requires the completion of 12 s.h. of coursework as follows: REHB 5793, 5795, 5796, 6703. Any substitutions must be approved by the certificate coordinator.

Certificate in Vocational Evaluation

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The Certificate in Vocational Evaluation will provide students with the basic knowledge and professional skills needed to work as an evaluator in applied settings. The certificate is open to graduate students as well as nondegree students with a baccalaureate degree. The courses included in the certificate program may allow students with a related degree to sit for the Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE) Exam.

The program requires completion of 12 s.h. of coursework as follows: REHB 5400, 6401 or equivalent, 6405, plus 3 s.h. of electives chosen in consultation with the certificate coordinator. A list of appropriate electives is available from the certificate coordinator. The certificate in vocational evaluation should not be confused with any state or national certifications or licenses.

PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration

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The PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration is designed to prepare higher education faculty in rehabilitation counseling and related fields, and/or administrators in rehabilitation, substance abuse, mental health and related health care programs. The program prepares advanced clinical professionals for rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse counseling in clinical settings as well. Students select a concentration in rehabilitation counseling or rehabilitation studies. All students are required to fulfill a one year residency requirement and complete a dissertation under supervision of a faculty advisor.

Admission
The following documents are required before final admission is approved: completed application form for admission to Graduate School; official transcripts from colleges and universities attended, official or certified copy of score reports of GRE (or MAT) and TOEFL (if applicable), a resume, three letters of reference and a written statement of the applicant’s goals and research interests.

While applicants will typically have completed a masters degree in counseling or a related area, individuals with outstanding academic and/or clinical backgrounds with a bachelor’s degree may be considered on a highly selective basis. For selection criteria visit the website at www.ecu.edu/rehb or contact the Director of Doctoral Studies. Students are admitted for the fall semester only. The application deadline is February 1st.

Curriculum
The concentration in rehabilitation and clinical counseling requires a minimum of 98 s.h. of graduate course work including acceptable graduate course work in a counseling or closely related graduate program. Required course credit which may be completed as part of a prior graduate program include the following courses (or the equivalent): REHB 5000, 5100, 6000, 6250, 6300, 6310, 6320, 6350, 6351, 6360, 6370, 6401, 6550, 6991, 6992, 6993, 6994. This concentration requires a minimum of 49 s.h. beyond the masters degree, including BIOS 7021, 7022, 7550; REHB 7340, 7601, 8210, 8360, 8380, 8420, 8550, 8810, 8991, 8992, 8993, 8994, and 9000. Electives may be chosen from the optional focus areas and/or courses areas listed below:

  1. Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling includes 12 s.h. selected from REHB 6330, 6703, 8710, and an approved elective.
  2. Vocational Evaluation includes 12 s.h. selected from REHB 6405/6406, 7403, 7404, 8410, and 8420.
  3. Rehabilitation Research includes 12 s.h. selected from BIOS 5010, 7501, 7560; NURS 7250, EDUC 7001, and NURS 7235 or EDUC 7430.
  4. Area of focus chosen by the candidate and approved by the program director.
The concentration in rehabilitation studies requires a minimum of 98 s.h. of graduate course work including acceptable graduate course work in a counseling or rehabilitation related graduate program. Required course credit which may be completed as part of a prior graduate program include a masters’ degree in a related rehabilitation or health care field and the following courses (or the equivalent): REHB 5000, 5100, 6000, 6300, 6401.

This concentration requires a minimum of 45 s.h. beyond the masters degree, including BIOS 7021, 7022, and 6 s.h. selected from BIOS 7550, 7560, NURS 7235, 7250, EDUC 7001, 7430; REHB 7601, 7650, 8420, 8550, 8630, 8810, and 9000. This concentration also requires the completion of a 9 s.h. area of focus selected by the candidate and approved by the program director.