The Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) at Arkansas State University is a graduate
degree offered through the Department of Psychology and Counseling within the College
of Education. The Program is a minimum 48 semester-hour curriculum that is fully accredited
104 by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
The M.R.C. Program is designed to meet
the growing demand for professionally trained rehabilitation counselors.
Students complete coursework in the areas of (a) foundations of the rehabilitation process
that includes an understanding of the philosophy, theory, sociological, environmental, and legal/
ethical aspects of persons with disabilities, (b) medical, vocational, and psychosocial aspects
of disabling conditions, (c) theories and techniques in individual and group counseling, and
(d) care/disability management and career and lifestyle choices of persons with disabilities.
In addition to the required coursework, students must also complete a 100-clock-hour
practicum and 600-clock-hours of internship experience in a private or public rehabilitation/
health care facility or mental health setting by completing both COUN 6303 and COUN 6323.
Candidates for the M.R.C. degree must also pass a written comprehensive examination
which is typically taken during the last semester of the student's program. Overall, students
who complete the M.R.C. degree will be skilled and competent professionals who will be
trained to provide rehabilitation counseling services to a diversity of persons with congenital
and/or acquired mental/emotional, psychiatric, cognitive/neurological, physical, and psychosocial
Upon completion of the M.R.C. degree, students are eligible to sit for the Certifi ed Rehabilitation
Counselor (CRC) certifi cation exam. With additional course work, students will
be eligible to sit for the NBCC/Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination and/or
the Commission on Certifi cation of Work Adjustment and Vocational Evaluation Specialists
(CCWAVES) examination which leads to the Certifi ed Vocational Evaluator (CVE) credential.
Students are strongly encouraged to obtain one or more of these professional certifi cations.
Many students who will enter practice professionally in the fi eld of rehabilitation counseling
will be required either before or during their employment to obtain professional certifi cation.
Additional information about the M.R.C. program can be obtained at the following website: