Rehabilitation Counseling Program

ClassroomThe Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation program is a 60-hour program accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2018 and is designed to prepare culturally competent counselors who specialize in working with persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, psychological, and neurological disabilities and/or illnesses.   Rehabilitation Counseling students are equipped with knowledge, skills, and experience to empower persons with disabilities through the counseling process. Students are further equipped with unique competencies to provide effective rehabilitation counseling services within a cultural context.

The program admits new students into the program each Fall semester. The program currently has four full time faculty members as well as adjunct rehabilitation counseling faculty to teach the CORE Accredited Curriculum.

The department currently has 1 RSA grant to help support students. The grant is in the area of Rehabilitation Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.

CORE Standard A.5

Presently, there are 108 rehabilitation counseling students enrolled either on a full time or part time basis. The program can be completed in two to three years depending on full time or part time status. Along with the RSA grant, the department does offer assistantships for students on a competitive basis. Recent graduates during the 2012 academic year are currently seeking licensure as well as over 90% of the graduates are currently employed. Students are employed in a variety of settings including but not limited to (State Vocational Rehabilitation, non-profit agencies, private practices, the Department of Veterans Affairs etc). In addition to employment, graduates of the RC program are enrolled in Ph.D programs in Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation Counselor Education, and Psy.D programs Clinical Psychology across the country. The passing rate for the 2012 academic year for students taking the CRC exam as their comprehensive exam was 82%.

In keeping with the CORE requirements, the RC program conducts an annual external advisory board meeting each winter to evaluate the quality of the curriculum and practicum experiences of our students. The department files an annual report each year to the Council on Rehabilitation Education for continuous monitoring of the program. Our program meets all NCAT requirements for academic program review accountability.

Students in rehabilitation counseling will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application in: 

  • Theories and methods of counseling for individuals with physical or mental disabilities in and out of the work environment  
  • Case management and documentation requirements that meet federal and state legal guidelines  
  • Medical and psychosocial aspects associated with physical, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Vocational Evaluations and Related Assessments
  • Job Development and Placement
  • The Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors

The Rehabilitation Counseling program complies with federal laws of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 507 of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and Section 508 of the Disability Act of 2001.

Veteran and Disability Support Services

For students who may require specific accommodations, please contact North Carolina A&T State University Office of Veteran and Disability Support Services.

Clinical Experiences

The Rehabilitation Counseling program offers extensive field work including practicum and internship.   Each student is required to successfully complete a 100 hour Practicum and a 600 hour Internship.   Each student is required to obtain 40% of Direct contact hours during both experiences. 

Credentials and Certifications

Students in the counseling program are eligible to apply for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina.

For more information about the program, please visit the links below.

We are located in 329 Proctor Hall, 336-334-7916. Dr. Quintin Boston is the coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation program.