Department of Rehabilitation
October 24, 2016
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Program Description & Introduction

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Texas-Pan American is a 48 hour program designed to meet the mission and objectives of preparing Rehabilitation Counselors to work with persons with disabilities. The Program is accredited through the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The Masters degree curriculum is, therefore, designed to meet these national standards. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Other credentials students may obtain are the academic course requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Students will have to consult with their advisor on selecting appropriate elective courses needed for licensure.

Program faculty have established recruitment and retention policies and a Graduate Student Manual which details further program information not otherwise found here. Potential applicants must meet the admission requirements and procedures of the Graduate School. Availability of financial assistance and student advisement information can be directed to the MS Program Coordinator. Further information about the Rehabilitation Counseling program can be obtained by writing the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program Coordinator, College of Health Sciences and Human Services West, The University of Texas-Pan American, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999, calling (956) 665-7035, or email cblank@utpa.edu.


A faculty advisor is assigned to each student at the time of enrollment. Academic planning is best achieved through a cooperative effort between the student and the advisor. Every student in the Rehabilitation Counselor Education program is encouraged to make full use of the advising system. This includes, but is not limited to, a meeting with an academic advisor prior to registration each semester to confirm course selections. It is recommended that students plan out their course of study using the Advisement Form. It is the responsibility of each student in the program to read and follow the procedures outlined in the University Catalog.


Qualified students of minority and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the Program. There is a growing need for bilingual rehabilitation counselors who can culturally identify with persons with disabilities. After completing 12-18 semester hours of study, students must formally apply for candidacy to the MS Program. Formal admission into the Program requires a GPA of 3.00 or better. Those students with less than a 3.00 will be required to take additional coursework to bring their GPA up to this level before they can be admitted to candidacy. Upon completion of all course work, students are required to pass a four hour comprehensive exam. Eligibility to sit for this exam also requires a GPA of 3.00. Students whose GPA falls below a 3.00 during the Program will not be allowed to continue the next semester as per graduate school policies. Students do, however, have the right to appeal this decision by submitting a letter of petition to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services stating their reasons for this occurrence. A formal meeting may be called with the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Coordinator or pertinent faculty to assist and advise students on raising their GPA and setting priorities to assist students in successfully completing their degree.

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