Rehabilitation Counseling Program


photo of Dr. Ralph CrystalText box reading Welcome to the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at the University of Kentucky

The faculty and staff of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program are pleased to have this opportunity to present information about our program and the many exciting career opportunities available to you as a rehabilitation counseling professional. Rehabilitation Counseling is a growing profession and the need for trained rehabilitation personnel has never been greater. The Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Program at the University of Kentucky is committed to providing the highest quality rehabilitation counselor education and promoting professional excellence in rehabilitation counseling. We have consistantly been rated in the top 20 of rehabilitation counseling programs nationwide.

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program is located on the beautiful campus of the University of Kentucky within the College of Education in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Accreditation ensures that we meet the highest standards of training and professionalism. This also enables students and graduates to be eligible to sit for the national rehabilitation counseling certification examination.

The GRE General Test is required from all applicants. If scores are greater than five years old, applicants are asked to retake the exam. We do not use cut-off scores, nor does it guarantee admission based on high GRE scores. The department prefers scores above the 50th.  However, GRE scores are considered in the context of all the elements of the completed application.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program has two tracks, a CRC track (Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling) and a licensed professional counselor track (Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health).  These require the same courses with the exception that the Mental Health track requires two additional courses (Substance abuse and Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment Planning) and field work under the supervision of a licensed professional mental health counselor in a clinical mental health rehabilitation setting. 

Our students benefit from our exceptional and nationally recognized faculty, who bring diverse professional backgrounds, research interests, and areas of expertise to the educational experience. We encourage our students to participate fully in the wide range of professional, educational, and research opportunities that we offer. Our students also benefit from our strong ties to the local, state, and national rehabilitation community; our relationship with the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute, Medical Center, and many other University of Kentucky schools, colleges, departments, and programs.

On our website you will find program and application information, and materials. If you have any questions or need additional information do not hesitate to contact me. Feedback about our website is always welcome.

Ralph M. Crystal, Ph.D., CRC, LPC
Wallace Charles Hill Professor of Rehabilitation Education and
Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Thank you for your interest in our program. We invite you to check out our videos below for additional information about the program, our faculty, and our students. Video Transcript available.

University of Kentucky College of Education Rehabilitation Counseling Program from UK College of Education on Vimeo.


UK P20 Innovation Zone Colloquium - Rehabilitation Counseling from UK College of Education on Vimeo.