Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health

Program Overview

The University of Kentucky Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program (UKRCP) was established in 1962 and is among the oldest Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling graduate programs in the nation. The UKRCP is approved by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education and is the only Rehabilitation Counseling master’s degree program in Kentucky.

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health Program are housed within the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky.  The UKRCP offers graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Completion of the master’s program leads to a Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) and the flexible curriculum can be tailored to meet each student’s individual needs and interests. The program prepares students to become professional clinical rehabilitation counselors who are able to assist persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals through the application of the rehabilitation counseling process, thus enhancing the quality of life of consumers. It is anticipated that the Clinical Mental Health program will enable graduates to be licensed as professional counselors.


Curriculum construction for the On Campus Master’s Program for Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling & Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health enables students to complete their program either in a full-time, four semester (sixteen months including summer courses) sequence, or through part-time study. All courses necessary for graduation are offered during the late afternoon and evening on a rotating basis.

Coursework is integrated with extensive field work, totaling a minimum of 60 credit hours or 48 credit hours for students with undergraduate degrees in rehabilitation education. The university requirement for graduation includes a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B). Students are eligible to sit for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Students can also complete and graduate with 60 credit hours, which are needed to meet the requirements of professional licensure boards.

Elective courses and additional courses required for professional licensure are offered by Special Education, Education, School, and Counseling Psychology, Social Work, and other disciplines. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program maintains separate on-campus and distance learning (DL) programs. The campus and distance learning program are equivalent with regard to the curriculum, course requirements, content, and learning outcomes.

The curriculum includes a core of 48 hours of required coursework of rehabilitation counseling and related coursework and twelve hours for fieldwork (practicum and internship).  Full-time enrollment requires a minimum of nine credit hours per semester. However, in order to complete the curriculum in 16 months students take 15-18 credit hours during the regular academic year and 13 hours during the summer semesters.

Students with a bachelor’s degree from an approved undergraduate rehabilitation education program or who have taken rehabilitation counseling classes on a post baccalaureate basis may petition the program faculty to waive up to 12 credit hours. A request of this nature should be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of the student’s first semester of study. A total of 12 credit hours may be transferred from another institution. A minimum of 48 credit hours would be required to graduate but the typical program is 60 credit hours.

Program of Studies

Program of Studies and Sequence of Courses*
(RC) = Rehabilitation Counseling

Fall Semester (First Year)
RC 515 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects I (3)
RC 520 Principles of Rehabilitation (3)
RC 525 Human Growth, Disability, & Development Across the Lifespan (3)
RC 530 Cultural Diversity in Rehabilitation (3)
RC 650 RC Theories and Techniques I (3)


Spring Semester (First Year)
RC 516 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects II (3)
RC 610 Case Management in Rehabilitation (3)
RC 620 Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment (3)
RC 660 RC Theories and Techniques II (3)
RC 750 RC Research and Program Evaluation (3)
RC 558 Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma Response to Persons With Disabilities (1)


Intersession (First Year)
RC 570 Special Topics: Mental Health / Psychopharmacology or Ethics or Assistive Technology (1)
RC 640 Rehabilitation in Business &
Industry (3)
RC 680 Mental Health Diagnosis &
Treatment Planning (3)


Summer Session (First Year)
RC 560 Supported Employment, Independent Living, and Transition (3)
RC 630 Placement Services and Techniques (3)
RC 710 Practicum in Rehabilitation* (3)


Fall Semester (Second Year)
RC 540 Chemical and Drug Dependency (3)
RC 670 Group and Family RC (3)
RC 710 Intern in Rehabilitation Counseling*

* RC 710 and 730 (Practicum and Internship) are offered every semester for part-time students.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Student Funding Resources

Students in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Programs may take advantage of a number of opportunities for student funding and financial aid, including scholarships and research assignments working with faculty in the department. Assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are also offered through The Graduate School.

Martin-Thacker Scholarships: The Martin-Thacker Scholarship was established by an endowment from Dr. Helen Thacker Hill and Dr. Leslie Martin in 1998. The purpose of this Endowment is to train rehabilitation counseling professionals to work in rural areas of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and serve persons with developmental disabilities. One or two scholars are appointed each year. The award includes stipend and tuition assistance. Please contact the program office for more information about the Martin-Thacker Scholarship.

Opportunities for Kentucky State University Students: In partnership with Kentucky State University (KSU), the Program in Rehabilitation Counseling maintains two programs to assist KSU students interested in exploring or entering a career in Rehabilitation Counseling: The Endorsement Curriculum and the University Scholars Program. Please contact the program office for more information about these opportunities.

A number of additional opportunities for student funding and financial aid are available. Interested students should contact the Rehabilitation Counseling Program for further information or Academic Services – Scholarships. Assistantships and fellowships are also offered through The Graduate School.