Welcome

UT Southwestern’s Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program provides world-class training in a field that transforms the lives of people with disabilities.

As you review potential rehabilitation counseling programs, keep these UT Southwestern advantages in mind:

  • Our Program combines academic, clinical, and research experiences for a comprehensive, well-rounded education.
  • Our location on a large medical center campus offers outstanding opportunities within our hospitals, clinics, and academic community.
  • We operate the University Rehabilitation Service, a rehabilitation assessment and counseling facility that provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services for people with disabilities. The URS is a powerful setting for learning and direct experience with clients.
  • We also operate the Developmental Neuropsychology Service, providing outpatient assessment and evaluation of children and adolescents with brain injury and dysfunction. This service provides exceptional opportunities for clinical training.
  • We’re affiliated with Dallas’ top hospitals, ranked among the best in the nation: Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System, and UT Southwestern University Hospitals.
  • Our tuition and fee rates are among the most reasonable in the country.
  • We’re located near the heart of Dallas, a thriving center for health care, business, education, and the arts.

As a rehabilitation counselor, you’ll help people build on their strengths and achieve new life goals. Prepare yourself for this rewarding career with an exceptional educational experience at UT Southwestern.

About Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation counseling blends the fulfilling specialties of psychology and rehabilitation into a profession that transforms lives. Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities achieve personal, career, and independent-living goals in the most integrated way possible.

They work in a wide variety of settings, including state and federal rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation centers, employment services, sheltered workshops, prisons, hospitals, clinics, welfare offices, educational facilities, and private rehabilitation centers.

Rehabilitation counseling focuses on identifying strengths and resources that can empower people and help them achieve greater autonomy in life and work. The counseling process includes communication, goal setting, and encouragement of beneficial change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions.

Rehabilitation counselors are trained to understand their clients’ medical and psychological needs and often take a lead role in coordinating a range of integrated services. They use a variety of techniques and approaches, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, counseling, case management, and advocacy. In many settings, counselors collaborate with other health services professionals, including psychiatrists and other physicians, physical therapists, prosthetists and orthotists, and dietitians.

Rehabilitation Counseling Today

According to 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 117,500 active rehabilitation counselors nationwide and 2760 in Texas, and this number is expected to grow significantly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that rehabilitation counselors earn a median salary of $42,000 a year, while the top 10 percent of people earn $66,000 or more.

Outlook for Tomorrow

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for rehabilitation counselors will grow by 20 percent through 2018, significantly faster than the average for all occupations. Older people become injured and physically and mentally disabled at a higher rate than other age groups; as the population ages, the need for rehabilitation counseling will rise.

About Our Graduates

Student retention rate to include the number of students who enroll and graduate each year for a three-year period

Year

Enrollment

Graduates

2013

16

17

2012

11

12

2011

13

11

Average time necessary to complete the program: 30 months with 47 percent completing their degree in 24 to 30 months (three-year average of graduates)

Estimated cost of program attendance: The estimated cost of the 24-month Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program, including tuition and fees, is $14,000 for Texas residents (and students who qualify for the Academic Common Market) and $36,000 for non-Texas residents. Additional tuition may be required after 24 months.

Available scholarships

    • SSHP Dean's Scholarship
    • Schermerhorn Scholarship Award
    • Alpha Eta National Allied Health Honor Society
      • Excellence in Scholarship Award
      • Lee Holder Award for Excellence in Graduate Allied Health Education
    • Texas Society of Allied Health Professions Scholarship

After you are accepted to the program, you can meet with a financial aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid for information and help in applying for federal and state grants, loans, and scholarships. You can reach them by phone at 214-648-3611. 

Employment rate of graduates within the first 6 months following graduation: 100 percent

Employment settings where graduates work: Our graduates work in federal agencies or state/university rehabilitation counseling programs, not-for-profit facilities or community-based programs, private rehabilitation or counseling, or continue their education for an advanced degree.

Eligibility for licensure by program graduates: 100 percent

Passing rates for a comprehensive measure of student learning (CRC and LPC exam): 100 percent

Additional Information

Here are more resources for information about rehabilitation counseling.

Professional Organizations