Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

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

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

  • Our program combines outstanding academic training with exceptional clinical experience for a comprehensive, well-rounded education.
  • Our program meets the academic and clinical experience requirements to prepare you for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
  • Our program meets the academic and clinical experience requirements for application for licensure as an LPC or LPA in Texas.
  • Our tuition and fee rates are among the most competitive in the country.
  • Our program-sponsored practicum and internship sites eliminate the need for students to locate clinical placements on their own.
  • Smaller class sizes mean students receive highly individualized attention from program faculty.
  • Our students are exposed to advanced clinical training opportunities through direct clinical contact with a highly diverse patient/client population.
  • We operate the University Rehabilitation Service, a rehabilitation focused assessment and counseling clinic that provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services for persons with physical, cognitive, developmental, and emotional disabilities.
  • We operate two outpatient neuropsychology services which provide assessment and evaluation of adults, children, and adolescents with brain injury, developmental, and other dysfunction.
  • Our location on a large medical center campus offers outstanding clinical opportunities within our hospitals, clinics, and academic community.
  • We are located in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and a thriving center for health care, business, and the arts.
  • We’re affiliated with Dallas’ top hospitals – ranked among the best in the nation: William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, and Parkland Health & Hospital System.

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 Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is a specialized type of counseling. In addition to training on core counseling competencies (e.g., Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing), clinical rehabilitation counselors acquire additional training on the skills necessary to assist persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities in achieving personal, vocational, and independent-living goals in the most integrated setting possible through the application of the counseling process.

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, independent practice, and private rehabilitation centers. 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.

According to the 2014 Counselor Compensation Study conducted by the American Counseling Association (ACA), rehabilitation counselors were found on average to earn $13,000 more than traditional clinical mental health counselors, mental health counselors, or community counselors. The same study found that rehabilitation counselors were more likely to enjoy more comprehensive employment benefits such as employee retirement plans, medical coverage, dental, vision, and short-term and long-term disability insurance when compared to other professional counselors (CRCC, 2016). 

Rehabilitation Counseling Today

The 2014 Counselor Compensation Survey conducted by the American Counseling Association places mean wage for rehabilitation counselors at $53,561. The ACA Compensation Survey also noted that 44 percent of rehabilitation counselors work for state and local governments with these employers offering some of the best benefit packages to counselors. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates lists an annual mean wage of $45,690 for rehabilitation counselors in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Nationwide, the top 10 percent of rehabilitation counselors earn $60,750.

Outlook for Tomorrow

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted job growth for the profession is expected to increase by 9 percent by 2024. This growth rate is higher than the national average job growth rate.

About Our Graduates

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

YearEnrollmentGraduates
2017 14 12
2016 6 15
2015 13 11

Average time necessary to complete the program (with thesis): 31 months
Average time necessary to complete the program (non-thesis): 25 months

Estimated cost of program attendance: The estimated cost of the 24-month Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program, including tuition and fees, is $18,200 for Texas residents (and students who qualify for the Academic Common Market) and $39,700 for non-Texas residents. Additional tuition may be required after 24 months.

Available Awards

  • UT Southwestern School of Health Professions Dean's Scholarship
  • UT Southwestern School of Health Professions Student Service Award in honor of Dr. John Schermerhorn
  • UT Southwestern School of Health Professions Student Clinician Award in Honor of Dr. Gordon Green
  • UT Southwestern School of Health Professions Student Research Award in Honor of Dr. Raul Caetano
  • UT Southwestern School of Health Professions Student Leadership Award in Honor of Dr. Ruth Guy
  • Alpha Eta National Allied Health Honor Society
  • Texas Society of Allied Health Professions Scholarship (up to four $500 awards granted at annual fall conference)

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 2014 – 2015 graduates within the first 6 months following graduation (for those pursuing employment): 93 percent

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

Eligibility for licensure by program graduates: 100 percent

Passing rates on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination  10/12/2013 -7/22/2017

UTSW Graduates:   97.37%
National Average:  72.39%

Passing rates on National Counselor Examination (NCE) for licensure and certification by program graduates 2015-2017: 100 percent