Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

UT Southwestern’s Master 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 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 interacting with clients.
  • We also operate both Adult and Developmental Neuropsychology Services, providing outpatient assessment and evaluation of adults, children, and adolescents with brain injury and dysfunction.
  • 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.
  • Our tuition and fee rates are among the most competitive in the county.
  • We’re located in the heart of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area, a thriving center for health care, business, education, the arts, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

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

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 encourages goal setting and beneficial change through self-advocacy. Rehabilitation Counselors utilize 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

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% 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/Ft. Worth metropolitan area. Nationwide, the top 10% 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% 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

2016 6 9
2015 13 12
2014 11 11

Average time necessary to complete the program: 29 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 4 $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): 100 percent (2016 rates not yet available)

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 Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination by program graduates 2014-2016: 100 percent

Passing rates on National Counselor Examination (NCE) for licensure and certification by program graduates 2014-2016: 100 percent