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Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling,
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
Community Counseling Track

 


Program Outcomes

The M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is offered by the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions in the School of Health Professions (SHP) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.   Completion of the degree requires 6o credits.

Students may attend the program on either a full time or part time basis.  The program can be completed in two years of full time attendance or three years of part time attendance.  Most students attend on a part time basis.  Students, whether full time or part time, must attend in the summer semester as certain required courses are offered only in the summer semester.  Courses may be taken at either the Scotch Plains campus, which serves Central and Northern New Jersey, or the Blackwood campus, which serves Southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia area, or online.

Generally, the program has a total enrollment of 85 to 90 students. The program typically admits 20 to 25 students in the fall semester and another 10 students in the spring semester.  Students can start the program in the Fall or Spring semester only. New students are not admitted to start in the Summer semester.   For the 2016-2017 academic year, 50% of students were from underrepresented groups, including students with disabilities.  The majority of students in the program are female.

The program has seven full-time faculty assigned to teach required courses in the program plus additional full-time Department faculty who teach part time in the program.  Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation. 

Information about tuition and fees is available at http://shp.rutgers.edu, select Current Students and then Tuition and Fees.   Information about financial aid is available from the Rutgers Financial Aid Office at http://shp.rutgers.edu, select Current Students and then Financial Aid.  SHP offers scholarships available to both incoming and continuing students.  Information about SHP scholarships is available at http://shp.rutgers.edu, select Current Students and then Scholarships.  You must be accepted as a matriculated student to be eligible for a SHP scholarship.  Most SHP scholarships are based on financial need, and it is recommended that you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to the SHP scholarship application and your transcripts.  When applying for SHP scholarships, be sure to read the application directions carefully and follow all directions. Incomplete applications are not considered. The deadline for all SHP scholarship application materials including transcripts is June 1.  The program has Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) training grants that provide scholarships for selected students to assist with tuition.  Students must apply to be considered to receive a RSA scholarship and must sign a payback agreement agreeing to work two years in a qualifying job in rehabilitation counseling for every year of financial support received.  RSA grants also require that students must commit to completing the internship in a state vocational rehabilitation agency as a condition of accepting RSA scholarship funds unless the program can obtain a waiver of this requirement from RSA for the student.  Also, students must explore and use other sources of financial assistance such as employer tuition reimbursement before accepting RSA scholarship funds.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, 22 students graduated from the program.  All students complete a practicum and internship requirement in an approved agency during the last year of the program.  Below is information concerning the program’s student retention rate by entering cohort over the period from 2004 to 2011.   

Student Retention
Students Beginning in Years 2004 Through 2012

Year 

Number in Beginning Cohort

In Five

In Six

In Seven 

In Eight Years

Years

Years

Years

2004

21

16

76.2

16

76.2

17

81

17

81

2005

36

23

63.8

23

63.8

23

63.8

24

66.7

2006

24

17

70.8

17

70.8

17

70.8

17

70.8

2007

22

14

63.6

14

63.6

14

63.6

14

63.6

2008

29

19

65.5

19

65.5

19

65.5

19

65.5

2009

29

19

65.5

20

68.9

20

68.9

20

68.9

2010

17

14

82.3

15

88.2

15

88.2

 

 

2011

27

22

81.4

22

81.4

 

 

 

 

2012

30

23

76.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a high demand in New Jersey and the surrounding geographic area for counselors who have a specialization in rehabilitation counseling.  Follow-up of those who graduated in the 2015-2016 academic year found that over 95% of graduates who were seeking employment were employed in the counseling field within six months.  The employment settings where most graduates work are state vocational rehabilitation and other government human services agencies including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as well as community based, non-profit agencies providing services to persons with disabilities.  This includes community based mental health agencies.

Licensure requirements for counselors vary from state to state.  Students should check with the state where they are interested in obtaining licensure to get information about requirements in that state for the type of license the student is interested in obtaining.  Licensure requirements may include both education and relevant supervised work experience.  New Jersey provides for licensure of Professional Counselors and of Rehabilitation Counselors.  Additional information about licensure requirements can be obtained from the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, Professional Counselors Examiners Committee, P.O. Box 45007, Newark, New Jersey 07101. Students are responsible for obtaining additional information about and making application for credentials in which they are interested.  Rutgers cannot assure that you will qualify for any license or credential upon completing the degree.

In the most recent report received from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) (www.crccertification.com), program students and graduates who took the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination in July, 2015, exceeded the national pass rate with an 80% pass rate as compared to the national pass rate of 65%.  Students are eligible to take this examination when they have completed 75% of their course work.
 
The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).   Applicants who graduate from a CACREP accredited program may apply for the National Counselor Examination (NCE).  The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) waives the post master's experience and supervision requirements for graduates of CACRE-accredited programs per information on their web site at www.nbcc.org.  Passing the NCE is part of the process to obtain the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential available through NBCC. 

Please contact Janice Oursler, Ph.D., NCC, CRC, Program Director, at ourslejd@shp.rutgers.edu or 908-889-2462, for any additional information needed about program outcomes.

 

Questions about the degree:
Janice Oursler, Ph.D., NCC, CRC, Program Director
Telephone: (908) 889-2462 or email: ourslejd@shp.rutgers.edu
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Health Professions
Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions
1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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