Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution to meet prerequisites and meet the following requirements.
The applicant should follow instructions for General Requirements for Admission to Graduate Study as shown above.
A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale is required.
Formal interview (face-to-face or phone) is required.
The Rehabilitation Counseling Program focuses upon providing training for students who are interested in working with the physically and emotionally disabled. This program also requires extensive field experience.
The Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is a fifty-two (52) semester hour program within the Department of Counseling and is professionally accredited by The Council on Rehabilitation Counselor Education (CORE). Traditional and hybrid (partially online) classes are held at the Warner Robins Center.
The M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling also is offered as a fully online program. The requirements are the same as they are for the traditional program. Internships and practicum will be supervised via virtual technologies for students who are unable to interact with campus evaluators face-to-face.
The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor program is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to work effectively with individuals who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. The goal of the program is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve, to the fullest capacity, vocational, social, psychological and economic independence, and improved quality of life. The vigor of the program is one of both autonomy and empowerment in which individuals with disabilities exercise the utmost control over their lives.
The graduate training model utilized within the Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program will assist students to acquire a thorough understanding of the medical and psycho social impact of disability on all areas of the consumer’s life, including vocational and independent living, as well as provide the student with a solid skill and knowledge base in counseling theories and techniques, case management models and procedures, service coordination, career exploration, job development, job placement, and assistive technology. Further, students will become familiar with the historical components and various legislative and philosophical underpinnings of the Vocational Rehabilitation System. Graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible to sit for the national certifying examination in order to obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) credential. In addition, graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia after gaining appropriate supervised practice and passing the State Composite board Examination for Professional Counselors.
RCCM 5706 Internship in Rehabilitation
The internship is designed to give the student practice in the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities. The student is required to complete six-hundred (600) clock hours of clinical experience as a student counselor or human services provider in an appropriate agency. In addition, the student must provide services to consumers with disabilities under the supervision of a qualified professional who has been designated as the agency field instructor. Two copies of the field instruction application should be completed and returned to the Field Instruction Coordinator for approval. The application for internship should be made one term prior to the semester in which the student anticipates participating in the internship. Late applications may be considered for the following semester.
To be eligible for RCCM 5706 - Internship in Rehabilitation , the student must have taken and satisfactorily completed the following courses and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better with no outstanding “Incomplete” grades:
RCCM 5403 Introduction to Rehabilitation
RCCM 5413 Introduction to Case Management
RCCM 5423 Medical Case Management 108
RCCM 5441 Practicum in Rehabilitation
COUN 5623 Counseling Theories and Process
Upon entering the Rehabilitation Counseling program, each student will be assigned an academic advisor. The academic advisor and student will jointly develop a program of study based on program requirements and the student’s area of interest. The program will contain both an academic and clinical component consisting of forty-one (41) semester hours of course work and seven (7) semester hours of practicum and internship. The program may be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time students typically complete the program in a two-year time frame.
Fully Online Program
Students may pursue Rehabilitation Counseling as a fully online program. For details especially related to being an online student, refer to www.fvsu.edu or go directly to http://fvsu.edu/online_education.
Summer Scheduling: Courses offered in the summer term are determined on a yearly basis, and published during the spring term. Students should be aware that summer school courses may be canceled if the minimum enrollment is not met.