Rehabilitation Counseling

Department Details

Tammara P. Thomas, Ph.D., CRC, LCMHCA
South Carolina State University
Department of Human Services
Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program
Associate Professor
Turner Hall A-wing, 396

Program Overview

South Carolina State University’s Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling program revolves around three core elements: ethical behavior, diversity and individual differences, and critical thinking. Students experience rigorous coursework, and real-world experiences that help focus on creating positive social change for persons with disabilities, all led by experts in the field. Our dedicated and professional faculty infuse theory to practice into each course while also incorporating current research that guides the field of rehabilitation counseling.

Method of Instruction:

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program courses are offered in a face-to-face format with the option of two select approved online courses.


The Rehabilitation Counseling program at South Carolina State University is committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities by producing qualified professional rehabilitation counselors (i.e., Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC), National Certified Counselors (NCC), and /or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)) trained in the current best practices of rehabilitation services to work in public, private, State and Federal agencies serving a diverse state, region, and nation.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are:

  • To recruit qualified rehabilitation counselors-in-training who are committed to working with people with disabilities from widely diverse cultures, abilities, dispositions, and backgrounds.
  • To train future counselors in effective, sensitive strategies and methods of practice to assist persons from diverse background to obtain their maximum functioning in their community including work.
  • To retain counselors-in-training so that they may reach their maximum level of competency, preparation, and satisfaction in their chosen career.
  • To place trained rehabilitation counselors into community public, private, State or Federal agencies to serve persons with disabilities ethically, competently, and sensitively respectful of each person’s unique background, value systems, and abilities.
  • To provide the community with competent and current services and resources that improves the lives of persons with disabilities and, in turn, enriching the quality of life for all.
Program Highlights:
  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Earn your degree in 2 ½ years of full-time study
  • Program includes a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site
  • Extensive hands-on practicum and internship experiences
  • Specialized activities include providing evaluation, personal and vocational counseling, referral and support for independent living and advocacy
  • upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Licensed Professional counselor (LPC), and National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 10% from 2019 and 2029 as the population continues to age and the number of individuals living with disabilities increases.
Career Opportunities:
  • State rehabilitation agencies
  • Federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies
  • Mental health centers
  • Schools/School based Counselors
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Substance abuse agencies
  • Independent-living centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private practice
Admission Requirements

Persons desiring admission to the Rehabilitation Counseling Program must:

(1) meet all requirements for full admission to the Graduate School (see Graduate application link below);

(2) complete a Rehabilitation Counseling Program application, which includes a writing sample;

(3) successfully pass an interview conducted by the program’s Admission and Retention Committee; and

(4) have a 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA. While applicants with prior training and/or experience in the Human Services are preferred, others will be considered.

To complete the program successfully, in addition to the Graduate School requirements, student candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better in the Subject Matter courses (Section II below) and report a grade of B or better in each of the practicum and internships courses.

Rehabilitation Counseling Faculty

Bridget Hollis Staten, Ph.D., LPC-S Candidate, LPC, NCC
(803) 516-4765

Cassandra Sligh Conway, PhD, CRC, GCDF, aPHR
(803) 536-7075

Michelle Priester, RhD, CRC
Program Coordinator, Certificate in Addictions & Trauma
(803) 536-8908

CACREP Vital Statistics


Minimum Credit Hours: 60
Students Currently Enrolled: 37
New Students this Academic Year: 15
Applicants in the Past Year: 21
Graduates in the Past Year: 19
Licensure Exam Pass Rate: N/A
Job Placement Rate: 98%

Our innovative graduate Rehabilitation counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) met July 9-11, 2020 made a decision to extend the accredited status of the SCSU Rehabilitation Counseling program through the remainder of the accreditation cycle ending October 31, 2025. As part of our accreditation requirements from CACREP, the rehabilitation counseling program at SCSU must report the following vital statistics information annually.