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Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling

The Rehabilitation Counseling program at South Carolina State University is committed to improving the lives of people 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 and nation.

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program is designed to be flexible so that it may meet the needs of individual students. All courses are offered in a face-to-face format with the option of four approved online courses.

What are my options in the program?

SC State offers four tracts for students in the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Multicultural and Diversity Counseling
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Community Mental Health Agency Counseling

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

How can I use my degree?

Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Career opportunities include:

  • State rehabilitation agencies
  • Federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies
  • Mental health centers
  • Schools
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Substance abuse agencies
  • Independent-living centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private practice

How can I get professional experience?

The Rehabilitation Program includes a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site.
Specialized activities include providing evaluation, personal and vocational counseling, referral and support for independent living and advocacy.

Years needed to complete on average
Growth expected in the job market
Job placement of our graduates

The Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Association is an advocacy group in support of disability rights for the South Carolina State University community and the community as a whole. The organization provides a student liaison between faculty and students and the opportunity for networking among rehabilitation professionals. Some of our other goals are to promote the Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling to undergraduate students, assist students with their Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination by creating semester study groups, volunteer opportunities with agencies and organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities among many others.


Dr. Bridget Hollis Staten

Dr. Bridget Hollis Staten

Dr. Cassandra Sligh Conway

Dr. Cassandra Sligh Conway

Michelle Priester

Michelle Priester

Program Coordinator, Certificate in Addictions & Trauma 

Vital Statistics

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 SC State must report the following vital statistics information annually.

  • 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%