School of Education

Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

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Program Overview

The clinical rehabilitation counseling specialization prepares students to work in state organizations, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, and private practices, as well as in insurance rehabilitation, for advocacy groups, or as a consultant.

Drake University's clinical rehabilitation counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), so students will be eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam—which leads to certification in every state—during their last semester of coursework.

Program Requirements

The 60-credit hour rehabilitation program emphasizes field-based experiences, with six courses devoted to hands-on learning.  The program can be completed in two and a half years.

Course Credits
Core Courses  
COUN 200 - Introduction to the Counseling Profession 3
COUN 201 - Counseling Research 3
COUN 215 - Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Counseling 3
COUN 220 - Career Development and Occupational Information 3
COUN 221 - Methods and Procedures of Counseling 3
COUN 224 - Assessment of Families and Individuals 3
COUN 225 - Human Development and Life Issues 3
COUN 228 - Psychopathology and Psychiatric Disorders 3
COUN 236 - Group Procedures 3
COUN 240 - Theoretical Foundations of Family Counseling 3
COUN 245 - Counseling Diverse Populations 3
COUN 260 - Counseling Practicum 3
COUN 270 - Advanced Practicum 3
Clinical Rehabilitation Specialization Courses  
COUN 210 - Disability Policy 3
COUN 233 - Human Resource Field Work 3
COUN 246 - Medical Aspects 3
COUN 265 - Advanced Placement 3
COUN 292 - Rehabilitation Counseling Internship 1-6
Electives 3


  • Applications for this program are accepted for fall and spring start terms, with the following deadlines. All materials must be postmarked by the identified dates: 
    • Spring start-term: September 1
    • Fall start-term: February 15
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
Counseling Admission Requirements

This program has indicated specific essay requirements. This essay replaces the general admission essay required for other programs.

The paper should be a 5-page, double spaced statement of interest in the counseling profession.  It should include the following information:

  • Educational and professional background
  • Career aspirations with a counseling degree
  • Experience working with people who are different from you
  • Personal characteristics that will allow you to be a successful graduate student

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.