School of Education

Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling

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Program Overview

The Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization will prepare you to work in state organizations, Veterans Administration, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, and private practice, as well as in insurance rehabilitation, for advocacy groups, or as a consultant.


Program Requirements

The 60-credit hour rehabilitation counseling program emphasizes field-based experiences. 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 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 245 - Counseling Diverse Populations 3
COUN 250 - Trauma and Crisis 3
COUN 260 - Counseling Practicum 3
Clinical Rehabilitation Specialization Courses  
COUN 210 - Disability Policy 3
COUN 216 - Theory and Techniques of Counseling 3
COUN 233 - Human Resource Field Work 3
COUN 244 - Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 3
COUN 246 - Medical Aspects 3
COUN 265 - Advanced Placement 3
COUN 292 - Rehabilitation Counseling Internship 6
COUN 298 - Ethics in Counseling 3
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
    • Summer and 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 statement of interest requirements. This statement of interest replaces the general admission statement of interest 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
  • What do you think is one of the more prominent or pressing issues in the area of counseling? (school/clinical mental health/rehabilitation)

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.