Rehabilitation professionals serve individuals who have physical, mental and emotional disabilities and help them become productive and active citizens. The demand for new professionals is rising every year.
Rehabilitation professionals work in:
- Addiction treatment centers
- Disability accommodation programs at schools and universities
- Hospitals and clinics that treat people with head injuries
- Independent-living and other community programs
- Insurance companies
- Mental health centers
- Probation and parole offices
- State and federal rehabilitation programs
- Veterans Affairs centers
Many of our alumni hold executive positions with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.
What we offer
The Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation administers an in-depth and well rounded Rehabilitation Studies program that is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. We combine a comprehensive classroom curriculum with extensive practical experience in community placements. Opportunities are available to gain experience in our disability wellness and employment learning lab.
You'll learn from faculty members who have years of experience in diverse human service delivery settings and are available for individual academic advising. They have worked as counselors for hospitals, mental health centers, state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
We offer many online and blended (part face-to-face, part online) courses, and our low student/faculty ratio in required classes allows you to receive individual attention from instructors.
What to expect
As a Rehabilitation Studies major, you will:
- Explore the social, psychological and physical impact of disabilities
- Understand the human service delivery system and how to effectively interact with other professionals
- Gain skills in advocacy, case management, interpersonal communication and problem solving
- Become knowledgeable about intervention techniques and providing services for people with disabilities
You will complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of rehabilitation studies courses with an opportunity to complete another 12 credit hours in a specialization or certificate program. You will also have the flexibility to add a related minor to your degree plan.
A one-semester internship in a human service agency is required as part of a practicum course. You may select from a variety of programs and organizations to complete this 200-hour supervised internship.
So, if you have a strong desire to help others, then you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies at the University of North Texas.