Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

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Empower others to achieve their potential as a rehabilitation counselor

Helping people with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities become self-sufficient citizens is central to rehabilitation counseling. Mercer University’s CACREP-accredited* Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares graduates to help individuals become more independent through rehabilitation services.

Mercer’s program offers:

  • A comprehensive curriculum with research opportunities
  • A scholarship program for qualified students through the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) grant
  • Relevant internship experience to apply classroom knowledge
  • Preparation for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) licensure exams

Students must also complete the National Counselor Examination (NCE), the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRC), and postgraduate counseling experience for professional licensure.

In 2022, program graduates achieved a 95% first-time pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores that are above the national average for other counseling programs.

Designed for busy and working adults

The M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta campus, and some required courses are also available online. Classes meet one night per week, and students can enroll in January, May, or August. Courses are scheduled in 16-week semesters.

Students may pursue the degree on a part-time or full-time basis. Completion time is typically 30-42 months for a full-time student, though additional time may be necessary to satisfy clinical fieldwork.

Build a career helping persons with disabilities

Mercer’s clinical rehabilitation counseling program prepares graduates for counseling roles in a variety of settings including:

  • Correctional Facilities
  • Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
  • Human Service Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Private Practices
  • Rehabilitation Hospitals
  • Veterans Affairs

*The Clinical Rehabilitation Health Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Visit our Outcomes page to learn more.

Learn more about our Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program

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Meet Our Professors

Our highly-qualified faculty bring years of relevant experience to the classroom and prepare students to provide rehabilitation services and help individuals become independent.

I have gained a lot of experience writing in this program and that has sharpened my skills. The most valuable course in my Mercer career thus far has been on group counseling and group work, which has given me further confidence in my abilities. The feedback from faculty has been helpful and has ultimately equipped me for the betterment of our future clients. What the professors say and what they’re teaching us is congruent with who they are as professionals.

Leslie Preveaux, M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling ’21

Mercer’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum helps develop decision-making skills that keep you from being fearful of unpredictable outcomes in the counseling field. The program is also taught by professors who have worked as Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors, so they are able to tell you what they have experienced and what we should expect.

Alex Toliver, M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling ’19

One of my oldest and dearest friends has a significant physical disability. She uses a wheelchair and needs assistance with her activities of daily living. Mercer’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program seemed like a perfect fit for me to help address these issues. The ability to take evening classes has allowed me to work, raise my kids, and earn another degree.

Janice Barrocas, M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling ’20

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.