The Department

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Founded in 1955, the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling serves as a national leader in the professional preparation of certified rehabilitation and licensed professional counselors, who exercise skill and competence on a high ethical level and with personal integrity.

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The department enjoys solid relationships with many community organizations that serve as excellent sites for clinical training. Our experienced faculty members, accomplished in rehabilitation endeavors, are committed to the development of their students’ skills as well as the lifelong enhancement of their own.

Program Outcome Data

VCU RC Program Assessment 2020

Core program data:

Student Enrollment:

YearStudents
Fall 202098
2019-202084
2018-201986
2017-201864
2016-201766
2015-201666
2014-201575

Student Graduation:       

YearStudents
2019-202031
2018-201921
2017-201815
2016-201728
2015-201623
2014-201518

 Student Retention Rate (Fall 2019 - Summer 2020)

88%

Average Time to Complete Program

Full Time      2 years or less   (12 credits per semester, including 6 credits summer)
Part Time     4 years or less    (6 credits per semester, including 3 credits summer)

Employment Rate of Graduates within the first 6 months following Graduation

93.3%

Eligibility for Licensure by Program Graduates

Students are eligible to sit for the CRC examination

Students are eligible for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Virginia (following residency) 

Employment Settings

Graduates work across many employment settings to include:

  • Business and Industry
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Community Rehabilitation Programs
  • Corrections Facilities
  • Independent Living Facilities
  • K-12 Schools
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Private Rehabilitiation Companies
  • Private Practice/Self-Employed
  • State Rehabilitation Agencies
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Worker's Compensation Agencies

Passing Rates for Comprehensive Measure of Student Learning

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling previously required that each student sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination prior to Graduation. While we no longer require this, our students have performed well on the CRC comprehensive exam falling at or above the national pass rate. (See table below for results)

Date

VCU

Number Sitting

 VCU

Number  Passing

VCU

Passage
Percentage

All Candidate:

Sitting

All Candidate:

Passing

All Candidate:

Passage Percentage

10/2014 – 7/2015

10

7

70%

1,249

903

72%

10/2015 –

7/2017

24

22

92%

1,249

903

72%

10/2017 –

10/2018

9

6

67%

Not

Available

Not

Available

58%

10/2018 – 7/2019

10

8

80%

Not

Available

Not

Available

60%

The Department was unable to procure pass rates for the National Certified Counselor Examination at the time of this report.

Possible Scholarships for students in good standing:

Awards vary in amount. Scholarship Committee is responsible for vetting students:

  • Anne Chandler Award
  • Marjorie Howard Memorial Award
  • Marcia Lawton Quality of Life Award
  • Richard Hardy Award
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Award
  • Blair Craig Memorial Award
  • A.D. Williams