Program Information for the General Public

WebSite Updated - 02/05/2018

Status of the Program

The program is nationally accredited until 2025 by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs(CACREP)

Student Retention and Graduation by Year
During the Year 2014, the program had 9 students and had 4 graduate.
During the Year 2015, the program had 10 students and had 5 graduate.
During the Year 2016, the program had 10 students and had 4 graduate.
During the Year 2017, the program has 10 students and had 5 graduate.

Average time to complete the Program
Students typically complete the program in five (5) semesters.
Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring graduation.

Estimated total cost of attendance per semester
Semester tuition - $4000.00
Books & misc. - $450.00

Available Scholarships
See bottom of this page

Employment rate within first six (6) months following graduation
Many of this program's students become employed before they leave campus, often being offered the jobs they performed during their Internship/professional experience requirement during the last semester of the curriculum. The remaining graduates are tyically employed as professional rehabilitation counselors between 1 to 3 months following graduation.

Employment Setting where graduates Work
Graduates from this program are employed in a variety of public and private settings such as: State/Federal Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration(VA), Workers Compensation, Substance Abuse & other Mental Health Counseling agencies, Vocational Specialists for all major Insurance companies. Graduates are also emplyed with a variety of public non-profit agencies such as American Cancer Society, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and a number of specific impairment-related agencies and associations.

Eligibility for Licensure by Program graduates
Until January 2017, graduates from this program have applied for and been awarded Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) credentials to practice in Mississippi but also in other states such as New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado to name a few. There is no national licensure organization - licensure is awarded and maintained by state-level Boards within each state.

Passing rates of the comprehensive examination for the Master's degree
The Counseling programs Master-of-Science degree requires a comprehensive examination of all generic counseling and professional-specific (Mental Health, Rehabilitation, and School) subject matter.

Of the previous 35 rehabilitation counseling students sitting for the Comprehensive Examination (COMPS), only three (3) were required to re-take the exam and only one student failed both attempts and was terminated.

The faculty within the program are recognized on both national and international levels of performance. Whether that be as the president of the national rehabilitation counseling association, disability consultants for the World Health Organization or members of pivital associations and corporations Boards of Directors, these faculty are positively impacting how "impairment" is viewed in this complex and often turbulent world.

Scholarship Re-Awarded for Rehabilitation Counseling Students

In October 2015, Dr. Palmer was re-funded for an additional five-year long-term training grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

This grant funds the Rehabilitation Counseling Scholarship for students pursuing a Master's degree and intending to initially seek employment working with State/Federal VR and related agencies' rehabilitation counseling clients/consumers.

Students awarded an RC Scholarship receive on a semester basis their full tuition paid as well as receiving a monthly stiped of $400. This scholarship is only available to fulltime students who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

To receive a Scholarship, students must agree to an employment-based Pay-Back agreement. This agreement states that for each semester a student accepts this scholarship, they agree to acquire post-graduate employment dealing with State/Federal rehabilitation counseling clients/consumers for a period of one (1) year .

Please contact Dr. Palmer if you are interested in applying for this scholarship.

Charles D. Palmer, Ph.D., C.R.C.
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Program & Graduate Coordinator
Dept. of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Foundations
175 President's Circle, 508 Allen Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-7917 (voice) (email)

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