The graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at The University of Texas-Pan American recently received national accreditation from the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), becoming only the fifth higher education institution in Texas to do so.
"We are proud of receiving CORE accreditation, as they have very stringent requirements on curricula," said Dr. Bruce Reed, program coordinator at UTPA. "Receiving accreditation indicates we're on the right track in providing quality education."
CORE approved national accreditation status for the degree, which is offered by the Rehabilitative Services Program in UTPA's College of Health Sciences and Human Services, at the organization's July meeting in Chicago.
"The final report issued by CORE regarding UTPA's program was very complimentary of the quality and content of the master's curriculum," said Dr. Irmo Marini, graduate coordinator for the program. "In addition, the program was commended on the qualifications of its faculty and strong administrative support. With this national accreditation, a graduating student will now be immediately eligible to sit for certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor."
The graduate program in rehabilitation counseling is a 48-semester credit hour counseling degree specializing in preparing students to work with persons with disabilities. The program includes a 100-hour supervised practicum and 600-hour supervised internship as well as a thesis option. The degree is designed to meet the standards required for students to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC); students also may obtain the necessary coursework to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam.
Scholarships that pay $800 per month living expenses plus tuition may be available for qualifying students.
Only four other schools in Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - offer programs that are accredited by CORE.
"There continues to exist a shortage of qualified professional rehabilitation counselors in the Valley as well as in the state, and we're doing our part to help alleviate that shortage," Reed said. UTPA's rehabilitation counseling program is currently accepting applications for Spring 2000 with an application deadline of Nov. 1, 1999. For more information or an application packet, call Marini or Reed at 956/316-7036.