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Rehabilitation Counseling: Program Outcomes

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health (MSED) and the Rehabilitation Counseling (MSED) programs at Hofstra University. University-wide information on enrollment, graduates and student achievement can be found at:

Please contact Dr. Andrea Nerlich (Email) for detailed information on program-specific enrollments and graduates. Other program outcome information may be found here.

Program Performance Information:

  • Student Retention Rate

    Student Retention Rate

    Since 2010, we have recruited approximately 75 students into the program with 52% who have graduated and 37% who are currently active in the program. Approximately, 6% of students have left the program and 4% of students are on academic leave for various reasons (e.g. medical, financial, Hurricane Sandy, etc.). The program’s high retention rate is in part a product of the efforts put forth by faculty to work individually with students to ensure they are academically supported to keep up with the rigor of the program. Reasons, however, for students leaving the program were primarily due to personal family matters followed by financial challenges.

  • Estimate Cost of Attendance

    Estimate Cost of Attendance

    The rates for graduate courses per credit may change on a yearly basis. For up to date information, visit the Bursar site.

  • Financial Support for Students

    Financial Support for Students

    Currently, the Rehabilitation Counseling Program has two federal long-term training grants through the Rehabilitation Service Administration. Funds from these grants are used to cover some of the tuition costs incurred by students in the program. Those who are interested are required to submit an application each semester for consideration of funding. Although we are unable to support every student in the program, an effort is made to distribute the funds across as many students as possible.

    Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance via the Rehabilitation Counseling Provost Fund. Every year, the Provost’s Office allocates a dollar amount to the Rehabilitation Counseling Program. These funds are then distributed to students in the fall, spring, and summer. Students are required to apply if they are interested in being considered for funding.

    In addition, every spring the Provost’s Office collects applications for the Provost’s Scholarship in the amount of $3500 with one award granted to a student in each graduate program. Students who have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher and are matriculated in the program are eligible to apply. The award is then given to the student for the fall semester.

    The University also posts other scholarships that are available to students through the Graduate Admissions Office. Please click here for more details.

    In addition, the University has a number of graduate assistantships that students may apply for as well as other University positions that offer tuition remission. Please visit the URL for Human Resources at hofstra.edu/hr for more details.

    Lastly, students may contact Student Financial Services at (516) 463-8000 to discuss student loans and other financial options to cover tuition costs.

  • Employment Rate of Students Upon Graduation

    Employment Rate of Students Upon Graduation

    Job placement rates in the Rehabilitation Counseling Programs are considered to be exceptional for students. Approximately 75% of students are already employed by the time they graduate from the program. Within six months, 94% of the students in the program are actively employed. Based on our most recent alumni survey (2013), those not working, reported that they were either in the process of still searching or they delayed their search for various reasons including family/personal needs, getting married, pursuing another degree.

  • Employment Settings Where Graduates Work

    Employment Settings Where Graduates Work

    Students in our program work in a variety of settings in the field. Based on our most recent alumni survey in 2013, approximately 17% of graduates are working for State Vocational Rehabilitation, 8% for the Veterans Affairs, and 75% for community-based organizations (CBO). Some of the CBOs our alumni work in are: comprehensive rehabilitation centers, mental health clinics, rehabilitation hospitals, and drug and alcohol agencies.

  • Eligibility of Students in the Program for the NYS MHC License

    Eligibility of students in the program for the NYS MHC License

    Based on our 2013 alumni survey, 50% of the respondents graduated from the combined program in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health. These individuals are therefore academically eligible for New York State Mental Health Counseling (NYS MHC) licensing. Of this group, 33% are currently licensed. The remaining 67% all reported working towards their clinical hours to take the exam. It should be noted that approximately 70% of our current students are in the combined program of Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health. This percentage has steadily been rising since the combined program was implemented in 2007. Therefore, we expect the number of graduates becoming licensed to increase within the next five years.

  • Passing of the Comprehensive Measures (CRC Exam & Comprehensive Portfolio)

    Passing of the Comprehensive Measures
    (CRC Exam & Comprehensive Portfolio)

    During the final semester in the program, students are required to complete a comprehensive portfolio and an oral defense. Each student is given his/her own case study along with selected CORE & CACREP standards. They are required to develop a portfolio with respect to the case study that specifically addresses the standards. Following submission of the portfolio, students are scheduled for an oral defense where they are challenged by faculty with questions about the case in an effort to demonstrate their competency. 100% of our students completing the portfolio are successful in passing both the written and oral components. About 40% of students pass on the first written attempt while 60% of students are required to rewrite portions of their portfolio. 100% of the students pass the oral defense on the first attempt.

    Between the Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2016, eighty-five percent (85%) of graduating students who took the National Certified Rehabilitation Counseling Exam passed. Those who did not pass, report that they intend to retake the exam within the next year. The program offers CRC Review Sessions to students or graduates planning to take the exam. Feedback indicates that these sessions are helpful in preparing for the exam.

  • Number of Graduates/Completion Rate

    Number of Graduates/Completion Rate

    From the Fall of 2015 to the Spring of 2016, 10 students graduated; 9 from the Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health (RCMH) Program and 1 from the Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) Program. The completion rate of 2½ years is about 40% for students in the RCMH program. For those in the RC program, the completion rate of 2 years is 50%. While it is feasible for students to finish in the expected timeframes indicated, they are often balancing work, family, and school demands which may influence how quickly they move through the program.