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Program Outcomes

2016 Annual Report

2017 RMHC grads

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2024. The program also received six years of accreditation from CACREP, until 2022.The Program offers a master's degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling and two graduate certificates. The two certificates offered are:

  1. Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
  2. Marriage and Family Therapy

The mission of the RMHC Program is to promote quality services for individuals with differences in abilities and to help the state meet its human service needs in the areas of rehabilitation and mental health through teaching, research and service. The RMHC Program offers both a non-thesis and thesis program. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination to assess student learning across all CORE and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) knowledge domains covered in the standards is required of all students before the degree is awarded.

In keeping with CORE standards, the program fosters continuing public awareness and confidence about academic quality.

Table 1: Enrollment, Graduation, and Employment Data
YEAR 2013 – 2014 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016
ENROLLMENT 155 188 162
GRADUATED 47 32 22
EMPLOYED 56* 36* 32*
EMPLOYMENT RATE 88% 87% 100%

* Data in this cell reflects the number of graduates who were employed the previous year.
** Data in this cell is yet to be determined from the next Student survey.

Where Do Our Graduates Work?

Employment settings where graduates work include state vocational rehabilitation agencies, not-for-profit rehabilitation facilities or community-based rehabilitation programs, federal agencies (e.g., Veterans Administration), for-profit or non-profit agencies providing mental health counseling, private practice-rehabilitation, private practice-counseling, substance abuse treatment, and non-rehabilitation settings (e.g., public schools).

Licensure and Certification

Length of Time, Cost of Program, & Scholarship Availability

The average time to complete the degree is usually 7 semesters for full-time students. The average cost to complete the 60 credit hour program is $25,886 for residents and $52,630 for non-residents. The programs offer the following scholarships: Calvin M. Pinkard Scholarship Fund, Marriage and Family Therapy Fund, the R.M.H.C. Student Textbook Scholarship, and the Rehabilitation Services Administration Scholarship.

Additional Student Outcome Data

Additional student outcome data is required by CORE, the University, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Data are evaluated on two metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation:

  1. A comprehensive examination that is administered in fall and spring semesters; and
  2. Employment status one year following graduation.

In addition to the required courses and a total of 60 semester hours, all students must pass a final written comprehensive examination to measure student competency prior to receiving the master's degree. The comprehensive examination is comprised of questions across fifteen knowledge domains underlying rehabilitation and mental health counseling. The knowledge domains are based on the standards set by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Comprehensive Examination

Criterion: 90% of students will achieve a score of 80% or higher

Date N= Number of students achieving a score of 80% or higher Percentage of students achieving a score of 80% or higher
November 2015 N=9 9 100%
March/June 2016 N=20 19 95%

All RMHC program graduates are eligible for certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC) by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and licensure by the State of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Data was collected for graduates between 20013 and 2016 regarding CRC certification and LMHC licensure. Over the period for which data is available for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, around 65% of program graduates completed the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination.

Faculty

The RMHC program has a highly qualified faculty who are active locally, nationally and internationally. Their research and creative activity rank among the highest in academic literature, funding and awards annually. Faculty maintain a very active teaching portfolio and work closely with students as mentors and researchers. Currently, the program has four full-time (4.0 FTE) tenure-track faculty, three and three-fifth (2.60 FTE) clinical faculty, one (1.0 FTE) research faculty and 9 part-time (5.75FTE) adjunct faculty members. The faculty student ratio is 1:7 for full-time students and 1:4 for part-time students. Tenure-track and clinical faculty serve as advisors to full-time and part-time students. Faculty teaching effectiveness is based on, among other measures, the Student Assessment of Instruction, an instrument that is required by the University. The average rating of overall teaching effectiveness for 2016 was approximately 4.63/5.0.

National Ranking

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools rankings released in March 2015 listed our Department at 24th in the nation, which is a significant accomplishment compared to the 2010 listings where the Department was ranked 39th of the 166 programs in the nation.