The Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Program at the University of South Florida is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2023 and Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2018. The master's program is a 60 credit program and most students take 2‐3 years to complete.
The mission of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program is to promote quality behavioral health care for all, particularly people with disabilities, and to help the state and nation meet their human service and workforce needs in the area of rehabilitation and mental health counseling through teaching, research and service. The program prepares students with a solid grounding to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC).
U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools currently ranks the USF RMHC program 24th in the nation, which is a significant accomplishment compared to the 2010 listings where the program was ranked 39th of the 166 programs in the nation. The program is also the only program at State of Florida with the dual accreditation.
The training program admits an average 30-50 students yearly with high academic backgrounds. In 2014-2015, the grade point average (GPA) upon application is 3.5 and the acceptance rate is around 33%. In 2015-2016, 36 students graduated and the passing rate for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam was 95%.
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 agency (e.g., Veterans Administration), for-profit or non-profit agencies providing mental health counseling, private practice-rehabilitation, private practice-counseling, substance abuse treatment, and other community based settings (clinics, schools, workplace).