The mission of the Master’s Program in Rehabilitation Counseling is to focus on the development of well-rounded bilingual academic curriculum that incorporates classroom, clinical, research and community experience to prepare competent rehabilitation professionals to satisfy the social and employment integration needs of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses in Puerto Rico and the United States.
- To provide a well-balanced program of academic coursework and supervised clinical field experience necessary to develop the attitudes, knowledge, values, and skills required of effective and ethical professional Rehabilitation Counselors.
- To provide qualified licensed and certified bilingual counselors to the Vocational Rehabilitation System, Community-Based Organizations, Hospitals and Governmental Agencies, especially in the southern and western regions of Puerto Rico and in the United States.
- To provide continuing education and career development opportunities for practicing Rehabilitation Professionals in Puerto Rico.
- To develop highly professional Rehabilitation Counselors who integrate their knowledge of the discipline with a high degree of personal integrity and commitment to promoting the dignity, equality and societal inclusion of individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
- To foster the scientific research of topics related to disabilities and rehabilitation services, with special emphasis on Puerto Rican and Hispanic populations.
1. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
2. Minimum GPA of 2.75.
3. 400 points on the EXADEP graduate admissions standardized test.
4. Three letters of recommendation, including one from a professor.
5. Successful completion of an interview with the Committee of Admissions of the program.
6. To have completed the following pre-requisites at baccalaureate level:
A. Social Research
B. Statistics (3 credits)
7. To demonstrate basic knowledge (literacy) of computers.
NOTE: The committee of admissions will be able to grant the applicants who do not fulfill all the pre-requisites, a provisional admission. Under this category, the students will be able to combine up to six (6) credits of Masters and later fulfill the requirements.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2018 www.core-rehab.org The master’s degree program provides both a full-time and part-time program. Our Program goal is to admit approximately 20 students in each graduate cohort. Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different evidence-based competencies that are part of the overall program evaluation.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2018 www.core-rehab.org. The master’s degree program provides both a full-time and part-time program of study. The program goal is to admit approximately 20 students for each fall semester. Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different evidence-based competencies that are part of the overall program evaluation.
Currently, the graduate program has a total of 64 students. The average grade point of students in the program is 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
For the 2010-2013 academic year, 43 students have graduated. The student retention rate of students who enrolled and graduated for this 3 year period was 89%. Approximately, the time to complete the program ranges from 2 to 3 years. The estimated cost for program attendance is $16,407. Upon completion of the Master in Social Science in Rehabilitation Counseling’s degree, students are eligible to take the Rehabilitation Counselor Licensing Exam required by Puerto Rico’s Government Department of Health offered during the months of October and March. Up to date, a total of 77% of students passed the licensing exam and 70% of graduates of those who registered to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification passed the exam. Of our program graduates 92% are employed or pursuing advanced academic degrees.
All of the students are from Puerto Rico, including a large number of students with disabilities. The Program has one RSA Long Term Training grant that provides 8 students per semester in the form of tuition and stipends.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND STIPENDS
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PUCPR) is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) of Higher Education. The students in the Rehabilitation Counseling program are bicultural, typically from areas surrounding the city of Ponce. Of particular importance to the Rehabilitation Counseling program is the opportunity to increase the supply of qualified and highly skilled rehabilitation counselors. The program has received a five year grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services that offers a limited number (8) of academic scholarships and monthly stipends to our students with promising academic performance and potential. All of the students are from Puerto Rico, including a large number of students with disabilities. The Program has one RSA Long Term Training grant that provides 8 students per semester in the form of tuition and stipends.
- The Administration of Vocational Rehabilitation of Puerto Rico
- State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies in PR and the USA
- The Veteran Services and Social Security Administration
- People with Disabilities Advocate’s Office
- Community-Based Rehabilitation Programs
- Centers for Independent Living
- Private Rehabilitation Agencies.
- Insurance Companies.
- Hospitals and Mental Health Agencies
- College and University Campuses.
- Department of Education K-12