Rehabilitation Studies


Your Future in Rehabilitation Studies

Do you have a strong desire to help others? Are you a positive influence on others? Do you want a career that challenges you with new experiences each day? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies at the University of North Texas.

Rehabilitation professionals serve individuals who have physical, mental and emotional disabilities and help them become productive and active citizens. The demand for new professionals is rising every year. Rehabilitation professionals work in:

  • Addiction treatment centers
  • Disability accommodation programs at schools and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics that treat people with head injuries
  • Independent-living and other community programs
  • Insurance companies
  • Mental health centers
  • Probation and parole offices
  • State and federal rehabilitation programs
  • Veterans Affairs centers

Many of our alumni hold executive positions with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

What we offer

The Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation administers an in-depth and wellrounded Rehabilitation Studies program that is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300; Schaumburg, Ill. 60173). We combine a comprehensive classroom curriculum with extensive practical experience in community placements. Opportunities are available to gain experience in our disability wellness and employment learning lab.

We offer many online and blended (part face-to- face, part online) courses, and our low student/ faculty ratio in required classes allows you to receive individual attention from instructors.

You’ll learn from faculty members who have years of experience in diverse human service delivery settings and are available for individual academic advising. They have worked as counselors for hospitals, mental health centers, state agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Because the department is a pre-service educational institution, our courses prepare you for licensing as a chemical dependency counselor. For information on licensure, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. We also offer a certificate in substance abuse and addictions.

Numerous scholarships are available to help you pursue your education. These scholarships are awarded based on academic standing and need.

We encourage you to participate in the North Texas Rehabilitation Association and the Active Minds organization, attend state and national conferences, and be part of campus activities related to rehabilitation studies. A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings students committed to community engagement together to enhance academic and social experiences.

What to expect

As a Rehabilitation Studies major, you will:

  • Explore the social, psychological and physical impact of disabilities
  • Understand the human service delivery system and how to effectively interact with other professionals
  • Gain skills in advocacy, case management, interpersonal communication and problem solving
  • Become knowledgeable about intervention techniques and providing services for people with disabilities

You will complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of rehabilitation studies courses with an opportunity to complete another 12 credit hours in a specialization or certificate program. You will also have the flexibility to add a related minor to your degree plan. A one-semester internship in a human service agency is required as part of a practicum course. You may select from a variety of programs and organizations to complete this 200-hour supervised internship.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

You must also complete an application to the undergraduate Rehabilitation Studies program in addition to applying to the university.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.