Rehabilitation Studies


Your Future in Rehabilitation Studies

Are you a patient person? Have you developed and maintained good working relationships with employers? Do you want a career that provides 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
  • Hospitals and clinics that treat people with head injuries
  • Independent-living and other community programs
  • Programs that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Mental health centers
  • Probation and parole offices
  • 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

Our Rehabilitation Studies program is one of only 10 in the nation 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. This results in an in-depth and well-rounded education. Courses are offered online and in blended format (part face-to-face learning and part online learning).

You’ll also receive individual attention from instructors because of the low student/faculty ratio in required classes.

In addition to pursuing the Rehabilitation Studies major, you can pursue several specialized minors and academic certificates. The minors and certificates can prepare you for state licensing exams or be used for other personal or professional application. They are:

  • Drug Abuse and Addiction minor
  • Human Services minor
  • Drug and Alcohol Studies certificate
  • Rehabilitation Studies certificate
  • Substance Abuse Treatment certificate

You’ll learn from faculty members who have years of experience working as counselors for hospitals, mental health centers, state agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Our program supports the North Texas Rehabilitation Association, Active Minds and Eagle Peer Recovery student organizations. They can help further develop your skills and provide vital professional experiences.

The UNT SERVES! living-learning community brings together students committed to community engagement to enhance academic and social experiences.

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

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’ll complete 30 credit hours of rehabilitation studies and addictions courses with an opportunity to complete another 12 in a specialization or certificate program.

A one-semester, 200-hour minimum supervised internship in a human service agency is also required. You may select from a variety of programs and organizations to fulfill the internship.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources 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 ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org 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 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.