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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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With a degree in rehabilitation studies, make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Rehabilitation professionals serve individuals who have physical, mental and emotional disabilities and help them become productive and engaged citizens. The demand for new professionals is rising every year. Our bachelor's degree program combines classroom curriculum with practical experience in community service and involvement, guiding students to a fulfilling career in the vast field of rehabilitation.

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Why Earn a Rehabilitation Studies Degree?

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 helps them become productive and engaged citizens. The demand for new professionals is rising every year.

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 collaborate 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

In addition to pursuing the Rehabilitation Studies major, you can pursue 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. Examples include:

  • Addiction Studies minor
  • Substance Abuse Treatment certificate


Marketable Skills
  • Case management
  • Empathetic interpersonal communication
  • Vocational assessment and exploration
  • Holistic overview of disability culture
  • Substance use disorder treatment

Rehabilitation Studies Degree Highlights

Our Bachelor's Degree program combines classroom curriculum with practical experience in community service and involvement.
You'll learn from faculty members with years of experience working as counselors for hospitals, mental health centers, state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Our program supports the North Texas Rehabilitation Association and Eagle Peer Recovery student organizations. They can help further develop your skills and provide vital professional experiences.
UNT's Wellness and Employment Learning Lab (UNTWELL) was created in 2016 to provide services for students to assist with their personal and/or academic goals and provide hands-on learning opportunities for rehabilitation students.
RHS students are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the College of Health and Public Service and the Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services.
The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

What Can You Do With a Rehabilitation Studies Degree?

While many college graduates today are facing difficulties with employment, there is a rise in need for rehabilitation professionals. In fact, many alumni of the rehabilitation studies program hold executive positions with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The field of rehabilitation offers a large variety of career options. Rehabilitation professionals may work in:

  • Addiction treatment centers
  • Disability accommodation programs at schools and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics, treating individuals with head injuries
  • Independent living and community programs
  • Insurance companies
  • Mental health centers
  • State and federal rehabilitation programs
  • Probation and parole offices
  • Veteran affairs centers


Rehabilitation Studies Degree Courses You Could Take

Disability and Society (3 hrs)
Explores the historical and current treatment of persons with disabilities. Examines the impact of social institutions, public policy, and attitude on service provision, with emphasis on the impact current legislation and research have had on the marginalization and segregation of persons with disabilities.
Case Management in Rehabilitation (3 hrs)
Application of the rehabilitation model as an approach to individualized service delivery. Focuses on interviewing, assessment, individualized service planning and coordination of rehabilitation services.
Rehabilitation Service Delivery Systems (3 hrs)
Reviews rehabilitation services within their organizational contexts. Examines service delivery models and dynamics, as well as their application through public and private resources. Includes review of program evaluation strategies, field visits and review of practicum application process.
Physical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3 hrs)
Stages of adjustment to disability, impact of age at onset, impact on family. Introduction to consumer-based health perspectives. Overview of etiology, progression and treatment of major disabling conditions related to cognition, emotion and addiction and other disorders related to the nervous system. Includes the interplay of physical, psycho-social and vocational implications of these disorders.
Introduction to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (3 hrs)
Overview of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation for students who are interested in providing services to individuals with severe mental illnesses (psychiatric disabilities). Review of the principles and values of psychiatric rehabilitation, emphasizing consumer empowerment and recovery. Covers a brief history of the field, current practice models and identifying important issues facing the psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner today.
Microcounseling (3 hrs)
Microcounseling skills and case presentation. Students learn and practice specific interpersonal communication and microcounseling skills related to human service delivery.

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