Your Future in Rehabilitation Studies

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 Workforce Commission.

What we offer

We combine a comprehensive classroom curriculum with extensive practical experience in community placements. This results in an in-depth and well-rounded education. Students also have the opportunity to pursue the major requirements for this degree fully online or on campus.

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:

  • Addiction Studies minor
  • 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 and the Active Minds and Eagle Peer Recovery student organizations. They can help further develop your skills and provide vital professional experiences.

We also support the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program, which uses existing resources to enhance opportunities for students recovering from substance use disorders, behavioral (process) addictions and mental health concerns.

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 also is required. You may select from a variety of programs and organizations to fulfill the internship.

The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of 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.