Department of Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services

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Why Choose Rehabilitation Services?

The rehabilitation services program will train you to work in human service agencies that serve people who have disabilities, are homeless, are involved in the court system, use assistive technology, and in a variety of other circumstances. Some common entry points for you would be in case management, employment services, assistive technologies, court systems, and social services. The program also prepares you for graduate study in rehabilitation counseling or related fields. Curriculum flexibility allows you to develop a program that reflects your special interests.

Related Program

Minor in Rehabilitation Services

Contact Information

Stephen Fortson, Chair, Human Services
108M Allyn Hall
937-775-2075
stephen.fortson@wright.edu


Careers

Employment Options For the Rehabilitation Services Graduate

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, performance activities in the human resources area for industries with the highest published employment and wages includes employment specialist who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.

Vocational Rehabilitation Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Vocational Evaluator
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Work Adjustment Specialist
  • Children's Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Worker
  • Intake Specialist
  • Case Manager for the Court System
  • Rehabilitation Technician
  • Case Manager for Children's Services
  • Disability Services Office Technician
  • Case Manager for Persons with MR/DD
  • Supportive Employment Specialist
  • Case Manager for Persons with Mental Illness
  • Private Practice Rehabilitation
  • Specialist with People Who are HIV or have AIDS
  • Independent Living Center Employee
  • Group Home/Residential Specialist
  • Suicide Prevention Specialist
  • Adoption Worker
  • Human Services Worker
  • Job Placement Specialist
  • Worker With Women Who Are Battered
  • Job Coach
  • Sheltered Workshop Employee
  • Habilitation Specialist
  • Community Awareness Coordinator
  • Parole Officer/Probation Officer
  • Workshop Specialist
  • Worker with People Who are Homeless
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Transition Specialist
  • Grief Specialist
  • Prosthetics Designer
  • Rehabilitation Technologist
  • Behavior Management Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Supportive Services Specialist
  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Disability Services Specialist
  • CASA Case Manager
  • Case Services Specialist
  • Victim Advocate
  • Opportunity to become a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

View the rehabilitation services program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.


Real-World Experience

Internship

In addition to classroom training, you can pursue an internship opportunity that fits your needs and interests within the rehabilitation field. Internship availability is endless, and even can take you to New Zealand!

Further educational opportunity involves a study abroad trip to the United Kingdom! View the brochure (PDF) for more information regarding this opportunity.

All rehabilitation services majors must complete 400 clock hours of practical experience at a rehabilitation/human service agency. This requirement may be satisfied during the senior year by spending one or two semesters at an approved internship site. The one-semester internship requires students to work 25 hours per week for 16 weeks. Students may register for a two-semester placement which requires 12.5 hours of work per week for 32 weeks. Rehabilitation services minors are required to complete a 200 clock hour internship. Each semester a student registers for an internship, the student is required to pay a lab fee. This is added to the student's tuition.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete all of the requirements at one agency. Spending substantial time with a single agency allows for a more meaningful and rewarding experience. Agencies accept and treat students as entry-level employees who can make meaningful contributions to service delivery programs. This is best accomplished by spending enough time at the agency to become knowledgeable of and involved in the day-to-day operations. Internship students are involved in interviewing, case recording, teaching job seeking and independent living skills, attending staff meetings, contacting resources, in service activities, follow-up activities, etc. Generally, students do not receive remuneration for their services. The reward is having the opportunity to learn from professional people who are extremely competent in providing services to people with disabilities and other life-altering experiences.

Completed applications for an internship must be turned in to the undergraduate rehabilitation services program advisor by the second Friday of the semester, prior to the semester in which the internship is to be completed. Late applications will result in the student completing their internship one semester later than anticipated.

All internship students must be enrolled in the College of Education and Human Services as a student majoring or minoring in rehabilitation services. In addition, students must have satisfactorily ("C" or above) completed the rehabilitation courses and a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Students should have general education requirements and elective hours completed, also. Occasionally, students are permitted to take one course concurrently with an internship. This must be approved by the undergraduate rehabilitation services program director.

Requirements

  • Have Application for Rehabilitation Services Internship completed by an Academic Advisor in 378 Allyn Hall.
  • Provide proof of membership in a rehabilitation professional organization, a copy of membership card or welcome email.
  • Provide proof of professional liability insurance (a copy of HPSO liability certificate required).
  • One copy of resume.
  • One copy of three professional references.
  • Proof of registration with Career Services.
  • Completed and signed Service Learning Agreement form.

Attend a mandatory meeting with the program director to go over internship course (RHB 4900) requirements.

NOTE: All of the above are due to 108 Allyn Hall by the close of the workday the second Friday of the semester prior to the semester that the internship will be done. The student will contact internship sites and interview for the internship after discussing the internship with the rehabilitation services faculty coordinator.


Success Stories

Wright State alum Teri Dwillis '14 gives wings to young mothers in her role at Catholic Social Services.

Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategies in the Academic Catalog.


Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Direct admit from high school:
    • Earned cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.25 or a score of at least 22 ACT/1030 SAT.
  • Current Wright State or transfer students:
    • An earned eighteen credit hours and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.35.

Admission Process

1

New Students

Apply to Wright State.

2

Current Wright State Students in Other Colleges

Submit Major/Minor Change Request form online in WINGS Express. (Select the "Registration and Records" menu and then the "Major/Minor Change Request" option.)


Tuition and Aid

Estimated Cost of Tuition and Fees per Term

  • On average there are lab and classroom fees in the general education. They are around $100 per semester.
  • Books and supplies average around $700.
  • Undergrad admission degree fee is $30.
  • Students do have the option to purchase health insurance.

Wright State Tuition and Fees

Alyce Earl-Jenkins Scholarship for Rehabilitation Majors

Successful applicants will be chosen from undergraduate rehabilitation services majors who have earned a 3.0 GPA and are enrolled in the rehabilitation internship requirement. Scholarships are awarded through the Wright State scholarship system so any additional information about deadlines, materials to submit, and the actual application can be located at RaiderConnect's scholarship search.

Financial Aid Sources


Professional Opportunities

Your college career is the time to begin developing professional relationships that you will use to begin your chosen career upon graduation from college. A wide array of opportunities are available. It may be difficult to participate in all activities, maintain good grades, and prepare for the future; however, it is important to begin the process and develop several nurturing relationships that can be expanded and developed as your career begins.

National Organizations

  • The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) is the professional organization that represents rehabilitation professionals. When a person joins NRA, the person automatically becomes a member of the state chapter of NRA in the state that the person resides. In Ohio, you become a member of the Ohio Rehabilitation Association (ORA). Additionally, you automatically will become a member of the regional chapter in your state.
  • The National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA) is a professional organization that represents rehabilitation counselors. It is an independent rehabilitation association that publishes a peer-reviewed journal four times per year and focuses on issues that relate to the field of rehabilitation counseling.
  • The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). You must join the American Counseling Association to join ARCA.
  • The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) is the premier global association for professionals involved in private rehabilitation.

Wright State Student Organization

The Rehabilitation Services Organization (RSO) at Wright State prepares rehabilitation service and counseling students with experiences that will enable them to meet and network with professionals working in the field of rehabilitation. RSO provides students with the opportunity to assume leadership roles and become involved in their profession. RSO is affiliated with the Ohio Rehabilitation Association (ORA), which is a chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association. Board members must be National Rehabilitation Association members; however other student members of other professional organization may join RSO.


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