Department of Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services

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Why Choose the Rehabilitation Services Program?

The rehabilitation services program trains graduates 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 are in case management, employment services, assistive technologies, court systems, and social services. The program also prepares students for graduate study in rehabilitation counseling or related fields. Curriculum flexibility attracts students who are interested in developing a program to reflect their special interests.

In addition to classroom training, the rehabilitation services program offers an internship opportunity that fits each student to their 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.

Related Program

Minor in Rehabilitation Services

Contact Information

Program Director, Dr. Gina Oswald
108R Allyn Hall
(937) 775-3270
gina.oswald@wright.edu


Academics, Curriculum, and Advising Information


Admission and Aid

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

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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.)

Estimated Cost of Tuition and Fees per Term

  • A full time in state student taking between 11-18 semester credit hours pays on average $4,365 a semester. This is not including room and board.
  • Part-time students in state taking less than 10.5 semester credit hours, pay per semester hour $394 an hour. This is not including room and board.
  • 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. Those fees are:
    • $591 Fall term
    • $506 Spring term
    • $453 Summer term

Wright State Tuition and Fees

Alyce Earl-Jenkins Scholarship for Rehabilitation Majors

Successful applicants will be chosen from undergraduate Rehabilitation Services majors who have obtained a 3.0 GPA and are enrolled in the Rehabilitation Internship requirement. Scholarships are awarded through the WSU scholarship system so any additional information about deadlines, materials to submit, and the actual application can be located at https://www.wright.edu/raiderconnect/financial-aid/scholarship-search

Financial Aid Sources


Careers and Success Stories

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

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

Student Retention Rate and Rehabilitation-related Employment Rate of Graduates

Student retention rate to include the number of students enrolled in the major and graduate each year during the previous three-year period.

Year

Enrolled

Graduate

Retention Rate

Masters Wright State

Masters Accepted into Graduate Programs
2011-2012 255 44 74% 12 16

36%

2012-2013 229 44 79% 10 12 27%
2013-2014 206 47 86% 6 7 26%

This includes a transition from quarters to semesters in 2012.

Over the previous three year period, students required an average of six semesters to complete the program after declaring the major (excluding general education requirements and minor coursework).

  • Currently, 76% of rehabilitation services graduates found rehabilitation-related employment within the first 6 months following graduation.

Over the previous three-year period, 28 graduates were accepted into graduate programs at Wright State. Below are the types of programs students are accepted into:

At Wright State

  • Master of Science (Counseling)
  • Non-Degree Unspecified - (NFA)
  • Master of Education (Classroom Teacher)
  • Master of Education (Education Leadership)
  • Master of Business Admin (Business)
  • Master of Public Admin (Public Administration)
  • Master of Arts (Social Work)
  • Master of Public Health (Public Health)
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (Severe Disabilities)
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (Chemical Dependency)
  • Master of Education (Intervention Specialist)
  • Master of Education (School Counseling)

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs) discuss the value and benefits of being CRC certified and the difference it has made in their careers. CRC Certification: It Makes a Difference, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3_MX8HLoOk

Employment settings where graduates have been hired over the previous three years

Our graduates over the last three years were offered employment often from their internship within the first 6 months. Below is a list of where some of our graduates are in employed over the last three years.

  • Dayton Public Schools
  • Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley
  • United Rehabilitation Services
  • St Johns Orphanage
  • Logan County Family Court
  • Center-stone
  • East-Way
  • County Services Hillsboro Ohio
  • Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Montgomery County Children Services
  • Montgomery County Board of Disability Services
  • Returned to Africa to start a human services center
  • Mental Health Technician at Premier Health - Upper Valley Medical Center
  • Presbyterian Hospitality House-Located in Fairbanks, AK
  • Job Coach and Job Developer at Ergon Employment Services
  • AIM for Handicap
  • Crisis Care
  • Dublin Springs Hospital
  • ViaQuest Day service
  • ViaQuest Clinical Services
  • Directions For Youth & Families
  • Access Center for Independent Living
  • Hospice of Dayton
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Quest Inc.
  • Greene County Children Services
  • HomeFull
  • Technical Assistant and Transitional Specialist at the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program of the Arc of New Jersey
  • Lindner Center of Hope Mental Health Specialist working on the Adult South Unit for Inpatient mental health treatment
  • Meadow Run Apartments
  • Project Healthy Grandparents
  • Civilian Human Resource Agency, Department of the Army
  • Daybreak
  • Dayton public schools Rosa Parks
  • South Community

Internship

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 twenty-five (25) hours per week for sixteen (16) weeks. Students may register for a two-semester placement which requires twelve point five (12.5) hours of work per week for thirty-two weeks (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.


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 University prepares rehabilitation service and counseling students with experiences that will enable them to meet and network with professionals working in the field of rehabilitation. The WSU Rehabilitation Services Organization 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 (NRA). Board members must be NRA members; however other student members of other professional organization may join RSO.