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The main objective of this program is to provide the field of rehabilitation with baccalaureate level personnel who have the competencies necessary to help persons with disabilities optimize their vocational potential. A general listing of these competencies includes:
- Knowledge of the history, philosophy and development of the rehabilitation movement; knowledge of the rehabilitation process as it exists in various settings, including supported environments, rehabilitation organizations, private rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation agencies; knowledge of mental, physical and social disabilities plus the vocational limitations of these disabilities; knowledge of, and ability to utilize community resources to assist persons with disabilities; knowledge of, and ability to relate to allied professions: medicine, psychology, social work, physical therapy; and knowledge of, and ability to utilize occupational information and career planning methods.
- Elementary skill in the use of assessment techniques, elementary skill in work adjustment and counseling techniques, and elementary skill in utilizing job placement and follow-up procedures for persons with disabilities.
- Ability to interact effectively with persons with disabilities. This could include persons with physical, emotional and social disabilities such as psychiatric disabilities, intellectual disabilities, visually impaired, hearing impaired, addictions and those who have committed criminal offenses.
The graduates of this program are employed in community-based rehabilitation programs, rehabilitation organizations, vocational rehabilitation agencies, private rehabilitation, correctional centers, business and industry, adult day centers, adolescent treatment programs and services, mental health clinics, halfway houses, and a variety of other settings serving persons with disabilities. Students who complete Special Education Certification are endorsed for Wisconsin licensure to teach students with cognitive disabilities, grades 6-12. Opportunities for advancement to supervisory and administrative positions are excellent. Graduate study in rehabilitation is available in more than 80 colleges and universities.
Students must select their concentration option by the end of the first semester of their junior year. Students who do not complete a concentration must submit a written plan showing development of a coherent selection of coursework consistent with the objectives of the degree. The plan must be submitted and approved by the program director by the end of the first semester of the junior year.
Bachelor of Science Degree
|Total for graduation
Program Requirements for Rehabilitation Services
Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)
Three credits must be selected from RES-A.
Global Perspective (6 credits*)
Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses.
General Education (40 credits)
Communication Skills (9 credits)
Minimum grade of 2.0 is required; course must be repeated if minimum grade is not earned.
Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)
Remaining courses must be from the areas of analytic reasoning and natural sciences. At least one mathematics or statistics course and a natural science course with a lab are required.
Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
Courses must be from two or more areas including art history/music & theater appreciation, creative/performing arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, and philosophy.
Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)
Courses must be selected from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Remaining courses must be from one or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science and sociology.
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.
Selectives (3 credits)
Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.
Major Studies (54 credits)
A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all rehabilitation studies. After earning 90 credits, students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average in rehabilitation studies to continue in the degree program.
Required Courses (32 credits)
Selectives (22 credits*)
Select 22 credits, including a minimum of two courses from Disability Selectives and two from Service Delivery Selectives.
Select at least two courses from the following:
Service Delivery Selectives
Select at least two courses from the following:
*Select 23 credits if in the Special Studies concentration
Concentrations (23 credits)
A minimum grade of 2.5 is required in all concentration courses.
Independent Living Rehabilitation (24 credits)
Required Courses (14 credits)
Individualized (23 credits)
Select 23 credit in conjunction with and approved by program director.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation (23 credits)
Rehabilitation Service Specialist (23 credits)
Required Courses (16 credits)
Substance Abuse Counseling (23 credits)
Required Courses (20 credits)
Electives (3 credits)
Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 120-credit requirement.