The Rehabilitation Counseling program at Assumption College was first accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) in 1976, and has been fully accredited since that time. The current CORE accreditation is through 2024: www.core-rehab.org. Assumption College is also fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Assumption College offers a 60 credit masters degree (M.A.) program in Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) both on-campus and online, and an on-campus Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program. The CAGS course of study is developed by the student in consultation with the program director. It requires 5-10 courses beyond the masters degree depending upon the students previous graduate work and professional experience.
The full-time on campus RC students complete the program in 2 years. Part-time on campus program students average 3-4 years to complete the program requirements. Online RC program students usually complete the in less than 3 years, over eight semesters, including two summers. Students have up to seven years to complete the program, if needed.
The on campus and online RC programs each have a goal of accepting 15-20 new matriculated degree students each fall. During the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of 81 students were enrolled in the RC graduate program. During the three-year period, 2013-2015, 98 students graduated with a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling. It is estimated that approximately 95% of our graduates obtain degree-related employment prior to or within 6 months of graduation. Employment settings of graduates include public vocational rehabilitation agencies in New England and throughout the U.S. Other employment setting of graduates are non-profits agencies including Clubhouses, Independent Living Centers, Public School Transition Program, Veterans Services, Substance Abuse and Addiction programs, and a variety of community rehabilitation programs.
Over the period 2011-2015 the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRC) passing rate was 86%. 100% of students who successfully complete the academic and fieldwork components of the program pass the comprehensive Oral Exam, or the CRC Exam prior to graduation. Over the period Fall 2010 to Fall 2015, 92% of matriculated degree students successfully completed the program.