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Outcome Measures for Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization

Academic Year 2015-2016

Drake University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2022.

There are currently 23 students enrolled in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling degree program. Of these, 9 are minorities and 8 report having a disability. We graduated 11 in 2015. Of the graduates, 100% are employed in rehabilitation and education settings.

Six courses are devoted exclusively to field-based experiences where students demonstrate the competencies acquired through didactic coursework. Of these courses, three are taught by area rehabilitation professionals.

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program involves the local rehabilitation community through membership in the Iowa Rehabilitation Association; area professionals’ membership on the program’s Advisory and Curriculum committees; having area professionals teach classes, and inviting professionals and people with disabilities to be guest speakers.

Over the past two years we have assisted area agencies that service people with disabilities and people from under-represented populations in submitting eight demonstration and research grants, served as board members and speakers at conferences, and conducted research with state agencies on improving services to job seekers with disabilities.

1.         Student Retention Rate:

Retention rate can be computed in numerous ways. At Drake, students can change their counseling specialization, interrupt their program for a short period of time, transfer to another university, or fail to continue their enrollment. Our basic operational definition of retention is: Students admitted into the Drake Counseling program and continuing until they obtain a degree from the Drake Counseling program. This would include students who begin in the rehabilitation counseling specialization but graduate from one of the other Drake Counseling program specializations.

Given Drake’s retention rate computation of the percent of students who graduate within five years of enrollment, the retention rate for the Drake Rehabilitation Counseling program is: 92%.

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Admitted to RC

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2.         Average Time Necessary to Complete the Program:

Students take between two classes per semester and three classes per semester. Classes are offered three semesters per year. The average students requires three years to complete the program.

  • 18 Credits Per Year: 3 ½ Years
  • 27 Credits Per Year: 2 ½ Years

3.         Estimated Cost of Program Attendance:

2014-2015 Academic Year: $460 Per Credit Hour

For the 60 hour program, the cost would be $27,600

4.         Available Scholarships:

Drake provides forgiveness loan scholarships to students pursuing careers in public and non-profit rehabilitation. Scholarships are based on career interest and the availability of funds. Drake typically does not offer scholarships to students during their first semester of study but offers full or partial scholarships to qualified students after that time.

5.         Employment Rate of Graduates:

All students over the past three years have been employed within the first six months of graduation.

6.         Employment Settings of Graduates:

Graduates are employed in multiple settings including public and non-profit rehabilitation, Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation, for-profit rehabilitation, mental health counseling agencies, and public schools.

7.         Eligibility for Licensure:

Students are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam during their last semester of study. Upon completion of their degree, if they complete an appropriate Internship, they are eligible to sit for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa.

8.         Passing Rates for Comprehensive Measures of Student Learning:

All students who have reported their scores have passed their comprehensive examination by submitting a Reflective Portfolio based on CORE accreditation standards.

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