Welcome to the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program (CRMHC)!

On May 7, 2016, the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program received notification from the California State University (CSU), Chancellor's Office regarding the approval of the program name change to Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC). The CRMHC Program is presently seeking Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP) accreditation. The new degree and anticipated accreditation will greatly enhance opportunities for students in the fields of rehabilitation counseling and mental health.

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The program is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report and is the only program at Fresno State listed in the CSU’s top 100 list of ranked programs. The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Program had a regularly scheduled site review by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) www.core-rehab.org on February 25-27, 2009 and is CORE accredited through August 31, 2018. The program's vision revolves around "changing the face of human service," achieved by providing students with opportunities for exposure and training in practical, real-life settings in rehabilitation and mental health.

We welcome your interest! If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our Department Office in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development - Room 350, (559) 278-0340.

Program Outcomes

The program is a 60-unit program that seeks to admit 25-30 students per year and takes an average of 5 semesters or 2.5 years to complete.   Average cost to complete the program is $19,000 over a period of 2.5 years. 

Student outcomes are evaluated each year using field-site evaluation and learning objective rubrics as a part of overall program evaluation. The Program has a U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) training grant that generates an average of $130,000 annually for student support in the form of four (4) semesters of paid tuition, professional development, and related expenses. Recently, the State of California passed statutory requirements for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential in which students have taken additional units and met criteria toward this license.

Currently, the graduate program has a total of 74 students. Admission rates have been healthy over the past five years taking in 29 students in 2016-2017, 41 students in 2015-2016, 30 students in 2014-2015, 20 students in 2013-2014, and 42 students in 2012-2013.

During the 2015-2016 academic year (AY), a total of 21 students graduated from the program. In 2014-2015, 33 students graduated. In 2013-2014, 25 students graduated and in 2012-2013, 35 students graduated. All students passed their clinical coursework (100%). In the 2015-2016 AY, 69% of students passed the comprehensive examination on the first attempt and 100% passed on the second attempt. In 2014-2015 AY, 63% of students passed the comprehensive examination on the first attempt and 100% passed on their second attempt. Twenty-four percent (24%) of last year's graduates completed the program with the master's degree and the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) credential. Approximately, 76% of graduates from the program find employment within six months of completion.

Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of settings and perform a variety of roles. Graduates of the program have went on to work at locations such mental health facilities, substance abuse agencies, Department of Rehabilitation, independent living centers, as well as a variety of non-profit, for-profit, and private practices aimed at helping individuals with a wide range of health conditions achieve wellness, autonomy, and independence.