Chilton Hall, Room 218
1155 Union Circle #311456
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: www.dar.hps.unt.edu
Linda Holloway, Chair
Brandi Darensbourg, Coordinator of Undergraduate Rehabilitation Program
The Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services offers an undergraduate program in rehabilitation studies. In addition to the BS with a major in rehabilitation studies, the department offers a certificate and a minor in rehabilitation studies, a minor in addiction studies, a minor in applied gerontology and a certificate in substance use treatment. The minor in addiction studies prepares students to take the test for licensing as a chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas.
Upon graduation, students are qualified for positions in a variety of non-profit, governmental, and for-profit programs serving individuals with mental health concerns, substance use disorders, intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities. Labor market trends forecast continued growth in human service professions. The undergraduate degrees also prepare students for entry into graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling, often with advanced standing.
The department’s undergraduate programs are structured to meet the needs and interests of students transferring from community colleges. The 30-hour major is designed to allow students the opportunity to carefully select complimentary electives or to specialize in specific areas of rehabilitation such as substance use treatment. Our professional advisor can assist students in determining the best electives, minors and/or certificates available to meet their career objectives. Transfer students receive close advising to facilitate articulation and maximize their credits.
Extensive practical experience in community placements is combined with comprehensive classroom curricula to build an in-depth and well-rounded program. A low faculty/student ratio allows students to receive highly individualized academic support from instructors. We require our students to engage in service learning and professional activities to gain experience and develop their skills. To this end, we have three active student organizations – North Texas Rehabilitation Association, Active Minds, and Eagle Peer Recovery – that students can participate in during their academic career.
A College of Health and Public Service degree program advisor plays a significant role in the development of a degree plan that meets the individual student’s needs and interests.
Programs of study
The department offers an undergraduate major in rehabilitation studies; minors; and undergraduate academic certificates. (See the complete list, below.)
Students majoring in rehabilitation studies are eligible to apply for the Ken Miner Scholarship; the Fort Worth TRA Scholarship, and the Dan Minahan Memorial Scholarship. Applications are available on the department web site. Students interested in applying for these scholarships should contact the department.
ProgramsMajorsGrad Track OptionsMinorsUndergraduate Academic Certificates