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    University of North Texas
    Jul 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services

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Main Office
Chilton Hall, Suite 218

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311456
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Rachita Sharma, Interim Chair 

Justin Watts, Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling Programs (MS)

Liam O’Neill, Coordinator of Health Services Administration (MS)

Denise Catalano, Coordinator of Health Services Research (PhD)



Degree Programs

The following graduate programs are available through the department:

Our department also offers graduate and post-graduate certificate programs in Aging and Rehabilitation Counseling.

Departmental overview

Our department prepares professionals to enhance the lives of diverse populations including the aging population, individuals with disabilities, substance use disorders and/or chronic health concerns through training in advanced research, education and service delivery, or clinical practice. Our innovative programs offer students options for pursuing advanced degrees in various areas of rehabilitation and health services. Our department’s excellence is demonstrated through our students, faculty, and the community outreach programs they maintain.

Career opportunities and accreditation

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counselors prepare graduates to work with adults or adolescents who are 16 years of age or older and who have a physical, developmental, cognitive, emotional, sensory, psychiatric and/or substance use impairment or disorder and require assistance with attaining or maintaining employment, or independent living needs. Rehabilitation counselors find employment with state and federal agencies that provide rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with disabilities (e.g., Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veteran Affairs), private rehabilitation agencies, independent living centers, employee assistance programs, hospitals and clinics, mental health organizations, public school programs, employer-based disability prevention and management programs, substance and alcohol abuse treatment centers, and college and university disability accommodation offices.

Our rehabilitation counseling graduate program is accredited by  the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates from this program are eligible for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) as well as licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Texas (LPC).

The Master of Science with a major in health services administration offers the opportunity for graduates to assume leadership roles in healthcare delivery settings that serve a larger spectrum of the population. This program provides a foundation in health services administration while offering options for a specialized area of expertise. Students may pursue one of a number of concentration areas to customize this professional degree. One concentration in long-term care administration, satisfies the Texas requirements for licensure as a long-term care administrator. The concentration in applied gerontology prepares individuals for alternative careers in administration of community-based services. The rehabilitation services concentration prepares individuals for a leadership role in a health care delivery setting that requires specialized knowledge for effectively working with individuals who have a substance use disorder, disability, or chronic illness. The fourth concentration in health data analytics will develop leaders with skills in data extraction, focused reporting, data modeling and the analysis of big data in the healthcare environment.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in Health Services Research provides a broad interdisciplinary foundation in research and evaluation methods, and health and social policy analysis to meet the demands of a dynamic health delivery environment for individuals with health-related concerns, chronic health conditions and disabilities, across the lifespan. The inter-professional education focus is on developing academic research scientists who are interested in contributing to the complex health needs through research, education and policy analysis. Graduates of the PhD program in health sciences will be prepared to function as educators, researchers, and leaders in clinical and non-clinical academic and research environments. 

Admission requirements

Admission to any graduate degree program within our department is contingent upon admission to the Toulouse Graduate School. Criteria for admission are detailed in the Admission section of this catalog. All program applications entail a two part process.

Applications to the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling are reviewed throughout the year; however, students are encouraged to enter the program in the fall term/semester. Acceptance to the program is a competitive process with successful applicants having a satisfactory GPA in addition to satisfactory letters of recommendation, self-statement, work experience and an interview with program faculty. Applicants may choose to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (exam must have been taken within the last 5 years) however GRE scores are not required.

Applicants for the master’s degree in Health Services Administration must obtain and file a program specific application for admission to the program. No specific undergraduate major is required. Applicants may choose to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (exam must have been taken within the last 5 years) however GRE scores are not required. No specific undergraduate major is required.

Applicants for the doctoral program in Health Sciences Research must obtain and file program specific application, available from the Rehabilitation and Health Services department web site, for admission to the health sciences program. No specific undergraduate or graduate major is required. However, applicants for the PhD program in health sciences should have completed 30 hours of graduate course work beyond the undergraduate degree or attained a master’s degree or equivalent professional degree. An official and competitive GRE score, no more than five years old by date of application, is required from all applicants. All international applicants are expected to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), an official English proficiency exam. The TOEFL should be no more than two years old from the date of application.


    Master’s DegreeDoctorateGraduate Academic Certificate


      Applied Aging and Rehabilitation ScienceApplied GerontologyHealth SciencesHealth Services AdministrationHealth Services ResearchPhysician Assistant Professional StudiesRehabilitation

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