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Contact Information:

Susan Stuntzner, Ph.D, LPC, CRC, NCC
Program Director & Assistant Professor 
Phone: (208) 292-1409
Email: stuntzner@uidaho.edu

Bryan Austin, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor
Phone: (208) 364-9902
Email: baustin@uidaho.edu

Beth Cunningham MA, CRC, CVE, CIWCS
Clinical Instructor
(208) 364-4025
Email: bcunningham@uidaho.edu

Core Standard A.5

Students for the University of Idaho RCHS program begin classes in May of even numbered years (i.e., 2010, 2012, 2014). Full time students graduate within a 2-year period in May of even-numbered years as well. On occasion, part-time students take 3 to 5 years to graduate because of their inability to take courses on a full-time status. Students are encouraged and expected to graduate within a 4-year period if they are attending part-time.

From May 2010 to May 2013, 33 students have graduated our program. During this time, 52 students have applied and been admitted to the program. Ten students were admitted to begin the May 2010 cohort, while 8 completed the program (i.e. 80% retention rate). For the May 2012 cohort, 15 students were admitted and 4 of these withdrew from the program. Fall 2012 and Spring 2013, an additional 9 students were admitted due to the start of an additional cohort in Boise, Idaho. The current May 2012 cohort has 20 students. Students who attend full-time are able to complete the RCHS program in 2 years. Costs for the program are regulated with each academic year. Currently, the cost for a full-time graduate student is estimated at $3,793 per semester. This amount does not include associated fees or books. Summer tuition is calculated per credit hour. Students typically take 8 to 9 credits over both summers and the cost is estimated to be $421.00 per credit.

Scholarships for graduate students at the University of Idaho are limited. Applicants interested in searching for scholarships may contact the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office at (208) 885-6312 or via email: finaid@uidaho.edu. On occasion, some students may qualify for additional help when there is an unmet financial need. Any decisions for these types of scholarships are dispersed throughout the Department of Leadership & Counseling. In addition, at this time, the University of Idaho does not have an RSA grant to support student needs and tuitions within this program.

Following graduation, students have sought employment in a variety of settings but not limited to state and federal vocational rehabilitation, mental health settings, college campuses and disability service centers, psychosocial rehabilitation, and veteran’s administration. The type of work obtained is often determined by whether or not graduates are willing to relocate, particularly graduates from Coeur d’Alene. Currently, approximately 85% of our graduates find employment following graduation.

The State of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses currently accepts applicants from CACREP and CORE accredited programs for consideration of licensure as a counselor. The University of Idaho RCHS program is CORE-accredited and some students obtain licensure as a professional counselor following graduation. Currently our program is 60 credits which meets the credit requirement of the State of Idaho.

Students exiting this program must demonstrate an ability to achieve and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and pass either the CRC Exam or the university oral comprehensive exam. Students who opt to take the CRC Exam (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam) must register the semester before they plan to take the exam and pay associated fees. As of 2013, the projected cost of the CRC Exam is $385. Applicants wanting to know more information about this exam may review the CRCC website: www.crccertification.com/. Past graduates who have taken the exam have achieved the following pass rates: 2010 – 81%; 2012 – 100%.