Core Standard A.5
The Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services Program accepts a new cohort of students every two years. In 2012, a new location for the program was added in Boise. Enrollment numbers for our Summer 2012 cohort (three in Boise and nine in Coeur d'Alene) totaled 12 students. Five additional Boise students enrolled Spring 2013. From Spring 2014 through Fall 2014, our RCHS Program had a total of 13 graduates (eight in Coeur d'Alene; five in Boise) and Spring 2015, had one additional graduate in Boise. Retention rate during for students who were admitted and started in 2012-13 is 70 percent (19/27).
New enrollment numbers increased for the new Summer 2014 cohort (both in Boise and Coeur d'Alene) totaling 16 students. This new cohort of students includes nine full-time in Coeur d'Alene and five full-time and two part-time in Boise. One additional student enrolled Spring 2015. The current student enrollment as of Fall 2015 is 22 (11 in Coeur d'Alene; 11 in Boise). Retention rate for students who were admitted and started in 2014-15 is 100 percent (17/17).
This increase in student enrollment numbers and retention rate for the most recent three years has been very positive and our RCHS Program is close to capacity (of admitting 25 students every two years) in line with the 1:10 instructor to student ratio required by CORE.
New student cohorts for the RCHS Program in both Boise and Coeur d’Alene campus locations complete their coursework together as one cohort and begin taking courses during the summer semester in May of even numbered years (i.e., 2014, 2016, 2018). Full-time students typically graduate within a two-year period following completion of Spring Semester of even-numbered years. For example, full-time students who start the program Summer 2014, complete their program of studies Spring 2016. Part-time students typically graduate within a four-year period. On occasion, part-time students take three to five years to graduate because of their inability to take courses on a full-time status.
Students who attend full time are able to complete the RCHS Program in two years. Costs for the program are regulated by the university with each academic year. Currently, the cost for a full-time graduate student is estimated at $3,941.00 per semester. This amount does not include associated fees or books. Summer tuition is calculated per credit hour. Students typically take eight to nine credits over both summers and the cost is estimated to be $438.00 per credit.
A select number of U.S. Department of Education – Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) scholarships are available to students. Upon graduation, recipients of the RSA scholarships will, in return, agree to work two years for every year they receive a scholarship at a state vocational rehabilitation or related rehabilitation agency. For more information about the RSA scholars program, contact the grant project director, Dr. Bryan S. Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 364-9902.
Students may qualify for College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (EHHS) scholarships when there is an unmet financial need. For information about EHHS scholarship availability, contact Students Services at email@example.com or call (208) 885-6039.
Other 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of the most recent cohort who graduated in 2014 and 2015, approximately 86 percent (12/14) were employed within one year following graduation. At least half of these same graduates were employed within six months upon graduation. Specifically, five (42 percent) were employed in state vocational rehabilitation agencies, one (8 percent) in a center for independent living, five (42 percent) in community mental health agencies, and one (8 percent) in a private, for-profit rehabilitation agency.
The State of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses currently accepts applicants from CACREP and CORE-accredited programs for consideration of licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). The RCHS Program is CORE-accredited and many students obtain licensure as a professional counselor following graduation. However, all students are highly encouraged to obtain their LPC. Currently, our program is 61 credits and meets the 60-credit hour requirement required for counselor licensure (LPC) eligibility in the state of Idaho. The RCHS Program also requires 1,000 hours of supervised field experience (100 Practicum/900 Internship hours) to assist students in becoming licensure eligible upon graduation.
Students exiting this program must demonstrate an ability to achieve and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and pass either the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRCE) or Comprehensive Oral Exam administered by program faculty. Students who opt to take the CRCE must apply online the semester before they plan to take the CRCE and pay all associated fees. Students typically take the CRCE during their final semester of their graduate studies. As of 2015, the cost of the CRCE is $385. Applicants interested in more information about the CRCE are directed to the CRCC website: www.crccertification.com/.
In 2015, all students 100 percent (3/3) decided to take the CRCE as their comprehensive exam requiring a passing score to earn the M.Ed. or M.S. degree for graduation. In 2014, approximately 85 percent (11/13) of students chose the option of taking the CRCE. Students have achieved the following CRCE pass rates: 2010 – 81 percent; 2012 – 100 percent (7/7); 2014 – 67 percent (8/12); 2015 – 100 percent (3/3).