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  Jun 12, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Certificate

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Admissions Standards School of Medicine 

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a 24-credit-hour graduate specialty program designed to equip human service professionals for work with individuals with severe mental illnesses. This cross-disciplinary program introduces students to the characteristics of severe long-term mental illnesses, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation methods, and the recovery process.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation is designed to meet the needs of students seeking a rehabilitation counseling or other related graduate degree, individuals seeking a specialty certificate (pre- or post-master’s), and non-degree seeking students needing courses in psychiatric or mental health areas for continuing education credit. Courses within the certificate program are appropriate for rehabilitation counselors; counselors; social workers; educational psychologists; marriage and family counselors; majors in psychology, public health, sociology, nursing, or education; or individuals pursuing vocational or personal interests in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation or mental health.

Admissions Standards

Applicants to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Admissions decisions are made on the basis of an overall evaluation of the applicant’s preparation and ability to complete advanced study. Particular attention is paid to the applicant’s work experience, practice interests, leadership ability, and motivation. Appropriate supporting documentation for admissions include: GRE scores, MAT scores, transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, written statement of goals for graduate study, work and volunteer experience, and references.


All course work is available on campus or online in distance education format. Students electing a distance education option must have a computer with Internet access and be willing to schedule one two-day meeting on campus per semester.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation requires 24 graduate credit hours. The following core courses, totaling 12 credit hours, taught by the rehabilitation counseling faculty are required:


Students must complete a field placement: The rehabilitation counseling practicum or its equivalent will be accepted for the certificate.


Electives totaling at least 9 credit hours are also required. Students may choose from a broad list of electives including other graduate -level courses from the University of South Carolina or other accredited colleges or universities as approved by faculty.

Application Information

For additional information or application materials, contact Dr. Linda Leech at: Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina, Clinical Education Building/Medical Park 15, Suite B20, 355 Harden Street Extension, Columbia, SC 29203. Phone: 803-434-4296; fax: 803-434-4231; e-mail:  Also see the program Web site,

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