Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations! By visiting our webpage, you are taking positive steps toward a brighter future. Many students like you have wondered how the program can help them create the career they’ve always wanted. We’ve compiled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions so you can find out a little more about our program, to see if it’s right for you.

 

What types of people can I expect to work with in vocational rehabilitation?

The vocational rehabilitation field has diversity in terms of employment settings as well as in terms of clients served. Rehabilitation services can enhance the lives of a great many people who have special needs. Vocational rehabilitation serves cognitively and physically disabled persons and people from disadvantaged and low-income backgrounds. Chemically dependent and public offender groups also find support from the vocational rehabilitation services provider. Vocational rehabilitation graduates usually are able to find a work setting that deals primarily with the specific population that is of interest to them.

What types of jobs can graduates expect to find?

With training in vocational rehabilitation, graduates of the program have found jobs in many different settings including rehabilitation facilities, correctional settings, school systems, business and industry, private rehabilitation, treatment facilities, recreation programs, independent living centers and other related areas. Rehabilitation services are also involved in adapting technology to meet the educational, employment, living and recreational needs of people with disabilities. The variety of jobs available has been a positive factor in an attractive job market and provides graduates with flexibility in seeking and finding that special work setting that interests them.

What types of background and interests are best for students who want to enter the Vocational Rehabilitation program?

Vocational rehabilitation is a diverse field and therefore welcomes students who have different backgrounds and interests. Persons who are interested in areas such as counseling, chemical dependency, social work, psychology, special education and corrections would work very well in the vocational rehabilitation area. People with interests in paramedical areas such as occupational therapy and physical therapy also have found vocational rehabilitation enjoyable. The "vocational" emphasis in vocational rehabilitation can also attract students who have interests in industrial arts or other work-oriented backgrounds.

What is the B.S. Vocational Rehabilitation program like?

The coursework in the vocational rehabilitation program stresses a blend of relevant theory and basic information combined with practical, hands-on application. Very early in the program, students are able to work directly in rehabilitation settings to put into practice their newly acquired skills and to obtain a realistic experience working in rehabilitation. This type of activity is available in several places throughout the curriculum and provides a variety of experiences before each student graduates. The program provides a strong, general background in vocational rehabilitation services while also placing emphasis on vocational evaluation, adjustment services and counseling.


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