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If you are a human services professional seeking to advance your career, you can gain a new credential with the Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Sciences Online Program at Clarion University. Enrollment is now underway, financial aid is available, and the program is approved for the G.I. Bill.

This 33-credit, non-clinical program is designed for busy adults who cannot travel to campus due to distance, job commitments or family responsibilities. Students can complete coursework from any location with an Internet connection.

“Our students represent a broad variety of human service professionals,” said professor and program coordinator Dr. Mark Kilwein. “The beauty of this program is that it allows each student to tailor their curriculum to their own areas of interest. That might mean emphasizing coursework in areas such as working with children, human service administration, substance abuse/dual diagnosis, or rural service delivery systems.”

Students in the M.S. degree program are typically employed working with individuals diagnosed with mental health problems, substance abuse problems, the elderly, or developmental disabilities in community or residential/correctional settings. The M.S. degree is especially helpful to professionals who need an advanced degree to qualify for supervisory, management or leadership roles in their agency setting.

The M.S. in Rehabilitative Sciences Online Program offers two online classes each semester, and during the summer term. Students can easily take up to 18 credits per year entirely online. Most students complete the program in two years while continuing to work. Web-based students need never come to campus. However, many online students who live close to Clarion, choose to take a few classes face to face, which is encouraged.

“We make every effort to get our web students and our traditional face-to-face students together,” Kilwein added. “That means that we sometimes see web students in the classrooms and traditional students online. It contributes to the overall learning experience of both groups.”

Professors in the Rehabilitative Sciences program draw upon a broad mix of academic expertise and field experience in their teaching and research. All faculty hold advanced degrees. In addition to their academic work, all the professors in the program remain clinically active.

“The courses required to support this degree meets the same curricular and instructional standards as classes delivered on campus, and are taught by the same faculty currently teaching in the traditional classrooms,” said Dr. Art Acton, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. “As a result, the degree you earn online offers the same quality and accreditation as a degree you would earn through the university's traditional on-campus program.”

About Clarion University

Located 70 miles north of Pittsburgh in northwestern Pennsylvania, Clarion University is a public, state university with an annual enrollment of 7,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. It is recognized by 25 separate accrediting agencies.

For more information

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Sciences Online Program should contact Clarion University’s Department of Rehabilitative Sciences at (814) 393-2325, or via e-mail at For information on other online programs at Clarion, go to

8/20/2008 11:20 AM

Clarion University offers online M.S. in rehabilitative sciences