Rehabilitation and Human Services

rehabilitation and human services program

Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health & Sport Sciences

Dr. Ray F. Feroz, Ph.D., CRC, NCC, LPC, HS-BCP

Department Chair
+1 814 393 2325
Fax:  +1 814 383 1950
107 Stevens Hall (Clarion campus)

Caring Faculty

Clarion faculty members draw upon a broad mix of academic expertise and field experience in their teaching and research. Each faculty member holds a doctorate and has worked extensively in the fields of education, counseling and rehabilitation.  Most importantly, our faculty members enjoy teaching.  You can count on plenty of personal interaction and guidance through your program of study.

131 Program student assessments of their faculty supervisors was quite positive:

  • 99% believed that their faculty supervisor provided them with sufficient feedback
  • 100% believed that program faculty listened to what they had to say
  • 99% believed that program faculty were fair evaluators
  • 100% confirmed that faculty visited them appropriately at their internship site
Careers and Internships

Graduates of the Rehabilitation and Human Services programs assume a variety of positions as:Counselor

  • Case managers
  • Residential program supervisors
  • Day program directors
  • Program specialists
  • Intellectual disabilities service providers
  • Substance abuse prevention & treatment
  • Therapeutic activities directors
  • Probation and Parole Personnel

Clarion's Rehabilitation and Human Services programs are highly regarded throughout Pennsylvania as a producer of high-quality, entry-level rehabilitation professionals. Students who enroll in Clarion's Rehabilitation and Human Services will work with nationally recognized faculty in the field.

Students also will participate in a variety of field experiences. These experiences involve increasing levels of responsibility culminating in a semester-long supervised internship in a human service agency. Internship opportunities are available locally, regionally and nationwide.

The Bachelor of Science Rehabilitation and Human Services program is duly accredited by CORE and CSHSE and highly regarded throughout Pennsylvania as a producer of excellent entry-level rehabilitation/human service professionals. Students can enroll in one of five possible concentrations including Developmental Disabilities, Gerontology, Addictions, Court and Community Services, and Pre-OT:  Physical and Psychosocial Disabilities.

Student Retention Rate 93 percent      |      Number of Currently Enrolled Students 142                    
Number of Graduates:  |   2011 - 43  |   2012 - 49   |   2013 - 44  | 2014 - 54 | 2015 - 64

The model student takes four years (eight semesters) to graduate. Many students however, transfer into the Human Services and Rehabilitative Sciences major in their sophomore, junior and even senior years extending the average program time to graduation statistic to 9.3 semesters. 

Rehabilitation and Human Services related employment rate of graduates within the first 6 months following graduation:  85% of graduates are working in human service/rehabilitation-related employment within six months of graduation.  Fieldwork is an important component in the Rehabilitation and Human Services curriculum.  In fact, 63% of student interns are offered employment immediately upon completion of their internship by the host agency.

In the most recent survey conducted with thirty-three (33) Human Service agency student intern supervisors, 94% agreed or strongly agreed that Clarion Rehabilitation and Human Services interns:

  • were well prepared in their general knowledge of human services
  • have good work habits
  • believed that program faculty were helpful partners in facilitating students' learning experiences

Number of graduates who are accepted into graduate programs and types of programs:  Over the past 3 years, 39 students were accepted into graduate programs.  The primary types of programs include: Rehab Counseling, Social Work, Counseling Specialties such as Chemical Dependency Treatment, Marital and Family Counseling, Psychology, Criminology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Law.

In the latest post-internship survey of 121 students: 

  • 96% believed they were well prepared for their internship
  • 97% believed they were well prepared in terms of their expected work habits
  • 92% believed they were well prepared to interact with clients
  • 99% believed they were well prepared to interact with professionals

In the most recent survey of 143 Rehabilitation and Human Services students who were eligible for graduation:

  • 100% believed that the courses and topics offered by the program were appropriate
  • 99% believed that they received appropriate academic support from program faculty
  • 100% believed that the program assisted in their self-understanding
  • 97% would recommend the program to others

Types of employment settings where our graduates have been hired:

County human services case management jobs in the areas of:

  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Mental Health
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Drug & Alcohol and Probation and Parole

Other job settings:

  • Substance abuse treatment agencies
  • Juvenile-offender treatment settings
  • Correctional facilities
  • Therapeutic Staff Support (wraparound)
  • Grief counseling centers
  • Family-based treatment programs
  • Head Start
  • Supported employment providers
  • Community based facilities for children with autism and developmental disabilities
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Early childhood development centers
  • Counseling programs
  • Protective services 
  • Crisis intervention programs
  • Residential mental health facilities (adult and adolescent)
  • Inpatient psychiatric treatment program
  • Group homes
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Senior Centers 
  • State probation and parole settings

 Available financial aid sources for students at the university:

Careers and Job Information:
Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Information Network (O*Net))

Social and human service assistants (human service case managers) help people get through difficult times or get additional support. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

  • 2015 Median Pay:  $30,830
  • Projected Growth 2014-2024:  Faster than average (9%-13%)

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors work with clients both one-on-one and in group counseling sessions.

  • 2015 Median Pay:  $39,980
  • Projected Growth 2014-2024:  much faster than average (14% or higher)

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists work with and monitor offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.

  • 2015 Median Pay:  $49,360
  • Projected Growth 2014-2024:  (2%-4%)

Below is a list of the degrees Clarion University offers in Rehabilitative Science:
 Associate of Science in Rehabilitative Services
 Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services
 Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Associate of Science in Rehabilitative Services Degree (Venango campus)

The two-year Associate of Science Rehabilitative Services program at Venango College prepares individuals to make a positive impact upon special needs individuals in human services settings. Students enrolled in the program work with faculty who are nationally recognized in the field of rehabilitative sciences.

Because of the many diverse employment opportunities in the field of human services, the program offers both specialized and generic competency preparation. The Rehabilitative Services program includes a core curriculum that provides education in observation and recording, interviewing and communication techniques, behavior management, group dynamics, crisis intervention, case management, and referral.

General education courses in liberal arts, sciences, and the humanities are also part of the curriculum. The program culminates in a supervised field experience in a human services agency.

Qualified students who have earned a 2.5 QPA or higher may continue their study toward a bachelor's degree in rehabilitative sciences and receive full credit toward graduation for all courses taken while earning the associate degree.

For more details about course degree requirements, general advisement and procedures for field experiences, please download Rehabilitation and Human Services Student Handbook.

Graduates of the Associate of Science Rehabilitative Services program may be employed in a variety of roles. Possible careers include:

  • life skills worker
  • life coach
  • residential program worker
  • classroom development assistant
  • human development assistant

They also might work in fields that deal with older populations, addictions, mental health, intellectual disabilities, residential care or health services. These paraprofessionals work under the direction of professionals from a variety of fields, such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitation, education or social work.

The program culminates with a supervised field experience in a human services agency.

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services

The Rehabilitation and Human Services Program is an interdisciplinary program that  combines the resources of the departments of psychology, sociology, sports and wellness, nursing, special education.   The program  prepares students for generalist human service positions in the areas of  aging, developmental disabilities, and addictions. Graduates of the  program assume a variety of positions, including case managers,  residential program managers, therapeutic staff support, day service  directors, rehabilitation program specialists, intellectual disabilities  personnel, substance abuse prevention specialists, activities directors, and similar positions.

For more details about course degree requirements, general advisement and procedures for field experiences, please download Rehabilitation and Human Services Student Handbook.

The programs in Rehabilitation and human services feature five different concentrations:

Addictions – Prepares students for careers in substance abuse prevention and treatment.   Graduates work with children, adolescents and adults in federal, state, county government and private agencies and in educational settings.  Workers perform assessment, casework, crisis intervention, treatment, advocacy and prevention.  Graduates are positioned to qualify for earning the credential of Certified Addictions Counselor.

Court and Community Services  – Prepares students for a variety of human services, with a special emphasis on the legal system.   Specialized training and fieldwork in paralegal and court-related human services settings prepare students for careers in court-related systems such as children, youth & families, corrections, and community supervision of persons on probation and parole. 

Developmental Disabilities – Prepares students for careers in working with persons with intellectual disabilities.  Graduates work in early intervention, service coordination, vocational training settings, day programs, leisure activities, Head Start, therapeutic staff support, and residential programs.

Gerontology -  Prepares students for careers in working with persons of older age.  Graduates work in county care management, personal care homes, nursing homes, senior centers and crisis centers.

Pre-OT:  Physical and Psychosocial Disabilities - Prepares students to employ occupation or purposeful activity to help people of all ages with physical, developmental, or emotional dysfunctions and assists people to prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities.  

The Rehabilitation and Human Services is an inter-disciplinary program that combines its resources with:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Athletic Training, Sports and Wellness
  • Nursing
  • Criminal Justice

Admission Requirements:

Acceptance into the Rehabilitative Sciences program is contingent upon earning a 2.5 QPA in the first four semesters at Clarion and Act 33, Act 34, and FBI clearances.

The most common graduate programs that human services and rehabilitation  bachelor's degree graduates enroll in are:

  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Marital and Family Counseling
  • Public Health Administration
Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

The MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree at Clarion University is a 60-credit hour program clinical mental health counseling program that is designed to meet the academic requirements established by the Pennsylvania state board leading to the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania.  This program is aimed at graduate students who are looking to enhance their career options. 

Graduates can work in a wide range of human service areas including:

  • direct service or supervisory roles in children and youth
  • juvenile delinquency
  • court supervision
  • intellectual disabilities
  • substance abuse/dual diagnosis
  • psychiatric rehabilitation and/or gerontology

The MS Mental Health Counseling program offers curriculum in areas of:

  • assessment
  • case management
  • group therapy
  • therapeutic interventions
  • crisis interventions
  • ethics
  • cultural foundations
  •  clinical instruction

Coursework is offered entirely online with a few courses offered in a hybrid format that includes some face-to-face instruction in the evenings or on weekends. 

The Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intended for students who are pursuing careers in human services.  Students in this program typically work with:

  • Individuals diagnosed with mental health problems
  • Individuals diagnosed with addiction problems
  • Older citizens
  • Persons with developmental disabilities in residential and day program settings
  • Adult and juvenile offenders 
  • Public and private human service agencies

Note:, a leading resource for graduate-level education, recently released its annual ranking of the Best Online Master's Degrees in Social Work. analyzed data from hundreds of colleges across the nation in order to develop their rankings. Clarion University's Master of Science degree ranked 18th in offering the most notable combination of academic quality, accommodation, guidance and affordability.


The B.S. program in Rehabilitation and Human Services is nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE  and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). 

Core Accreditation

In addition, the Court and Community Services concentration is the only such program in Pennsylvania. This program puts Clarion University at the forefront of a growing field.


Rehabilitation and human services Club

The Clarion University Rehabilitation and Human Services Club is a club that helps to promote awareness of four main areas Human Services and Rehabilitative fields including developmental disabilities, gerontology, court and community services and addictions.

The club is active in community service activities. Every spring the club goes to Harrisburg for the Annual Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association Conference.

The club is available on both the Clarion campus and the Venango campus.

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As a returning adult to Clarion University, I was one of those non-traditional students who had been out of the classroom for awhile.  Although I just enrolled for three credits each semester, I graduated from this program way ahead of the six years allotted for completion largely due to taking advantage of summer and winter sessions.

My advice to any non-traditional student who may feel intimidated by online education is to lay aside that anxiety since Clarion University faculty and the technical expertise of the online support staff will make such a transition seamless. One of my proudest life achievements was accepting my degree at graduation!

- Mark Conrad 2013




Last Updated 1/23/17