Rehabilitation and Human ServicesBachelor of Science (B.S.)
Help people with disabilities achieve the best possible quality of life.
People with disabilities are able to integrate into their communities more than ever
before. With a degree in rehabilitation and human services from the University of
North Dakota, you’ll be able to help people with physical, learning, cognitive and
addiction disorders increase their independence and quality of life. The interdisciplinary
program prepares you for a variety of careers in rehabilitation.
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Why study rehabilitation and human services at UND?
Rehabilitation and human services is an interdisciplinary major that draws from psychology,
sociology, social work, nursing and other fields. In addition to core courses and
classes in rehabilitation, research methodology and psychology, you'll choose a concentration
in substance abuse, mental health, gerontology, developmental disabilities or other
The program is one of more than 25 approved undergraduate rehabilitation programs
recognized by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs,
an international accrediting body.
You'll complete an internship in a professional rehabilitation agency that will enable
you to apply theory to practice and integrate knowledge, values and skills.
Graduates of the addictions program are well positioned to obtain licensure in North
Dakota and other states in substance abuse counseling.
Rehabilitation and Human Services at UND
Classes are small — the average size for courses in the major is 15-20.
Become involved in UND's Rehab Club and participate in service opportunities and social
networking with peers and professionals.
A combined program enables you to earn a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation and human
services and a master's degree in counseling in approximately five years.
Rehabilitation and Human Services Careers
Job growth outlook for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors
Social welfare policies have created demand for people to provide vocational services
such as job seeking and skills training. Graduates of the program are in high demand
and have landed such entry-level jobs as:
Rehabilitation case manager
Mental Health case manager
Vocational evaluator/job developer
Developmental disabilities case manager
Vocational placement specialist
Supported employment specialist
Independent living specialist
Residential care coordinator
Employee assistance supervisor
Our graduates work in a variety of settings including:
Hospital-based rehabilitation units and psychiatric hospitals
Private and public vocational rehabilitation agencies
Community mental health centers
Chemical dependency programs
College disability support programs
Local, state and federal government agencies such as Veterans Affairs
Centers for communication disorders
Rehabilitation alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Development Homes, Inc.
Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC
Anne Carlsen Center
Baxalta U.S., Inc.
Rehabilitation and Human Services Courses You Could Take
RHS 200. Helping Skills in Community Services. 3 Credits.
This course provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills associated with the helping process, including interviewing skills, as practiced in a variety of community services settings. A special focus will be on the problem-solving process and interaction skills used in direct service activities with individuals. Helping skills require a knowledge of interpersonal relationships and the effective use of interpersonal behaviors. This combination of knowledge and skills will benefit any individual wanting to increase effectiveness when working with people. F,S,SS.
RHS 250. Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation. 3 Credits.
This course introduces students to the profession of rehabilitation and examines how persons with disabilities are treated in our society. Topics include: community and national rehabilitation agencies, political and social influences on rehabilitation programs, conceptualization of disability, attitude development and change, building accessible and inclusive communities, and transforming the media. Opportunities for involvement with agencies providing rehabilitation services will be provided. S,SS.
RHS 350. Overview of Disabilities. 3 Credits.
This course provides an overview of physical and mental disabilities for rehabilitation professionals, including the medical, psychological, social, and vocational aspects of specific disabilities. Medical terminology, etiology, treatment, interventions, and prognosis of various disabilities will be presented. Prerequisite: RHS 250 or consent of instructor. F.
RHS 450. Vocational Assessment and Job Acquisition. 3 Credits.
Review of the basic principles of testing along with various instruments and techniques used in the assessment of persons with disabilities. Use of assessment information in the job acquisition process and the importance of work for individuals with disabilities are also addressed. S.
RHS 455. Rehabilitation Process. 3 Credits.
This course examines the history, philosophy, and ethical standards of the rehabilitation profession. Topics include the following: experiences of people with disabilities throughout history, legislation affecting persons with disabilities, public and private rehabilitation systems, case management principles, role and function of rehabilitation counselors, principles of independent living, and community resources utilized in rehabilitation programs. F.
RHS 260. Inclusion in Recreation Settings. 3 Credits.
Study of individuals with disabling conditions and their leisure-related needs with emphasis on integration strategies and legislation that facilitate community involvement. F,S.
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