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Holistic empowerment to improve lives

Rehabilitation is the empowering process of exercising control over our own lives. Rehabilitation professionals help those with disabilities achieve their greatest physical, mental, social, educational and vocational potential. Since its inception in 1972, SFA’s undergraduate rehabilitation services training program has focused on the holistic nature of people, self-responsibility for health promotion and wellness, the uniqueness of each individual, equal opportunity for health care, and social and economic involvement for all persons with disabilities.

Authentic, real-world learning experiences

As a student in the rehabilitation services program, you’ll learn from industry experts about professional organizations and interdisciplinary professional activities. Throughout the academic year, we offer our students extra educational opportunities through guest speakers, presentations by advocacy and consumer groups in the field of rehabilitation, attendance at professional conferences and research opportunities.

In addition, the internship experience is extremely valuable for rehabilitation services majors. It provides supervised practical work experience in rehabilitation services agencies in Texas and the Southwest Region. This learning opportunity will encourage you to apply personal values, theory and a philosophy of working with persons with disabilities.

Internship opportunities

  • Cadence Therapy
  • Daymark Living
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Hettie Legg and Associates
  • Lufkin State Supported Living Center
  • Nacogdoches ISD Student Support Services
  • Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital
  • Nacogdoches Memorial Physician Group
  • Nacogdoches Treatment Center
  • Shepherd ISD
  • Solid Foundation
  • Texas Institute of Rehabilitation Research
  • Texas Rehabilitation Commission
  • The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas
  • The Helping House
  • Transitional Living Center

Preparation for post-graduate work

There is a growing demand for rehabilitation counselors due to the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and persons with disabilities.

This degree program prepares you to work in a helping profession right after graduation. It also prepares you to apply to graduate school programs in social, allied health or health services, if you wish. Many rehabilitation services majors also pursue a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling.

Job functions may include coordinating the diagnosis and evaluation of the disabling condition, interviewing, individual planning, arranging for various services to help reduce the effect of disability, assisting in the selection of a suitable vocational goal, facilitating personal and social adjustment, job placement, and follow up.

BS in Rehabilitation Services

At the undergraduate level, you’ll focus on case management and developing the skills to work in a wide variety of community rehabilitation programs, nongovernmental organizations and other facilities. You’ll also prepare to enter graduate school for further rehabilitation qualifications, if you wish.

Program coursework includes 18 hours of core courses, 33 hours of additional rehabilitation courses and nine hours of substance abuse education, rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, or sign language courses. It offers students hands-on experience working with persons with disabilities through a six-hour practicum and a three-hour summer internship.

You can choose from three concentrations for your Bachelor of Science:

  • deaf services
  • orientation and mobility
  • or rehabilitation services.

Minor in addiction studies

The 21-hour addiction studies minor lays the foundation for students wishing to complete further coursework to obtain the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor credential.

Interested in pursuing a Master's degree in rehabilitation services? Learn more about the Master of Arts in professional counseling with a concentration in rehabilitation counseling


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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962