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Master of Science degree in Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science, with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling

Program Details

University of Hawaii offers a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling for students interested in becoming practitioners and administrators in the field of vocational rehabilitation. Students will aim to learn the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve empowerment, responsibility, and independence.

Those enrolled in this program will learn about the scientific and medical processes relating to physical therapy and the treatment of individuals through physical therapy. These classes include Career Development and Vocational Counseling, Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan, and Theory and Practice in Counseling.

Upon completion of the program, students should have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications to work as an expert in physical rehabilitation and counseling. These qualifications include, but are not limited to, the ability to demonstrate familiarity with the human body and important anatomical terminology; to demonstrate an understanding of the basics of pathology, vital signs, and principals of treatment, and to demonstrate knowledge of infection control, specific types of pathogens, transmission of infection, the disease process, and how to prevent the spread of infection. Students may also be able to identify the causes, risk factors, staging, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers, to demonstrate understanding of the anatomy of the spine, proper posture, and correct body mechanics, and understand the body’s muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.


GPA – 3.0 minimum
2. Academic background (prior coursework, content, grades). Psychology, sociology,
anthropology, nursing, and social work courses are particularly helpful.
3. Recommendations attesting to applicant‗s motivation and potential. Personal or character
references are usually not rated as highly as letters from people able to judge the applicant‗s
professional and academic potential.
4. Statement of goals and objectives (specific to rehabilitation counseling). Well organized and
well written statement (with no grammatical & typographical errors) will serve as a sample of
what the program can expect from you after admission.
5. Prior experience. Paid or volunteer work in counseling, teaching or other human services areas
will be particularly helpful in rating the application.
6. Other unique qualities, honors, potential, research experience, volunteer experience, work with
diverse groups, etc.
7. Interview
8. Writing Sample

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

The HRCE program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).