Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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).


    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

    School Overview

    The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility. 

    More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.


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