Rehabilitation Services Requirements

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The mission of the baccalaureate program in Rehabilitation Services is to prepare students to work with people with disabilities in a variety of settings in a wide range of positions. Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain meaningful employment, to live as independently as possible, to participate to the fullest extent possible in their communities, and to assume control of their lives. Students who graduate from the program will be prepared to fill various roles including developmental training coordinator, independent living specialist, employment specialist, habilitation program coordinator, rehabilitation coordinator, addictions professional, community-based training instructor, case manager, job placement specialist, work adjustment specialist, residential service director, and job coach supervisor. They will be employed in settings such as vocational training programs, residential and day treatment programs, independent living centers, community rehabilitation programs and addiction treatment programs. Students also will be well prepared to enter a master’s degree program in rehabilitation or a related field.

Students majoring in Rehabilitation Services are required to complete 39 hours of University Core Curriculum courses, 48 hours in the major, and 33 hours of electives which are chosen by the student in conjunction with the advisor.

Students must maintain a 2.25 on a 4.0 scale overall and a 2.5 in major coursework to remain in the program and to graduate with a degree in Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, students must earn a C or better in all required Rehabilitation Services prefix courses.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Rehabilitation Services Degree Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
To include PSYC 102.
Requirements for Major in Rehabilitation Services 48
REHB 205, REHB 400, REHB 401, REHB 405, REHB 407, REHB 421, REHB 445B, REHB 445H, REHB 450, REHB 452, REHB 461, REHB 474, REHB 493, REHB 495 1
Approved Electives 33
Suggestions include: CDS 301, CDS 385; PH 311, PH 410; PSYC 222, PSYC 301, PSYC 303, PSYC 304, PSYC 431; REC 303; REHB 419, REHB 445F, REHB 446, REHB 458, REHB 471, REHB 480; SOC 303, SOC 321; SPED 430
Total 120

1 REHB 205 is available for credit in the Human Health area of the University Core Curriculum

Rehabilitation Services Minor

A minor in Rehabilitation Services consists of 5 courses (15 hours). Three of those courses are required. They include REHB 205, REHB 401, and REHB 400. Additionally, students must take two of the following courses: REHB 407, REHB 452, one of REHB 445B, REHB 445E, REHB 445F, REHB 445H, or REHB 461. A GPA of at least 2.5 must be achieved in the rehabilitation courses required of the minor.

REHB 205 is available for credit in the Human Health area of the University Core Curriculum.

Substance Use and Behavioral Disorders Minor

The undergraduate minor in Substance Use and Behavioral Disorders is designed for all SIU students with an interest in gaining additional credentials.  The minimum requirements for the minor are comprised of 15 credit hours of coursework.  All 15 semester hours must be completed at SIU.  Students obtaining a minor must maintain an average GPA of 2.0 or above in their required coursework.

Course Sequence:  The course sequence follows the Illinois Model for Counselor Certification* which outlines counseling training standards and skills. For successful completion of the minor students must complete the following courses:

  • REHB 461: Introduction to Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Addictions
  • REHB 471: Treatment, Recovery and Relapse Prevention
  • REHB 458: Interventions for Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Addictions in Special Populations
  • REHB 466: Substance Use, Behavioral Addictions, and the Family

Elective: A 3 credit elective may be taken in any program as long as the course content for the elective is related to the minor (e.g. counseling, case management, criminal justice, public health, social work).

Students completing a minor in SUD and planning to obtain a CADC certificate in Illinois must also complete an 8-credit hour supervised internship.

*Note: Only those students interested in obtaining a CADC in Illinois by meeting ICB advanced training requirements are required to complete an 8-credit hour supervised internship in addition to the above coursework.  Students interested in obtaining the CADC certificate as part of their minor must contact the coordinator of the Substance Use Disorder and Addictive Behaviors Certificate Program for additional information about the certificate and internship placements.

For more information contact: Rehabilitation Counseling, and Administration Program,

Capstone Option for Transfer Students

The SIU Capstone Option may be available to eligible students who have earned an associates degree or the equivalent. The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion. See the Capstone Option section for more information on this option.