Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services with a Concentration in Addiction Studies


What is Rehabilitation Services?

Rehabilitation Services is a systematic process which assists individuals with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive and addiction-based disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals through a variety of life activities.

Careers in Rehabilitation Services

Obtaining an undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Services will prepare individuals for entry-level positions in a broad array of human service related settings that assist individuals with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and addiction-based disabilities.

Graduates of the Rehabilitation Services program will be prepared to enter employment in the following areas:

  • state/federal vocational rehabilitation programs,
  • addictions recovery centers,
  • community rehabilitation centers,
  • geriatric centers,
  • independent living centers,
  • community mental health, 
  • mental retardation programs,
  • correctional facilities,
  • hospitals,
  • or, continue on to graduate school!

“Employment of social and human service professionals is expected to grow by nearly 34% through 2016. Job prospects are expected to be excellent, particularly for applicants with appropriate postsecondary education.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics



Rehabilitation Services programs are accredited through the Commission on Undergraduate Standards and Accreditation (CUSA), in conjunction with the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), located at 1699 Woodfield Road, Suite 300, Schaumburg, IL 60173 and can be reached at 874-944-1345. Website:


Mission and Objectives

The mission of the BSRS Undergraduate Program is to prepare students to become qualified entry level Rehabilitation Services professionals and to work in partnership with people with disabilities. The primary ongoing goals of the BSRS Program include: -developing and maintaining an educational curriculum focused on effective student learning and development in rehabilitation services; -preparing students to become professionals who are committed to effectively partnering with people with disabilities to achieve their maximum vocational, psychological, social, cognitive, and economic independence; and -creating a learning environment that empowers students to become advocates for clients within their communities.

Program Objectives that are intended to meet institutional and societal need

  1. Graduates of Alabama State University undergraduate program in rehabilitation services, with a concentration in addiction studies will:
  2. Prepare rehabilitation service providers who possess the skills, compassion, and cultural competence needed to provide rehabilitation services to both the traditional and underserved communities;
  3. Produce rehabilitation service providers who will join the workforce of rehabilitation professionals in Alabama and the Southeastern United States;
  4. Facilitate the State of Alabama’s goal to reduce the negative consequences of individuals with addictive behavior; and
  5. Increase the pipeline of baccalaureate degree holders committed to pursuing graduate professional education in rehabilitation counseling and related health professions.

Program Objectives that are intended to meet expected student learning outcomes and achievements

Graduates of Alabama State University’s undergraduate program in rehabilitation services, with a concentration in addiction studies will:

  1. Apply theories of addiction, counseling, independent living, and vocational rehabilitation to one’s ability to function in society;
  2. Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors that are congruent with the core values and code of ethics and standards of the of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NAADA) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC);
  3. Appropriately assess a consumer’s economic, educational, emotional, medical, physical, psychosocial, and vocational status;
  4. Develop and document a rehabilitation plan for a consumer (with or without disabilities), which requires counseling interventions that are appropriate to the consumer's status and desired goals;
  5. Demonstrate management skills, including planning, organizing, supervising, delegating and practicing as a member of a multi­disciplinary team;
  6. Appropriately assess intervention outcomes;
  7. Practice in a culturally competent manner; and
  8. Demonstrate life-long learning and a commitment to public/ community service.