Department of Rehabilitation Studies

Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Studies

Programs in Rehabilitation Studies explore models and theories that examine the social, political, cultural, and economic factors that define disability. These programs work to de-stigmatize disease, illness, and disability. Graduates provide pertinent assessments and interventions based on a holistic approach to service delivery. This holistic methodology addresses physical, mental, and emotional health, while taking social factors into consideration. Rehabilitation Studies’ graduates are social justice advocates who identify and address health care disparities and empower consumers to take charge of their lives. Our programs prepare students for professional work in the fields of rehabilitation, social and human services, allied health, and counseling.   

Alabama State University’s Department of Rehabilitation Studies comprises two academic programs: Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) and Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services with a Concentration in Addiction Studies (BSRS). Both Rehabilitation Studies programs are housed in the College of Health Sciences in the John L. Buskey Health Sciences Center, a three story, 80,000 Square foot building. This state of the art center offers ten “smart” classrooms, six clinical skills laboratories, a Gross Anatomy Lab, a large general computer lab, three student resource centers, an interdisciplinary clinic, four conference rooms, and four research laboratories. 

Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation Studies is to equip students with the competencies needed to serve persons with disabilities in both traditional and underserved communities in the city of Montgomery, the state, and nation. Our programs are designed for students whose interests and aptitudes transcend traditional classroom experiences. Our curricula, sequenced logically and developmentally, are deeply rooted in scholarship, practical field experiences, and service learning. 
Employment of social and human services professionals is projected to grow 16% through 2026. This projection is much higher than the national average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).