Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Noel Estrada-Hernandez

Welcome to The Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at The University of Iowa. My name is Noel Estrada-Hernández, Ph.D., CRC and I am the Program Coordinator. If you are considering a MA degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling, The University of Iowa has much to offer you. I you are interested in pursuing our PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education you should visit our PhD program’s website.

For over 50 years, The University of Iowa Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling has demonstrated its commitment to increasing the quality of life for people with disabilities and mental health disorders through the preparation of qualified professionals who are able to provide competent services to people with diverse problems in living. This commitment has been recognized with our program been consistently ranked as one of the top 5 programs in the United States for the past 10 years. Our graduates work in many of Iowa’s 99 Counties, different states across the United States, and various international countries as well. Our faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and they have a national reputation for leadership and research in the profession. Our blended curriculum provides a diversity of clinical opportunities in the community. We have excellent library, classroom, technological, and research resources, and our small student-to-faculty ratio provides an excellent opportunity for persons wanting a quality graduate education. You can read more about the admissions process, curriculum, and graduation requirements for these programs in other areas of our Web Site.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Gradate Program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling has admitted an average of 13 students with between 11 and 12 students graduating each year; the program has a completion rate of 95%. Most students complete the program in 6 semesters (2 years) of full time study.  Updated costs of attendance for in-state and out-of-state students can be found at The University of Iowa offers a number of competitive scholarships. In addition, the Program offers the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) scholarship on a competitive basis. The Scholarship provides tuition and living stipend for Fall and Spring semesters. Please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. John S. Wadsworth, for program requirements and information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Following graduation, graduates have multiple employment opportunities.  One-hundred percent of graduates obtained employment or entered advanced training within 6 months of graduation in the past 3 years. Graduates provide counseling services in public and private settings, provide employment services in public and private settings, and pursue Doctoral degrees.  Program graduate are eligible to take certification exams for Rehabilitation Counseling.  As graduates of a CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, they also have the necessary curricular requirements to be eligible for licensure in Iowa as Mental Health Counselors once they complete the required post-graduate supervised practice (3,000 hours of mental health counseling, that shall include a minimum of 1,500 hours of direct client contact, and at least 200 hours of direct clinical supervision) and examination requirements.  Ninety-eight percent of students pass required comprehensive exams in their first attempt and approximately 81% of graduates pass the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam on the first attempt. 

We would like to hear from you about your interest in rehabilitation and mental health counseling. Please feel free to contact me or any faculty member for further information about the profession, program, or application process. You can find out more about the faculty members by exploring the faculty biographies at this web site. We look forward to hearing from you.


Dr. Noel Estrada-Hernandez


  • CORE (2015, no conditions)
  • CACREP; Mental Health Counseling (2018, no conditions)

Academic Measures

  • Annual Fall Enrollment
    • 2014 - 24
    • 2013 - 26
    • 2012 - 28
    • 2011 - 27
    • 2010 - 25
    • 2009 - 30
  • Average Undergraduate GPA of Entering Student
    • From 2011-12 to 2013-14 - 3.36
  • Average GRE scores by subtests (by section, as required by your department)
    • Old Test
      • Verbal - 525
      • Quantitative - 493
      • Writing - 3.85
    • New Test
      • Verbal - 152
      • Quantitative - 147
      • Writing - 3.85
  • Percentage of students receiving scholarships
    • From 2011-12 to 2013-14 - 43%

Outcome Measures

  • Students who completed the program (2011-2014) - 95%
  • Students who completed the program in 6 semesters - 97%
  • Graduates employed in the professional field in which they graduated (Not including students who have entered PhD degrees) (2011-2013) - 83%
  • Applicants for Certification successfully passing the exam (2011-2012) - 81% (National rate 71%)
  • Applicants for Certification successfully passing the exam (2011-2012) - 81% (National rate 71%)