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Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) — 120 Credits

Make a difference. Help people improve the quality of their lives. Prepare for a career in human service settings with Penn State’s bachelor of science degree program in rehabilitation and human services (RHS).

In this program you can learn such professional skills as how to:

  • advocate for others
  • assess client needs
  • conduct educational and related support groups
  • consult with professionals from other agencies and settings
  • develop client and family treatment plans
  • identify and use appropriate community resources to address client problems
  • interview clients, family members, and other support personnel
  • manage client caseloads
  • resolve conflicts

Demand for RHS Professionals

The 120-credit program can open new opportunities for a career in helping others overcome obstacles and lead fuller lives. And the need for qualified RHS professionals is expected to remain strong. Once you have acquired your bachelor’s degree in RHS, you can choose from a wide variety of careers within the broad spectrum of human services, such as: 

  • programs for children and youth
  • private nonprofit rehabilitation centers
  • private-for-profit rehabilitation agencies
  • rehabilitation hospitals
  • alcohol and other drug treatment centers
  • correctional facilities
  • public welfare agencies
  • schools
  • vocational rehabilitation programs

Sample Academic Plan

5-year academic plan for part-time students
Curriculum Check Sheet


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