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Penn State Lehigh Valley to offer BS in Rehabilitation and Human Services

7/11/2012 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce that the campus will now offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services beginning in fall 2012.

The Rehabilitation and Health Services degree will help prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of human service settings, particularly those that provide services to persons with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. Graduates can pursue employment in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior citizens centers, community mental health programs, mental retardation programs, corrections systems, and hospitals.  

For those interested in pursuing graduate studies, the major provides a good foundation for human service professional disciplines, such as rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, occupational therapy, and social work.

Dr. Debra Miller, Academic Coordinator of Education, says she is thrilled to offer this degree program at Penn State Lehigh Valley. Miller adds, “This degree complements our already successful four-year programs in both Education and Psychology. Job opportunities are extensive, and our location is rich with internship possibilities.”

Dr. Kenneth Thigpen, Director of Academic Affairs, says the Lehigh Valley campus is the first campus outside of University Park to offer this degree. Thigpen says, “There is an extraordinary concentration of health care and rehab services in this area. Our students, as well as our community, will be well-served by this degree, and I’m looking forward to graduating our first class of professionals in this field.”

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