Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) | Online

Program Type
Certificate of Graduate Study (Online)
Certificate of Graduate Study
Mode of Study

Tuition per credit hour

$460 for in-state and
$494 for out-of-state residents. See details and other costs

Credit hours

15 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as little as 1 year. Explore program requirements


Apply for fall, spring, or summer term. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Balance your schedule while completing your certificate: Our fully online program allows you to complete coursework from wherever you are.
  • Save money with reduced e-tuition for out-of-state students.
  • Make progress toward a future degree: Apply course credits from your certificate toward a Counseling master’s degree.
  • Earn the certificate (MHRT/C) required to work in agencies funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and many other human services organizations.
  • Study with expert and engaged faculty who work closely with you to develop a program tailored to your interest.
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MHRT/C Certification

The Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician-Community (MHRT/C) Certificate is required for work in agencies funded by the Maine DHHS and many other human service organizations.

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Expand career opportunities

Students pursuing their Master of Science in Counseling — Rehabilitation often pursue this certificate to expand their career options.

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Program requirements

Our program is especially suited for practitioners who work in the mental health system and desire training in psychosocial rehabilitation — or for those with prior graduate training who need flexible coursework to update their skills and knowledge in the psychosocial rehabilitation approach.

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Expert faculty

Our faculty are deeply committed to student success. Faculty members engage in continous scholarship related to areas such as counselor self care, altruism and moral courage, rehabilitation and aging, suicide awareness, and resiliency.

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Future degree planning

Interested in earning your master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in the future? The credits you earn through this certificate program can be applied to our Counseling — Rehabilitation MS. Some restrictions may apply.

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Admission information: Certificate of Graduate Study in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C)

Application deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis and review them continuously.

Application deadlineFall term startSpring term startSummer term start
All applicantsAugust 1December 15April 15

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor’s degree and relevant professional experience. Persons with a bachelor’s degree and one-year direct experience in the mental health field may apply for the five-course sequence.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

General requirements

  • Application: Online application
  • Application fee:
    • In-state, out-of-state, and Canadian applicants: Free to apply
    • International applicants: Submit US $50 fee to apply
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information regarding test scores and requirements.

Additional requirements

  • Personal statement discussing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals

English proficiency test scores

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Where to send application materials

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