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Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) is giving our students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and learning experience at SHP by joining or creating a Student Organization! 

If you would like to create your own student organization, then please review the SHP-Rutgers New Student Organization Guide.

After reviewing the guide, you may begin the New Student Organization Application. 

If you have any questions about Student Organizations or if you would like to get involved with the SHP Student Government Association, then please contact Michael Canzano at the Office of Student Affairs at 973-972-8594 or

Please visit our Student Organization page often! We will be adding information about our current Student Organizations as soon as applications are completed! 


SHP Student Organizations Directory

Summaries and contact information student organizations will be posted as organizations are approved. 

SHP Student Government Association (SGA)

Organization Contact: SGA President Fae Cushing -

Advisor: Michael Canzano, MA, Office of Student Affairs

The Rutgers School of Health Professions Student Government Association (Rutgers SHP SGA) was created in 2017 with the objective of meeting students' professional, social, and academic wants, needs, and concerns. We intend to improve student life by assisting and overseeing the development of student interest organizations, which can be of academic, social, athletic, cultural, or community service nature. Our goals include, but are not limited to creating student leaders, creating a united community for both our online and on-campus students, and assist in enhancing the student experience while enrolled in our academic programs. Please visit the SGA website for more information.

Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA)

Organization Contact: SPTA President Michael Cascio -

Advisor: Dennise Krencicki, PT, DPT MA, Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Education for DPT South

The Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) is an organization dedicated to community service, advocating health and wellness, and promotion of the Physical Therapy profession. Members of this organization play a large role in community activism, attending a wide variety of community service events such as Bike MS, Life Rolls On, the New Jersey Special Olympics, and many more. Other activities of the SPTA include fundraising events, and intramural sports. 

Rutgers University Physician Assistant Student Society (RUPASS)

Organization Contact: RUPASS President Delroy Allen -

Advisor: Frank R. Giannelli, MS, PA-C, Lecturer, Physician Assistant Program

The mission of RUPASS is to foster the personal and professional development of physician assistant students in the state of New Jersey, encourage educational excellence, and to advocate for students and professional issues. RUPASS is organized and shall be operated exclusively for education and scientific purposes which are beneficial to medical care. To represent physician assistant students so as to maximize the benefit of their services to the public as medical professionals.

SHP International Student Organization (SISO)

Organization Contact: SISO President Huda Eldosougi -

Advisor: Shankar Srinivasan, PhD, Associate Professor & Program Director, Dept of Health Informatics

The purpose of SISO is to provide a platform for students to network and train as well as share best practice through discussion and debate. This organization will allow students to use their international perspectives on interests and experiences in healthcare from and raise awareness of global issues in healthcare. SISO hopes to provide students an unprecedented diversity and interactive model of inclusion in the healthcare professoin on a graduate and undergraduate level. Please visit the SISO website for more information.


Organization Contact: Mercedes Aguirre -

Advisor: Anita Van Wingerden, PT, DPT, Assistant Professor & Director of Recruitment & Alumni Affairs

Evidence shows that exercise can decrease stress and improve overall health, all of which can lead to greater academic achievements. Therefore, this group intends on promoting physical, mental, and emotional health by participating in group yoga stretches and pilates throughout each busy school day. Moreover, this group encourages people to find the time to take care of themselves and utilize the breaks between classes. This organization also provides a casual environment which students can debate and discuss research in the field of their profession. This will not only lead to an improvement to physcial health, but a development of interprofessionalism.

Rutgers MLS Association

Organization Contact: Upasana Parekth -

Advisor: Ruth Perez, Clinical Coordinator, Lecturer for Medical Laboratory Sciences

The purpose of this organization is to educate prospective college students (High School students) as well as students who are attending a 4-year college or university on the exciting career path of Medical Laboratory Sciences. This organization will also allow current MLS students to be involved in a professional organization and encourage involvement in the Medical Laboratory Sciences community. 

Rutgers DPT North Class Council

Organization Contact: Alexander Olan -

Advisor: Dr. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor & Program Director

The purpose of the organization is to provide a structured student-run organization for each Rutgers (SHP) Doctor of Physical Therapy North class that will serve as a representing body for each respective class. Each class council will serve as the primary liaison between students and faculty and will be responsible for relaying and communicating class matters, events, and scheduling to ultimately augment and enrich the student and faculty experience throughout the program. Please visit the Rutgers DPTNCC webpage for more information.





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