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Associate of Science Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation



Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is SHRP?

Answer: SHP stands for the School of Health Professions. Our specialization is two-fold: (1) Preparing students for entry-level health care careers. (2) Educating health professionals for career advancement.

Question: What types of degrees and programs does SHP offer?

Answer: SHP has over 35 programs at all academic levels. Many programs, including the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Psychiatric Rehabilitation programs, are offered in conjunction with one or more of our 28 affiliate institutions.

Question: What does it mean that SHP has affiliations with other institutions?

Answer: Affiliations are partnerships that SHP has formed with other higher education institutions to provide you with the best education possible. These partners are called affiliates and offer the general education, basic sciences, and liberal arts courses.

Question: What affiliates are associated with the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Associate Degree Program?

Answer: The affiliates for this program are Middlesex County College, Union County College, Warren County Community College, Cumberland County College, Burlington County College, Camden County College, Ocean County College, Passaic County Community College, and Raritan Valley Community College.

Question: Where do I apply?

Answer: Start by applying at one of the program affiliates: Middlesex County College, Union County College, Warren County Community College, Ocean County College, Cumberland County College, Burlington County College, Camden County College, Passaic County Community College or Raritan Valley Community College. (see Admissions). Initially, you will also register, pay tuition and apply for financial aid at the affiliate. Once you have completed a minimum of 18 credits of the general education requirements (see Curriculum), you will qualify for admission to the professional phase of the program and will be admitted to Rutgers SHP, where you will also register, pay tuition and receive financial aid if qualified.

Question: How many credits will I need to graduate?

Answer: You will need a total of 61-66 credits to graduate, depending upon which affiliate you choose. The 31-34 credits of general education courses are provided by the affiliate or may be transferred from other schools. The 30 credits of psychosocial rehabilitation courses are provided by Rutgers SHP.

Question: Where do I take classes?

Answer: You will take all general education classes at the affiliate. Psychosocial rehabilitation courses are offered at SHP's Scotch Plains and Blackwood campuses (Note: Some of the affiliates offer PSRT1101 and other first year PSRT courses on their campus; some PSRT courses are offered via the internet).

Question: Can I take course work full-time or part-time?

Answer: You can take course work on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Question: Who will advise me during the program?

Answer: The Program Director or assigned faculty from SHP will advise you.

Question: What degree will I receive from this program?

Answer: You will receive a joint Associate of Science Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from SHP and your affiliate.

Question: What will an Associate's Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation prepare me to do?

Answer: Psychosocial Rehabilitation professionals provide community-based supports and services to people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses. There are career opportunities in a variety of psychiatric and community mental health settings, such as residential, partial care and supported employment programs.


To learn more about the Associate of Science Degree Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation contact:
Peter Basto, Program Director
Rutgers, The State Universityof New Jersey
School of Health Professions
Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Rutgers School of Health Professions



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