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Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology



Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is SHP?

Answer:  SHP stands for the School of Health Professions.  It is part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.  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 40 programs at all academic levels. Many programs, including the Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology, are offered in conjunction with one or more of our many 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 offer the general education, basic sciences, and liberal arts courses.

Question: What affiliates are associated with the Bachelors of Science Degree Program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology?

Answer: The affiliates for this program are Rutgers Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS), Kean University, Georgian Court University (GCU) and Felician College.

Question: Where do I apply?

Answer:    To seek admission to the program, begin by applying to one these affiliate schools.    Once you are accepted by the affiliate school and have completed the required number of general education and psychology courses you will complete a second application for admission to the Rutgers School of Health Professions.  Note that students who start the dual major program at Rutgers NCAS, GCU or Felician usually apply to SHP in the Fall of their junior year so that they can begin their psychiatric rehabilitation courses in January of their junior year.   Students coming into the program through Kean University may apply once they have completed 40 credits at Kean, including at least 3 psychology courses.  

Question: How many credits will I need to graduate?

Answer:  The number of credits required for graduation varies by partner school.  The range is 120-142. 

Question: Where do I take classes?

Answer: You will take all general education and psychology classes at the affiliate school. You will take your psychiatric rehabilitation classes at SHP’s Scotch Plains campus.  Some BS level psychiatric rehabilitation courses are also offered at the Blackwood, NJ campus.   Several of the required courses and some of the elective courses are web-based.

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 the SHP Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions) will advise you in collaboration with an affiliate school academic adviser.

Question: What degree will I receive from this program?

Answer: You will receive a joint Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology from SHP and the affiliate school.

Question: What will a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology prepare me to do?

Answer:   Graduates have many career opportunities in community-based mental health settings; they have also found employment at psychiatric hospitals.  Job titles include case manager, residential counselor, mental health counselor, habilitation counselor, employment specialist and job coach.  In addition, this dual major degree prepares students for a variety of graduate school options.   These include masters and doctoral level degree programs in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychiatric rehabilitation, psychology and social work. 

Question: Can I earn advanced standing in a graduate program by completing this bachelor’s degree?

Answer:   Up to 6 credits earned in this degree program may apply to one of the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions’ Graduate degree programs.   Speak to your academic adviser about the best elective courses to take in order to seek advanced standing.

To learn more about the Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology contact:

Bill Waynor, Program Director
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Health Professions
Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076











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