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Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology



Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology is a joint degree program offered by the Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) in partnership with several affiliate schools.  Currently they are Rutgers Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Kean University, Georgian Court University and Felician College. This unique dual major program provides educational and clinical preparation for professional roles in psychiatric rehabilitation and community mental health settings. Graduates are employed by programs that provide services to individuals living with serious mental illnesses. These include case management programs, assertive community treatment teams, partial care programs, supported employment programs, and supported housing programs. Students are also prepared to pursue a variety of graduate degree options in academic disciplines such as psychiatric rehabilitation, psychology and counseling.

The Bachelor of Science program can be the first or second step of the career ladder in psychiatric rehabilitation education offered by Rutgers SHP. Students who enter the program with an Associate of Science Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment (AS-PSRT) continue their education at SHP with a core course in Case Management and 12 credits of upper level psychiatric rehabilitation courses that focus on topics such as vocational rehabilitation, independent living, family support and intervention strategies for individuals with co-occurring disorders. At the partner school they complete the requirements for a psychology major and finish general education requirements for a total of 120-133 credits.

Students who do not have the ASPSRT degree begin their coursework at one of the affiliate schools where they complete their psychology and general education requirements.  They apply to SHP during their sophomore or junior year. At SHP they complete 45 credits in psychiatric rehabilitation courses.  This includes 21 credits of core courses, a 12 credit practicum sequence, and 12 credits of electives in upper level psychiatric rehabilitation courses.  The total number of required credits depends on the partner school’s requirements, ranging from 120 to 142.

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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