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Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology

Helping Others with Psychiatric Disabilities and Mental Illnesses

Our degree program prepares students to aid in the recovery of people living with mental illnesses. A dual-major, joint-degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology is offered in partnership with Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Kean University, Georgian Court University, and Felician College.

Through intensive coursework and field experience, students learn the skills to help people with psychiatric disabilities live independently. Graduates are prepared to practice psychiatric rehabilitation in both group and individualized settings, helping people gain access to resources needed to successfully integrate into the community.

Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on the CPRP national credentialing exam. They become case managers, residential counselors, employment specialists and wellness specialists.


Please give us a call with any questions you have about the program:

Office of Admissions: 973-972-5454
Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation: 908-889-2548

Our dual major degree in psychiatric rehabilitation and psychology is the only one of its kind in the country. We offer:

  • The convenience of both in-person and on-line courses
  • A clinical practicum where students gain 480 hours of hands-on experience in a community mental health program
  • Personal attention from veteran faculty in small classrooms
  • The opportunity to work with faculty on research projects
  • Elective courses that prepare students to work with special populations
  • A complete psychiatric rehabilitation career ladder from A.S. through Ph.D. degrees
  • Enrollment in a university with a highly regarded academic and research reputation
  • Career opportunities exist in a variety of psychiatric rehabilitation and community mental health settings, such as supported employment, residential, outreach programs including Integrated case management and assertive community treatment, clubhouses, and partial care programs.
  • Many of our students are hired by their Clinical Practicum agency; the program provides an excellent environment for professional networking.
  • Students will be prepared for graduate education in fields such as Professional Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, and related fields.
  • The field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation has a national credential, the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). Graduates from our program have a 100% pass rate on the CPRP exam.
  • Identify and assess psychiatric rehabilitation service modalities.
  • Create wellness and recovery plans to assist in managing symptoms and functional deficits of serious mental illness.
  • Describe community resources including housing, entitlement, and other essential resources.
  • Adapt treatment and rehabilitation efforts for individuals based on personal history, developmental factors, and current medical and psychiatric history.
  • Utilize communication techniques in a professional capacity with individuals, families, team members, and people in the community.
  • Plan and facilitate rehabilitation groups.
  • Provide psychiatric rehabilitation interventions to promote skill development and resource acquisition.
  • Work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide wellness and recovery focused rehabilitation services.
  • Describe and utilize evidence based psychiatric rehabilitation practices.
  • Describe and utilize intervention strategies that target specialized populations such as persons with co-occurring disorders.

Rutgers is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education.

You are invited to a Virtual Open House to explore the BS in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology & AS Psychosocial Rehabilitation degree program on October 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

  • Deadline is March 1 for fall
  • Health professional with current licensure/registration, if applicable
  • Overall GPA of 2.5
  • GPA of 3.0 in any Psychology courses taken prior to admission
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Written essay related to career goals
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions attended
  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  •  For the dual major program with Kean, completion of at least 40 semester hours (including at least 3 psychology and/or psychiatric rehabilitation courses)
  • For the dual major program with Rutgers NCAS, Georgian Court University, and Felician College: Completion of all required psychology and general education courses
  • For the BSHS Psychiatric Rehabilitation track, completion of the ASPSRT Degree or an Associate Degree in a health related field, human services, psychology or in the arts and sciences from an accredited institution.
Students enter the program during their sophomore or junior year at the partner school where they fulfill their psychology and general education requirements. At Rutgers School of Health Professions, students complete a 21-credit core in psychiatric rehabilitation, a 12-credit practicum sequence, and a minimum of 12 credits of electives in upper level psychiatric rehabilitation course for a total of 120 – 142 credits. The number of credits depends on the partner school’s requirements. 

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Dept. Home
Program Director William Waynor

To learn more,
email Program
William Waynor, Ph.D., CRC, CPRP