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Psychosocial Rehabilitation Associate of Science Degree

Become a Professional Mental Health Practitioner

New Jersey’s first psychiatric rehabilitation undergraduate degree program, the Associate of Science degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation prepares graduates to become Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners, qualifying the graduate to work as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner.

Coursework and clinical field experience teach students the knowledge, skills and rehabilitation techniques to begin careers as mental health practitioners. Lectures, interactive classroom activities and the required clinical practicum experience prepare students to provide supportive services to those living with serious mental illnesses. Practitioners provide supportive counseling, case management services, and vocational rehabilitation.

We offer the degree in collaboration with eight affiliate schools: Middlesex County College, Union County College, Warren County Community College, Cumberland County College, Passaic County Community College, Raritan Valley Community College, Ocean County College, and Sussex County Community College

Admissions cycles are October 15 and March 1 of each year.

  • Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on the CPRP national credentialing exam.
  • Students gain hands-on experience in a 480-hour clinical practicum
  • Our program is considered a model in the nation
  • Flexibility of full-time and part-time options
  • To meet a strong demand for qualified professionals in the field, we offer a complete psychiatric rehabilitation career ladder from A.S. through Ph.D. degrees.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation graduates will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1.   Develop competencies to work effectively with people who have psychiatric disabilities as outlined by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.
  2.   Apply the goals, values, and principles of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation in practice settings.
  3.   Utilize communication techniques in a professional capacity with individuals, families, team members, and people in the community.
  4.   Develop skills needed to effectively facilitate rehabilitation groups.
  5.   Work effectively as a team member to provide wellness and recovery focused rehabilitation services.
  6.   Complete documentation requirements to meet state and federal insurance regulations.
  7.   Provide psychiatric rehabilitation interventions to promote skill development and resource acquisition

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Ample career opportunities for psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners are available in a variety of rehabilitation programs and, mental health settings. Graduates are hired to work on outreach teams, housing programs, supported employment, supported education, and partial care/day treatment programs.

The A.S. in Psychosocial Rehabilitation is for students who are interested in working with people who have psychiatric disabilities. Students in the program often have a close friend or relative with a mental illness, or have experienced some type of emotional problem themselves. Others want to work in the helping profession and learn about psychiatric rehabilitation. Second-career students are also good candidates for the degree.  

Other considerations:

  •   Full time students are on campus two days a week for the first semester, and one day a week for the second and third semester. Some required courses are web-based
  •   Part-time studies available
  •   Fall and Spring admissions
  •   The program is classroom-based with two online courses available
  •   Two semesters of a Clinical Practicum where students are placed at a psychiatric rehabilitation program to gain hands on experience in the field
  •   Transfer opportunities upon graduation to the B.S. in Health Sciences, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Track at Rutgers-SHP, or to a dual major program in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation between Rutgers-SHP and Rutgers Newark, Kean University, Felician University, and Georgian Court University
  •   Campuses are located at Scotch Plains and at Camden Blackwood

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

Start by applying to one of the program affiliates: Middlesex County College, Union County College, Warren County College, Cumberland County College, Burlington County College, Camden County College, Ocean County College, Passaic County Community College, or Raritan Valley Community College (see below for affiliate information). Initially, you will also register, pay tuition and apply for financial aid at the affiliate.

Once you have completed a minimum of 18 credits (some affiliates require completion of all general education requirements) of the general education requirements, 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. Apply through Rutgers SHP by March 1 for Fall term or October 15 for Spring term.

The requirements for admission to the professional phase of the program at Rutgers SHP is as follows:

  • Previous admission to affiliate school
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 18-36 credits in liberal arts & general education (according to affiliate curriculum requirements) including completion of English composition, required math and science courses
  • All Official College Transcripts
  • New Jersey College Basic Skills Test Scores and basic skills courses completed
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for college-level courses

Burlington County College
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068
Admissions Website:

Camden County College
PO Box 200
College Drive Blackwood, NJ 08012
Admissions Website:

Cumberland County College
Enrollment Services Office
PO Box 1500, Vineland, NJ 08362-1500
856/691-8600, ext. 221
Admissions Website:
Admissions Contacts:

Middlesex County College
Office of Admissions
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
PO Box 3050
Edison, NJ 08818-3050
Admissions Email:
Admissions Website:

Ocean County College
Admissions Office
College Drive
Administration, Building 1
Toms River, NJ
732-255-0400 X2960
Admissions Email:
Admissions Website:

Passaic County Community College
One College Boulevard
Paterson, NJ 07505
Admissions Website:–admissions/new-students

Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Admissions Website: 

Union County College
Office of Admissions
1033 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Admissions Website:

Warren County Community College
Office of Admissions
475 Route 57 West
Washington, NJ 07882
Admissions Website:

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Health Professions
Office of Enrollment Management
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107-3001
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Students complete 31-36 credits of general education courses at the affiliated community college before applying to Rutgers. Students enrolled at Rutgers take 30 credits of professional courses at either the Scotch Plains or Blackwood campus. Full-time students complete the courses in three semesters:


  • PSRT 1101 (3 credits): Introduction to the Principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Psychiatric rehabilitation history; goals, values and principles of the field; different service modalities, and methods used
  • PSRT 1102 (3 credits): Communication Techniques: Basic therapeutic communication techniques; in-class practice; recording assignments outside of class
  • PSRT 1103 (3 credits); Group Interventions for People with Disabilities: Leading individual and co-led groups; group dynamics, cohesion, and process
  • PSRT 1204 (3 credits): Clinical Principles: The mental health system; symptoms and diagnoses; treatment versus rehabilitation
  • PSRT 2121 (3 credits): Community Resources (Online Course): The community support system; entitlements; functions of case management
  • PSRT 2131 (3 credits): Emerging Topics (Online Course): Evidence based practices; integrating physical and mental health services
  • PSRT 1019 (6 credits): Clinical Practicum I: 240-hour placement at a psychiatric rehabilitation agency; put course work into practice; connect with service recipients and providers; identify learning goals
  • PSRT 2019 (6 credits): Clinical Practicum II: 240-hour placement at a psychiatric rehabilitation agency; documentation; complete learning goals; work one-to one with two service recipients on goal attainment.

*Students must complete the first four courses listed above with a “C” or better to be eligible to take the Practicum Courses.

Requirements for Graduation

Information about the NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, including membership, and the annual state conference can be found here:

Information on the national Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association including membership and how to become a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner can be found here: