Student Organizations

Participation in a SHP Student Organization provides opportunity to get involved outside the classroom and enhance the holistic and individual student experience. Students have the opportunity to create their own student organization, apply to become a student leader for a student organization, or join current student organization and be involved in fun/informative events, charitable fundraisers, and other student activities. If you have any questions about student organizations or if you would like to get involved with the SHP Student Government Association, please email

Please visit our student organizations page often! We will be adding information about our current student organizations as soon as applications are completed. For instructions on how to start your own student organization, please see the drop-down menu below.

The SHP New Student Organization Guide provides instructions and steps students need to complete to create their own official SHP Student Organization. The guide explains how to complete your statement of purpose and constitution, which includes the rules and procedures for your organization. Please fully review the guide before starting or submitting the SHP New Student Organization Application.

If your student organization will be tied to an official national or state-based organization, then you will need an approval letter from this parent organization confirming that you have permission to create a student organization with the same name or with an affiliation to their organization.

If you have questions about the guide or about the application, then please contact

SHP Student Organizations Directory

Summaries and contact information student organizations will be posted as organizations are approved.

Organization Email: Annalyse Boucher
Advisor: Jennifer Bridenbaugh, Assistant Professor Clinical Nutrition

The Rutgers University School of Health Professions (SHP) Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences (DCPNS), Student Dietetic Association (SDA) aims to bring together DCPNS students from entry to advanced practice.Our goals are to provide opportunities for members to network across DCPNS programs, provide opportunities for professional development and promote healthful diet and nutrition messaging to our community at Rutgers, in NJ, nationally and around the globe. Check out the SDA website!

Organization Contact: SGA President Mercedes Aguirre –
Advisor: Michael Canzano, MA, Office of Student Affairs

The Rutgers School of Health Professions Student Government Association (Rutgers SHP SGA) was created in 2017 with the objective of meeting students’ professional, social, and academic wants, needs, and concerns. We intend to improve student life by assisting and overseeing the development of student interest organizations, which can be of academic, social, athletic, cultural, or community service nature. Our goals include, but are not limited to creating student leaders, creating a united community for both our online and on-campus students, and assist in enhancing the student experience while enrolled in our academic programs.

Organization Contact: Amanda Moskal
Advisor: Dennise Krencicki, PT, DPT MA, Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Education for DPT South

The Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) is an organization dedicated to community service, advocating health and wellness, and promotion of the Physical Therapy profession. Members of this organization play a large role in community activism, attending a wide variety of community service events such as Bike MS, Life Rolls On, the New Jersey Special Olympics, and many more. Other activities of the SPTA include fundraising events, and intramural sports.

Organization Contact: RUPASS President Ryan Elie
Advisor: Frank R. Giannelli, MS, PA-C, Lecturer, Physician Assistant Program

The mission of RUPASS is to foster the personal and professional development of physician assistant students in the state of New Jersey, encourage educational excellence, and to advocate for students and professional issues. RUPASS is organized and shall be operated exclusively for education and scientific purposes which are beneficial to medical care. To represent physician assistant students so as to maximize the benefit of their services to the public as medical professionals.

Organization Contact: Emmanuelle Arabian –
Advisor: Judith E Deutsch, PT, PHD, Professor and Director for Rivers Lab, Dept of Rehab & Movement Science

The goal of our organization is to empower healthcare professionals to effectively communicate towards non-English speaking communities they serve. This club is distinctly different from other organizations as it utilizes language as the primary tool that addresses the needs of healthcare professionals in serving patients and society. This helps promote professional and personal growth of Rutgers University and its students through exposure to different languages, cultures and ways of life as part of their training and development towards their future careers. Studies show that exposure to multiple languages increase intelligence, memory and concentration all of which can lead to greater academic and professional achievements. Our activities include peer to peer teaching experiences in a casual environment in which students can learn and discuss and participate in group presentations and classes throughout the academic year. Learn more.

Organization Contact: Mercedes Aguirre –
Advisor: Anita Van Wingerden, PT, DPT, Assistant Professor & Director of Recruitment & Alumni Affairs

Evidence shows that exercise can decrease stress and improve overall health, all of which can lead to greater academic achievements. Therefore, this group intends on promoting physical, mental, and emotional health by participating in group yoga stretches and pilates throughout each busy school day. Moreover, this group encourages people to find the time to take care of themselves and utilize the breaks between classes. This organization also provides a casual environment which students can debate and discuss research in the field of their profession. This will not only lead to an improvement to physcial health, but a development of interprofessionalism.

Organization Contact: Michael Scognomillo
Advisor: Ruth Perez, Clinical Coordinator, Lecturer for Medical Laboratory Sciences

The purpose of this organization is to educate prospective college students (High School students) as well as students who are attending a 4-year college or university on the exciting career path of Medical Laboratory Sciences. This organization will also allow current MLS students to be involved in a professional organization and encourage involvement in the Medical Laboratory Sciences community.

Organization Contact: Jennifer Worrall & Matthew Newton 
Advisor: Dr. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor & Program Director

The purpose of the organization is to provide a structured student-run organization for each Rutgers (SHP) Doctor of Physical Therapy North class that will serve as a representing body for each respective class. Each class council will serve as the primary liaison between students and faculty and will be responsible for relaying and communicating class matters, events, and scheduling to ultimately augment and enrich the student and faculty experience throughout the program. Please visit the Rutgers DPTNCC webpage for more information.

Please click the Student Organizations tab above for information on how to start your own student organization.

SHP Student Organizations are managed by the Office of Student Affairs and the SHP Student Government Association. Please refer to the drop down menus below for student organization event forms, budget requests, suggested vendors, banking, tax exempt status and fundraising. If you have any questions, please email

Student Organization Administration Information

Student Org Upcoming Event Form – All official SHP student organizations must complete this form when planning an event. By completing this form, you will assist our office with coordinating events among our various student organizations. This helps with planning and ultimately the success of your event, including getting other students involved.

Student Org Completed Event Form – All official SHP student organizations must complete this form after an event has taken place. This form is important for Student Affairs to track your events and involvement.

Student Organization Budget Request Form – For a student organization to spend funds from their annual budget, they must submit a request to the Office of Student Affairs. We do not allow Student Organizations to submit checks for reimbursement. All official SHP student organizations must complete this form. This form assists us with expediting your request and tracking the amount of credits you use.

Student Affairs can only purchase food or supplies from Rutgers Official Vendors. The following is our list of suggested Rutgers Official vendors for food/catering, promotional items, and supplies for our student organizations. If you are interested in using a Rutgers Official vendor not included in this list, please email

Food & Catering Vendors

  • Shoprite of Newark
  • Shoprite of Laurel Hill (Blackwood)
  • Shoprite of Piscataway (Store Pickup Only)
  • Papa Pat’s Pizza (Newark)
  • University Caterers (Newark)
  • Gerlanda’s Pizza (Piscataway)
  • Legend’s Caterers (Piscataway)
  • Seasons Pizza (Blackwood)
  • Sodexo (Campus Dining Services Blackwood)

Branded Items & Apparel

Student organization logos must be approved by Student Affairs and the Rutgers Trademark and Licensing office. To obtain an official logo for your student organization, submit a draft to Student Affairs will contact you and work as an intermediary between your student organization and the trademark office. Official logos could take up to a month to complete due to design limitations.

If you intend to fundraise with the branded items you are ordering, then you must use All Colors or IPP Pressworks. These vendors will work with you to setup an online store. No Rutgers entity is permitted to fundraise with any other vendors.

If you are purchasing items to giveaway to SHP students, then you may use any of the vendors on this Rutgers Vendor List.

Supplies & Miscellaneous Items

  • Amazon
  • Office Depot

End of Year Report – Every official student organization must submit an End of Year Report to the Office of Student Affairs by June 25th each year. This report must include information on the student organization’s succession plan for the executive board, roster, events, financial transactions, and accomplishments for the year. For assistance with your End of Year Report and to acquire the End of Year Report template, please contact Michael Canzano at

Student Organization Yearly Survey – All student organization members must complete the Student Organization yearly survey.  The survey should be completed towards the end of the academic year.

Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) Office of Student Affairs requires all official SHP student organizations to independently manage and take responsibility for their finances, bank accounts, and tax filings. Official SHP student organizations are required to operate as non-proft organizations that do not generate income for individuals and/or the organization itself. Official SHP student organizations must comply with applicable federal and state tax laws. Rutgers’ School of Health Professions tax exempt status does not extend to its student organizations. Our office is available to advise our official student org