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Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment - Joint Program with Rutgers - School of Health Professions

Program Code: PSR.AS
Associate in Science Degree

This is an exciting and innovative field in which service providers assist people in obtaining the skills, support and resources they will need to achieve success and satisfaction in their living, learning, working and social environments. The overall goals of this field are promotion of recovery, community integration, and improved quality of life for people coping with psychiatric disabilities. Graduates can transfer all of their credits to the Rutgers-SHP joint Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation with the following universities/colleges: Rutgers University-Newark, Kean University, Georgian Court University or Felician University. In addition, graduates can apply to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Rutgers-SHP with a Psychiatric Rehabilitation track.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Below are required courses and recommended course groupings and sequences for program completion.

Students must complete all general education courses and PSR-101 prior to joint enrolment with Rutgers-SHP.  Students should apply to Rutgers-SHP by May 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission.  Once admitted to Rutgers-SHP, full-time students complete the program during three semesters.

Courses may have prerequisite and corequisite requirements. Check course descriptions for details.

Contact the Department Chairperson

Semester I

3

MAT-107 should be taken by career students only

OR

3

MAT-116 or MAT-123 should be taken by students who intend to transfer to the B.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation/Psychology

OR

3

MAT-116 or MAT-123 should be taken by students who intend to transfer to the B.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation/Psychology

Semester II

4

Students must complete BIO-106 prior to joint enrollment at Rutgers-SHP

3

Choose one Psychology course designated as General Education Social Science (GE SS) or General Education Diversity (GE DIV).

Summer

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

Semester III

Semester IV

Summer

Standards of Progress

Must achieve a “C” or better in all PSR courses May retake a PSR course only once and obtain a passing grade (i.e. “C” or better)

Total Credits 64 - 65

Contact Information

Contact Name: Professor Peter Basto, department chair
OR Jeffrey Herron, Dean, Division of Professional Studies

Contact Phone: 908.889.2550 (Rutgers-SHP)
OR 732.906.3502 (MCC)

Contact Email: peter.m.basto@rutgers.edu
OR JHerron@middlesexcc.edu

Website: http://shp.rutgers.edu/

Frequently Asked Questions

What will students learn if they study Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment?

Courses focus on imparting the knowledge, practical skills and attitudes needed to provide support and services to people with psychiatric disabilities in a variety of community settings that provide social, vocational, residential and case management services.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

PSR majors need to complete 18 credits of general education and Introduction to Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR-101) before beginning the professional phase of the program (PSR-102 and beyond).  Students must take BIO-106 prior to enrollment in the joint program and must complete the math requirement.  Students must have a "C" or better in one year of a high school laboratory science.  As a result of the student's performance on the College's placement test, he or she may need developmental coursework.  All developmental coursework must be completed before they will be considered for admission to the Program.

Can students transfer to a four-year college or university?

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all of the lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with private institutions may provide similar transfer provisions. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

The degree can be completed in five semesters. Part time study is also an option.

Are there any special requirements once the student is admitted to this major?

Students must meet the academic standards of progress outlined above to stay in the program. They must meet with the program director each semester prior to registration.

Can graduates obtain certification?

Yes, graduates of the AS in Psychosocial Rehabilitation are the only Associate degree graduates allowed to take the certification examination offered by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. The certification to become a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) is a nationally and internationally recognized credential that indicates the individual meets the standards of the profession. 

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