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

Program Codes: PSR.AS
Associate in Science Degree

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The PRS.AS program is being phased out.  The last semester to begin the Psycho-Social Rehabilitation (PSR.AS) joint program with Rutgers-School of Health Professions is the Fall 2023 semester.  No students will be admitted after the Fall 2023 semester.  Students who are currently in the PRS.AS will be able to complete their program requirements.

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.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Develop competencies to work effectively with people who have psychiatric disabilities as outlined 
  • by the PRA (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association). 
  • Apply the goals, values, and principles of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation in practice settings. 
  • Utilize communication techniques in a professional capacity with individuals, families, team members, and people in the community. 
  • Develop skills needed to effectively facilitate rehabilitation groups. 
  • Work effectively as a team member to provide wellness and recovery focused rehabilitation services. 
  • Complete documentation requirements to meet state and federal insurance regulations. 
  • Provide psychiatric rehabilitation interventions to promote skill development and resource acquisition. 
  • Describe and utilize evidence based psychiatric rehabilitation practices. 
  • Attain membership in Psychiatric Rehabilitation professional organizations. 
  • Apply multicultural principles into practice. 
Contact the Department Chairperson

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 October 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.

Semester I


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

Semester II


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



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

Semester III

Semester IV


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 60

Contact Information

Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Contact Name: Professor Peter Basto, department chair
OR Donna Howell, Acting Dean, Business, STEM and Health Professions

Contact Phone: 908.889.2550 (Rutgers-SHP)
OR 732.548.6000 (Middlesex College)

Contact Email: peter.m.basto@rutgers.edu
OR DHowell@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-104 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.

Graduates may transfer into the Rutgers-SHP BS Dual Major program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology that is offered with the following partner schools:  Kean University, Rutgers-Newark, Felician University, and Georgian Court University.  The AS degree also transfers into the BS in Health Sciences, Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Rutgers-SHP.   In addition, graduates may transfer to other four year schools in a variety of human service majors.

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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