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Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Psychology

The B.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology is a double-major, joint-degree program from Georgian Court University and the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers-SHP).

This program will prepare you to help others boost their quality of life despite having a mental health impairment that impacts their lives. As a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, you’ll provide collaborative, person-directed, and individualized services that focus on helping people develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity for successful and satisfied lives. As part of the program, you will complete five semesters at GCU and finish the last three semesters at the Rutgers campus in either Scotch Plains or Stratford, New Jersey.

This joint degree, double-major program consists of 75 to 84 credits of General Education and psychology credits (including the full psychology major) taken at Georgian Court University in the first five semesters, followed by 45 credits in psychiatric rehabilitation courses taken at the Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP: Scotch Plains or Stratford campuses) during the last three semesters. According to the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, psychiatric rehabilitation professionals promote recovery, full community integration, and improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. Students who graduate from this joint degree program are able to work in the fields of psychology and psychiatric rehabilitation. They are eligible to take the examination to become a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. They are also prepared for graduate study in psychiatric rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, and psychology. During the first five semesters of study, the student completes the Georgian Court University General Education requirements, graduation requirements (e.g., physical education, transitioning to Georgian Court University course, and service learning experiential learning requirement), and the Georgian Court University psychology major. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a psychology GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible for admission to SHP (requirements subject to change). In the spring of the sophomore year, or by no later than October 1 of the junior year, the student applies to the SHP B.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation program. Admission to the SHP program is competitive and is not guaranteed. All Georgian Court General Education requirements, graduation requirements, and the psychology major, must be completed prior to enrolling at SHP, except for Georgian Court University’s second experiential learning requirement, which can be fulfilled by practica that are part of the SHP phase of the program. Students pay GCU tuition and fees while enrolled at GCU, and Rutgers University tuition and fees while enrolled at Rutgers University.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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