Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Associate in Science
A joint Associate in Science Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation is offered in cooperation with the School of Health Professions (SHP) at Rutgers University. A degree is awarded simultaneously by Ocean County College and Rutgers.
Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners provide services and supports to people with severe mental illnesses and other disabilities, empowering them to manage their illnesses and live rewarding and productive lives in the community. Psychosocial rehabilitation practitioners assist people in obtaining the skills, support and resources they will need to achieve success and satisfaction in their social, vocational, educational and independent living environments. The overall goals of this field are promotion of recovery, community integration, and improved quality of life for people coping with psychiatric disabilities. There are ample career opportunities for PSR practitioners in a variety of rehabilitation programs and community mental health settings. The knowledge and skills of the PSR practitioner qualify him/her to provide supportive counseling, case management services, and vocational rehabilitation interventions. The practitioner is also prepared to facilitate skills training groups as well as psycho-education and support groups.
To meet the demand for qualified professionals in this area, Rutgers’ School of Health Professions (SHP) now offers a full psychiatric rehabilitation career ladder-from the associate’s through the Ph.D. degree. This program will provide you with the basic skills and rehabilitation techniques to begin your career. As part of the program, you will complete two semesters of fieldwork at a community service agency.
Students will complete 30 pre-professional general education credits at Ocean County College, and 30 Psychosocial Rehabilitation credits through the Rutgers SHP Piscataway or Blackwood campus. This course of study can be completed on either a full or part-time basis.
To apply for admission to the Psychosocial Rehabilitation program at Rutgers, students must:
be a matriculated student at Ocean County College
be a current resident of Ocean County
show completion of all 30 general education credits required prior to the start of the professional course work. (Note: general education credits must be completed at OCC)
hold a High School Diploma or equivalent
submit all Official College Transcripts to Rutgers
submit New Jersey College Basic Skills Test Scores and show evidence of the completion of all basic skills courses
have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for college-level courses
Take and pass the OCC computer literacy test (students who do not pass this test must complete an additional Gen Ed Technology course)
Interested students must complete a Student Information Sheet and submit it to the Ocean County College School of Nursing & Health Sciences
- To train paraprofessionals and professionals to competently promote recovery and community integration for those with psychiatric disabilities.
- To facilitate improving the quality of life for people coping with psychiatric disabilities across a wide variety of social service and community agency settings
- To open career opportunities in the field for competently trained and qualified paraprofessionals.
The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Basic Skills requirements and pre-requisites. An individual’s sequence at OCC may vary. See your advisor for options and to monitor your progress. Students must satisfy specific requirements in order to be admitted to this program. This degree may take longer than two years to complete. All general education courses must be taken prior to starting clinical courses.
OCC Courses Taken as Prerequisites Prior to Admission at Rutgers (30 credits at OCC)
|First Semester||Credit Hours|
|ENGL 151||English I||3|
|MATH 165||College Algebra (Accelerated)||5|
|PSYC 172||General Psychology||3|
|Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement||3|
|ENGL 152||English II||3|
|SOCI 181||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 1||4|
|Course(s) from the Gen. Ed. Course List||6|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
Career Studies Courses Taken at Rutgers (30 credits at Rutgers)
|PSRT 1101||Intro. to Principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation||3|
|PSRT 1102||Communication Techniques for Interviewing & Counseling||3|
|PSRT 1103||Intro. to Group Dynamics & Process||3|
|PSRT 1204||Clinical Principles in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Treatment||3|
|PSRT 1019||Clinical Practicum in Psychosocial Rehabilitation I||6|
|PSRT 2121||Community Resource Management||3|
|PSRT 2019||Clinical Practicum in Psychosocial Rehabilitation II||6|
|PSRT 2231||Emerging Topics in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Treatment||3|
|Total Credit Hours||30|