Pre-Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology

Do you have a strong desire to help others and improve their lives? You might be interested in a career in psychiatric rehabilitation, which is a specialty area within psychology. The goal of psychiatric rehabilitation is to help disabled individuals to develop the emotional, social and intellectual skills needed to live, learn and work in the community with the least amount of professional support.

You will provide a range of psychological support and work with a variety of clients with mental illnesses and other disabilities. Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners typically work on teams with other mental health professionals and have job titles such as rehabilitation specialist, case manager, supported employment specialist or recovery coach. Graduates are also prepared to go on to graduate studies in counseling or social work.


Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology awarded jointly with Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions (Rutgers-SHRP).

Features of the Joint Program

Advisors are available one-on-one and can help you navigate application time lines, requirements and program prerequisites.

  • Spend five semesters (75 credits) at Felician University and three semesters (45 credits) of professional studies at Rutgers–SHRP for a total of 120 credits.
  • Complete all required courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a 3.0 GPA in your psychology major requirement courses.
  • Apply to Rutgers-SHRP in the spring semester of your sophomore year or in the fall semester of your junior year.
  • Complete the SHRP application form and include two letters of recommendation, a personal statement about your professional goals, and your official transcripts.
Required Courses  
Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation counselors are uniquely trained and specialized to practice in a variety of settings:

  • Clinical practice
  • Consultation
  • Program development
  • Research
  • Teaching and education
  • Training
  • Administration
  • Development of public policy
  • Advocacy related to persons with disability and chronic health conditions