by jay mann
A popular path to becoming a licensed clinical psychologist often begins with the completion of a bachelor in psychology degree program followed by the completion of a PsyD program. While a bachelor’s degree in psychology encompasses a variety of courses in psychology, a PsyD program is characterized by a much narrower focus, with almost all courses pertaining to psychology.
Bachelor in Psychology Degree Programs
A bachelor’s degree in psychology provides an excellent foundation for students who enter undergraduate school knowing that their ultimate goal is to complete a graduate program in psychology. It is also a popular degree among students who wish to receive a well-rounded education, or who plan to pursue graduate study in fields other than psychology.
Initial coursework for a bachelor’s degree program in psychology typically includes the completion of an introductory class in psychology in addition to classes that explore the history of psychology and developmental psychology. After students have passed the introductory classes, they can choose from a variety of psychology classes that offer a more specific focus, including those that cover social psychology, cognitive psychology, statistics, and physiology.
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Programs
Doctor of psychology PsyD programs involve a more in-depth study of psychology than bachelor level programs. A PsyD program involves an advanced level of the study of psychology, as well as the completion of supervised clinical practice in the field. Most PsyD programs require four to seven years to complete.
PsyD programs include courses that cover psychological theories and treatment approaches. Also included are courses that emphasize research methodology, psychological testing, and multi-cultural approaches. Successful completion of a PsyD program also often requires the completion of at least one year of supervised clinical practice in the field. This is typically completed at an approved site, such as a hospital or community mental health center. Some PsyD programs also require students to complete a doctoral dissertation or formal research study.
Bachelor Degrees and Doctorate Degrees
In sum, bachelor in psychology degree programs provide students with a well-rounded education and offer an excellent foundation for participation in a PsyD program. A PsyD program provides a longer, more intensive course of study of psychology that can include supervised clinical practice.
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