Preclinical Psychology Program

*Starting Fall 2017*

Preclinical Psychology Program

The Department of Psychological Science provides advising, a listing of courses, and academic activities for students interested in pursuing a career as counselors or clinical psychologists. The preclinical psychology course sequence provides coursework recommended or required for admission to graduate counseling or clinical psychology programs. Other opportunities are available for students to improve their competitiveness for admission to graduate programs, including opportunities for clinical experience, interviews for admission to graduate programs, and a senior thesis. A letter of recommendation from the Preclinical Psychology Advisory Board will be given to students who have performed exceptionally well in their courses and preclinical activities.

1. To be admitted to the program, students must have a high school GPA or a college GPA of at least 3.0 (according to a 4-point GPA scale), provide a letter describing reasons for pursuing a career in counseling or clinical psychology, and provide an essay concerning either a) a mental health concern and its impact on society or b) a mental health concern that has not received adequate public awareness. Students not admitted to the preclinical psychology program due to GPA or the quality and merit of the letter and essay may re-apply to the program at a later date. Declined admittance to the preclinical psychology program does not preclude admission to a major or minor program in psychology.

2. Students must be a major in the Psychology department.

3. Students must take the courses listed below for the preclinical psychology sequence. Courses taken for the preclinical psychology program may be used to satisfy course requirements or electives for a psychology major.

4. Students will be assigned a preclinical psychology advisor. The preclinical psychology advisor provides students with information about careers in counseling or clinical psychology, application procedures and program requirements for clinical psychology programs, and the General GRE and Psychology GRE subject test. The advisor will also help students select courses required and recommended for admission into clinical psychology programs if not otherwise listed below. In addition, the advisor will provide general advisement on other required or recommended preclinical psychology activities.

5. Students will complete a capstone thesis in the form of a comprehensive review of a topic related to mental health and/or the practice of clinical psychology. Alternatively, students may complete a scientific study on any topic in psychology and produce a thesis describing the study. The thesis topic must be approved by the preclinical psychology advisor and will be taken as PY498 Directed Research for 2 credits.

6. NMU has a preclinical psychology advisory board comprised of NMU Psychology Department Faculty and practicing clinical psychologists. The board works in conjunction with the advisor to select a limited number of students eligible for placement in internship positions, interviews with graduate clinical or counseling programs, or receiving a recommendation letter from the preclinical psychology advisory board. Selection criteria will be determined by the advisory board, but will include preclinical psychology GPA, major GPA, and overall GPA; quality of the capstone thesis; letter describing reasons for pursuing a career in clinical or counseling psychology and general career goals.

Preclinical Psychology Courses 42

PY100 Introduction to Psychology 4

PY204 Physiological Psychology or 4

PY303 Human Neuropsychology

PY205 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology 4

PY305 Psychological Statistics 4

PY309 Psychopharmacology 4

PY335 Social Psychology 4

PY344 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 4

PY351 Psychology of Personality 4

PY355 Abnormal Psychology 4

PY360 Ethics in Psychology 4

PY498 Directed Research 2

Recommended Courses Options

Note: Some counseling and clinical programs may require some of the courses listed below

PY241 Child Psychology 4

PY211 Learning 4

PY235 Psychology of Gender 4

PY255 Sexual Behavior: Psychological Perspectives 4

PY311 Thinking and Cognition 4

PY441 Individual Differences in Development 4