The Psychology Profession

The study of psychology offers students a comprehensive look inside human thought and behavior. Psychology is a broad field that examines hundreds of different areas including the central nervous system, perception, learning and memory, personality, motivation, developmental and clinical psychology. Professionals who work in this field have a deep curiosity for human behavior and an acute desire to help people in need of psychological treatment. Students considering a course of study in psychology, or perhaps entering this profession, have the opportunity to contribute to a wide variety of fields including healthcare, social work, corrections and even criminology.


The Psychology Program

The Psychology Program course takes students through the basic concepts, theories, research methods, and contributions to the understanding of human behavior taking students through the various complexities of human development, the motivations for our thoughts, feelings and behavior as well as the role of sexuality, gender, heredity and genetics as applied to human behavior overall. Students will have the opportunity to analyze various psychological disorders, “normal” behaviors and the basis of the psychology behind learning, memory and experience. Students who complete this course will have firm understanding of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Examine the field of psychology in terms of history, key perspectives and issues, current trends, scientific and research methods
  • Explain the anatomical structures and physiological functions related to psychology
  • Examine sensation, perception, heredity, and genetics
  • Analyze consciousness, sleep, sleep disorders, and hypnosis as related to psychology
  • Analyze the underlying principles and basis of the psychology behind learning, memory, and experience
  • Explain cognitive abilities and intelligence from a psychological perspective
  • Examine the different phases and stages in human development
  • Examine the different motivation theories and the psychological basis of emotions
  • Explain sexuality and gender in relation to psychology
  • Examine psychoanalytic approaches and humanistic theories to explain behaviors and traits in personalities
  • Evaluate health psychology and approaches to health management
  • Investigate different mental disorders as related to psychology
  • Analyze psychotherapy, the different methods, and their effectiveness
  • Investigate the importance of thoughts, trends in social behavior, and impact of social influences
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.


National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.


Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.