Online Neuropsychology Degrees and Programs
Neuropsychology combines the study of how the brain works and the physical structures that help generate and deliver thoughts and messages through the brain. This area of psychology sounds like it’s a medical degree, and graduates usually find work in hospitals and labs, but the work is verbal instead of working with the body. To learn how you can become a cognitive neuropsychologist through a degree program, continue reading below.
Neuropsychology is a specialty field of psychology that requires a Ph.D. or Psy.D. and supervised experience before being able to work independently. It requires an average of 10 years of education in order to become a neuropsychologist and start contributing to research.
Alternatively, students can also earn their undergraduate degree in pre-med or biology and take psychology courses as part of their electives. A student needs to make sure that the online program they attend has accreditation regardless of the educational pathway they choose. Accreditation ensures that the education that’s provided meets industry standards and that graduates receive an education that’s accepted by governments and the public at large.
The American Psychology Association (APA) accredits all psychology programs at the graduate and doctoral levels, but not at the undergraduate level. Before applying to an undergraduate program in psychology or a related field, make sure that it’s certified by a licensing body that’s recognized by the Department of Education. Accreditation for undergraduate psychology programs is handled by the Higher Learning Commission or regional accreditation.
Students who are seeking to become a neuropsychologist are required to complete an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, psychology, or a related field. Earning a bachelor’s in general psychology guarantees that a student can gain entry into a master’s degree program for neuropsychology, as there are no degree programs that feature this concentration. However, a student may wish to take a degree program that introduces them to the field of neuropsychology through elective courses.
In general, students aren’t required to earn their master’s degree in neuropsychology or a related field. Instead, a student can apply for their doctorate degree (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) after graduating with their bachelor’s degree.
In order to work as a neuropsychologist, a student has to earn their Psy.D. or Ph.D. from an accredited program. A Ph.D. program focuses more on the psychological aspect of the neuropsychology field, whereas a Psy.D. qualifies a graduate to work in different clinical settings and in one-on-one settings with clients.
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The neuropsychology concentration begins at the doctorate level. The curriculum for undergraduate and master’s degree programs depends on the degree concentration. Some of the courses included in an online neuropsychology degree program may include:
- Neuropsychological Assessment
- Functional Neuroanatomy in Neuropsychology
- Basic Neurosciences Survey
- Child Clinical Neuropsychology
- Brain Asymmetry: Functional and Structural Differences Between Hemispheres
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Perception
Bachelor's: 120 to 130 credits
Master's: 60 credits
Doctorate: 64 credits
The clinical requirements for an online neuropsychology degree differ from school to school. However, students can expect a minimum requirement of 1,600 hours of clinical study as this is the number of hours required to sit for the Examination for the Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Clinical hours are spent in on-campus clinics, affiliated hospitals, and laboratories.
Graduates are also required to complete one to two years of post-doctorate work in a residency, complete a dissertation based on their research, and complete a supervised internship before they can become licensed to practice as a neuropsychologist.
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