Applied Psychology

Humanities & Social Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate is Applied Science

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Program Narrative

To meet the need for graduates who are able to function independently in a mental health and human service environment, the Applied Psychology program offers a liberal arts education, focused on counseling and human services. The program will serve students who either wish to transfer to a four-year institution, or students who wish to work in local organizations with a behavioral health or human services focus with this A.A.S. degree.

Graduates of the program will be exposed to a wide diversity of knowledge, be asked to do practical thinking and problem-solving, cultivate knowledge of skills, values and ethics in the counseling profession, and develop a professional identity as a counselor.

Program Features

Foundational courses in communication, statistics, science, social science, and humanities will be complemented with courses in applied psychology. Contextual courses will help students begin to build competency in psychology and human services, while their elective and program choices will allow them to specialize in developing knowledge of life issues and behavior in a selected developmental range (child/adolescent or adult).

Program Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between normal and abnormal developmental processes and behaviors, and correctly identify these processes and behaviors when observing clients.
  2. Demonstrate basic counseling skills (active listening, processing, responding, and expressing empathy) effectively with a client with a neurodevelopmental disorder.
  3. Discuss and apply ACA ethical standards and values in a counseling/support staff relationship.
  4. Recognize the characteristics of a racially and/or culturally diverse individual (demographic characteristics including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic status) and identify the potential impact of diversity on client functioning.
  5. Conduct interviews to gather information in conjunction with reviewing prior assessment material, to explain the client's current functioning from a developmental perspective and identify the client's strengths, needs, and challenges.
  6. Discuss the basic principles of the family systems approach, and evaluate these principles in the context of a client's family situation.
  7. Write effective, high-quality progress notes, treatment summaries, and other clinical reports to document treatment.

Transfer Possibilities

Penn State University – Human Development and Family Studies, or Applied Psychology
Lehigh University – Psychology Program
Kutztown University – Psychology Program
East Stroudsburg University – Applied Psychology Program
Cedar Crest College – Applied Psychology Program
Marywood University – Psychology, Clinical Track
University of Scranton – Counseling and Human Services Program

Applied Psychology

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH 150 Introductory Statistics 3
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Second Semester
BIOS 105 Contemporary Biology 4
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing) 3
PSYC 235 Developmental Psychopathology 3
PSYC 258 Developmental Psychology 3
  Third Semester
PSAP 250 Developmental Differences 3
PSAP 260 Counseling Individuals with Developmental Differences 3
SOCA 103 Principles of Sociology 3
______ Elective 3
______ Elective 3
  Fourth Semester
CMTH 215 Intercultural Communication 3
PSAP 280 Applied Psychology Experiential Learning 3
SOCA 125 Sociology of Families 3
______ Elective 3
______ Elective 3
  Total Credits 61
  • SPED160 and SPED175 are suggested electives for students planning to work in the school setting
  • An Elective must be completed in a Writing Intensive (WI) section