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Undergraduate Practicum in Psychology

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PSY 495/496: Practicum In Psychology is a required course for all undergraduate Psychology majors. Intended for students in their senior year, the course provides direct experience in an applied-supervised setting. Training sites often include mental health-related agencies, classroom settings, career counseling environments, working with disability or medical administrative department, or with faculty on research or educational/ therapeutic programming. Prerequisites include a C or better in PSY210, 211, 270, and 360, AND majoring in Psychology.  Exceptions for prerequisites may be approved by the Undergraduate Psychology Practicum Coordinator (PC) on a case-by-case basis. Prior approval is required if you are an exception! Students can take two semesters of practicum (PSY495 and 496), but only PSY495 is required for the Psychology major. 

Students are required to obtain a practicum on their own, although resources are available through the PC. Requirements for course completion include 128 practicum hours completed at a site, AND weekly course assignments (this is an online course). Students are highly encouraged to contact sites directly and EARLY, as many sites have limited openings.  Contact the PC with any additional questions or for specific guidance throughout this process.

General Information

PSY495 Course Documents

Practicum for the Psychology Undergrad: PSY495 Textbook
Textbook microsite (direct order from publisher) or purchase through NSU bookstore

  • Practicum Contract ( PDF | WORD )
  • Practicum Time-Sheet ( PDF |  EXCEL | WORD )
  • Practicum Evaluation of the Student--for site supervisors  ( PDF | WORD )
  • Student Evaluation of the Training Site--for students  ( PDF | WORD )
  • Practicum Dispute Resolution Guidance ( PDF )
  • Final exam Guidance ( PDF )
  • Exam Guidance-table template ( WORD )

Criteria for an "I" (Incomplete) Grade

You will NOT be granted an "I" (Incomplete) if you cannot obtain a practicum site. The PC and the NSU Psychology Department will offer all guidance and resources possible, but it is ultimately the student's responsibility to follow-through. You may not be able to obtain a placement at your preferred site, but that does not mean that there are no sites available! If you are having trouble finding a site and believe you might request an Incomplete, then you should keep track of every one of your contacts in your search for a practicum. Some sites require the completion of a background check which can sometimes take 2-3 months. Plan your practicum search early to avoid delays. Interviewing before the semester begins is a good strategy!