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Undergraduate Practicum in Psychology


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PSY 495/496: Practicum In Psychology is currently an undergraduate elective course in the Psychology Department at NSU. Intended for Psychology students in their senior year of studies, the course provides the student with direct field experience in an applied and supervised setting. Ideally, students should contact mental health-related sites to schedule interviews; however applied settings in education, vocational, occupational, medical, research, or other related environments may be appropriate as well. Students should be seniors in good academic standing and have completed all of their PSY major courses with a C or better (PSY210/211 Intro & Basic Principles; PSY270 Stats; and PSY360 Experimental). NOTE: It is NOT expected that students will have completed PSY492 Psych Seminar, although they may take it concurrently with Practicum.

Exceptions for prerequisites will be made by the Undergraduate Psychology Practicum Coordinator (UPPC) on a case-by-case basis. Prior approval to register for the course is required if you are an exception! Students are allowed to earn credit for up to 2 semesters of PSY 495 (PSY495-496) for a total of 6 credits towards their PSY elective requirement (or other graduation requirement as may be applicable).

Students are required to obtain a practicum on their own, although resources are available through the UPPC. Requirements for course completion will be outlined in the course syllabus; however general requirements include successful practicum completion based on obtaining requisite training hours (about 8 hours per week for 16 weeks, totaling 128) AND successful completion of the weekly course requirements. Students completing fewer than 128 hours will have that portion of their course grade pro-rated accordingly.

Below are several resources for students currently on practicum and/or seeking practicum in upcoming semesters. Please note that you are highly encouraged to contact practicum sites directly and EARLY, as many sites have limited openings and limited scheduling availability.  Contact the UPPC 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)


  • 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. 

Only under extraordinary circumstances will an "I" be granted for students not securing a practicum training site. The UPPC 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. The UPPC will often be able to refer you somewhere, and you are required to make every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of a potential training site. 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

Please note that many sites require the completion of a background check which can sometimes take 2-3 months (especially for placements in correctional facilities or when working with children). Plan your practicum search early to avoid delays in obtaining your hours. Interviewing before the semester begins is a good strategy! Below is a link to the specific criteria for an "I" currently set by the UPPC for course PSY495.