The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program at Albizu University’s (AU) Miami Campus is to provide students with a foundation in a variety of mental health fields and help them develop the necessary skills for entry into an array of graduate degree programs.
Our program integrates cognitive, emotional, and behavioral science theories with current trends in the field of psychology. This allows students to cultivate an appreciation for the value and dignity of all people, regardless of their backgrounds, origins, or life circumstances.
The BS in Psychology offers a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the ABA courses offered at Albizu University toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) examination.
Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination. Applicants who provide verification that they have completed this Verified Course Sequence (VCS) offered at Albizu University will not have to provide coursework documentation when applying for the examination.
About Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), consists of nine (9) elective courses (24 credits) and a minimum of 100 clinical practicum hours. This minor will attract students interested in pursuing a career in the field of SLP Assistant.
Additionally, those completing the 24 elective credits of the minor and other courses included in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology curriculum comply with the required coursework established by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Among the requirements for the Speech and Language Pathology Assistant Certification (SLPA) in Florida, students must comply with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology application process.
The BS in Psychology can be completed in a minimum of one (1) year, depending on the number of credits the student has transferred from other accredited institutions. If the student starts out without any transfer credits, the program can be completed within three (3) years. Students transferring from a two-year accredited institution may transfer up to 60 credits; those transferring from a four-year institution may transfer up to 90 credits.
- The faculty members of this program are extremely experienced and actively work in their respective fields. They are required to complete research-based projects, prepare presentations on academia for target audiences, as well as attend and/or present at academia-related conferences. They are also encouraged to join professional work-related organizations. Most psychology instructors hold doctoral degrees and practice psychology in diverse community settings such as private practice, children’s clinics, correctional facilities, private and public schools, etc.
- This program is offered in the online (synchronous and asynchronous) modality.
- Students in the minor in Speech-Language Pathology complete a supervised clinical experience consisting of a minimum of 80 hours of direct client/patient/student services, 20 hours of indirect client/patient/student services, and 25 hours of guided observations under the supervision of an ASHA‐certified SLP.
- This bachelor’s degree in Psychology takes up to three (3) years to complete.
- Instructional methods include teacher-facilitated lectures, study groups, and elements of scholarly research reading and writing, among others.
- Graduates from AU’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology program go on to seek gainful employment as social workers, case managers, human resource professionals, certified addiction professionals, behavioral technicians at hospitals, child life specialists, Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts, and entry-level positions in corrections and law enforcement.
- Graduates who complete the Minor in Speech-Language Pathology acquire clinical skills and knowledge practice as a Speech-Language Pathology assistant and may seek employment in various settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, and private practice.
- Graduate from the Minor in SLP, comply with the required coursework established by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association required for the Speech and Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A) Certification. Being “certified” means holding ASHA SLP-A certification. These nationally recognized professional credentials represent excellence in the speech‐language pathology assistants’ field.
The minimum requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Psychology are:
- Evidence of having completed a high school degree or a GED.
- A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or community leaders (in accordance with the AU format).
- Compliance with any additional requirements outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Albizu University Catalog.
Once the Admissions Office receives all the required documentation and the interview process is completed, academic program advisors will contact successful candidates to provide program direction and guidance.
Albizu University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education.