Psychology Trade Schools with Program Information

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior of humans and animals. Psychology trade schools and community colleges offer psychology courses, certificates and degree programs. These schools provide students with the option of earning a terminal degree or preparing for transfer into a 4-year school to earn a higher degree.

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Students interested in an introduction to the study of the human mind and human behavior might want to consider a program in general psychology. Associate's degree or certificate programs can be found at community colleges and trade schools.

10 Schools with General Psychology Programs

The following schools have degree programs in general psychology, primarily at the associate level.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Level Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Associate's $2,805 (In-state)
$9,450 (Out-of-state)
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $2,550 (In-district)
$9,210 (In-state)
$11,340 (Out-of-state)
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,104 (In-state)
$7,440 (Out-of-state)
Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,142 (In-state)
$6,902 (Out-of-state)
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Associate's $3,569 (In-state)
$11,337 (Out-of-state)
El Camino Community College District Torrance, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,142 (In-state)
$5,678 (Out-of-state)
Palomar College San Marcos, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,338 (In-state)
$7,078 (Out-of-state)
Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $4,920 (In-district), $9,360 (In-state)
$13,600 (Out-of-state)
Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,104 (In-state)
$7,440 (Out-of-state)
El Paso Community College El Paso, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $2,386 (In-state)
$4,042 (Out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following suggestions when choosing a school for psychology:

  • It is important to be mindful of transfer requirements between schools, since many psychology careers will require a bachelor's degree or higher, so study at a 2-year school will only be a first step. Depending on the school, credits from both certificates and associate's degree programs may be applicable to higher degree programs in the future.
  • Psychology is a broad field, so students should compare class offerings at different institutions to determine if their interests are represented.
  • Prospective students with scheduling constraints may want to find out if programs are available in online or part-time formats.
  • Prospective students may want to find out if the school has a psychology club, which can facilitate volunteer opportunities and provide valuable career advice.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Undergraduate certificate programs in psychology typically include a short series of basic psychology courses. After completing an introductory psychology courses, students typically take several more courses in fundamental topics within the field, such as personality theories and abnormal psychology. At some schools, students may be able to choose some of their courses based on their interests in the field. In total, undergraduate certificate programs take one year or less to complete.

Associate's Degree Programs

At community colleges and trade schools, students can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) in psychology. In addition to basic psychology courses, students also fulfill general education requirements. Some of these programs are designed specifically for students who intend to enroll in bachelor's degree programs in the future. In most cases, associate's degree programs take two years of full-time study to complete, but some schools offer one-year accelerated programs, while others allow students to work at their own pace, so the total time to completion can vary.

Associate's degree and certificate programs in general psychology are found at community colleges, trade schools, and some 4-year colleges and universities. Prospective students should consider credit transfer availability and alternative scheduling options when choosing between programs.

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