Pre-clinical Psychology Program 

Advising for students interested in the preclinical psychology program is carried out by the Department of Psychological Science. Students interested in pursuing graduate programs in clinical psychology are recommended to select the Mental Health / Pre-clinical Psychology Concentration within the Psychology Major. Other opportunities may be available for students to improve their competitiveness for admission to graduate programs, including opportunities for clinical experience, and practice interviews for graduate programs. Students should expect to attend regular student meetings for the preclinical psychology program; failure to do so may preclude opportunities for internships or research experiences.

To advance in the program, students must provide 1) a letter describing reasons for pursuing a career in counseling or clinical psychology and 2) an essay concerning either a) a mental health concern and its impact on society or b) a mental health concern that has not received adequate public awareness. Materials will be submitted to and reviewed by the Preclinical Psychology Advisory Board.

The preclinical psychology advisor provides students with information about careers in counseling or clinical psychology, application procedures and program requirements for clinical psychology programs, and the General GRE and Psychology GRE subject test. The advisor will also help students select courses required and recommended for admission into clinical psychology programs if not otherwise listed below. In addition, the advisor will provide general advisement on other required or recommended preclinical psychology activities.

The preclinical psychology advisory board is comprised of NMU Department of Psychological Science faculty and local practicing clinical psychologists or counselors. The board works in conjunction with the advisor to select a limited number of students eligible for placement in internship positions, job shadowing opportunities, or receiving a recommendation letter from the Preclinical Psychology Advisory Board. Selection criteria will be determined by the advisory board.

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