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Fuel your passion for helping others while also setting the stage for graduate-level work with the online bachelor’s in psychology pre-counseling from Capella University. In this program you’ll gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to help you pursue your professional goals. With three graduate-level courses built into the program, you can make progress toward your master’s degree in counseling from Capella during your undergraduate studies. You’ll also be able to choose a focus and start building skills in the areas that most interest you. This program incorporates three master’s-level courses, allowing you to earn credits that can be applied to select Capella master’s programs in the future.
Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $15K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.
Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
This course introduces learners to a variety of mental health disciplines and settings, and presents an overview of the diverse populations with which the disciplines work. Learners build a working knowledge of the communication and psychotherapy skills used in current professional mental health practices, such as addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, individual counseling, and college counseling. Learners also apply knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and research findings to problems in living. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.
|3 quarter credits|
Introduction to Psychology of Personality
In this introductory course, learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of theories of personality psychology. Learners apply these theories to human traits, behaviors, and emotional issues within the field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.
|3 quarter credits|
The focus of this course is abnormal behavior, which learners investigate using the framework of mental pathology. Learners evaluate scientific, empirically based analyses of mental disorders and deviant behavior. Learners also examine the range of psychological disorders and assess the disorders’ biological, psychological, and social consequences. In addition, learners demonstrate their knowledge of abnormal psychology treatment methods. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.
|6 quarter credits|
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors
Learners in this course examine theories of lifespan development and behavior from a counseling perspective. Learners describe effective approaches in counseling, evaluate its historical and philosophical relevance to current practice, and apply theories and practices to advocate for diverse clientele. For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS in School Counseling degree program and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services, and Systemic Couple and Family Therapy graduate certificate learners only. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in School Counseling degree programs and the Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, and Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services graduate certificate programs. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
In this course, learners engage with theory, research, and models that inform ethical and culturally competent counseling and social justice advocacy in a variety of settings. Learners analyze counseling theories and evidence-based practices that emphasize the relevance of multicultural counseling and advocacy roles of counselors. Throughout the course, learners investigate cultural assumptions, values, counselor credibility, prejudice, and racism within the counseling context. Learners identify their own overt and covert beliefs, and messages around cultural characteristics to determine how these experiences might influence the counseling process. In addition, learners gain an understanding of the role of the counselor and advocate in promoting social justice at multiple levels. For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS in School Counseling degree program and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services, and Systemic Couple and Family Therapy graduate certificate learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology Pre-Counseling degree program provides students with instruction across the broad science of psychology, including a comprehensive introduction to counseling theories, professions and practices. The curriculum emphasizes the knowledge, skills and values identified by the American Psychological Association (APA) as fundamental in the undergraduate study of psychology. It is designed to develop your understanding of the complexities of human behavior and thought, as well as the development of the analytical, quantitative and communication skills associated with psychology study. For their graduate-level counseling curriculum, pre-counseling students choose one of three concentrations emphasizing marriage and family counseling/therapy, mental health counseling or school counseling. Successful graduates of this program are prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level, or to pursue their professional aspirations in a variety of public and private employment settings in which psychology knowledge and skills are used to promote human welfare.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees). Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
Connect with an enrollment counselor to further discuss the cost of the program and explore your eligibility for scholarships and discounts.
Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019–2020
Applicants to the BS in Psychology, Pre-Counseling program must provide the following information for admission:
SAT and ACT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you live outside the U.S. or aren’t a U.S. citizen, you may be considered an international student.
To meet the requirements for Capella admission, you must:
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Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Pre-Counseling.
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An overview of the similarities, differences and collaborative opportunities between counseling, clinical psychology and social work.
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