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National University Volume 85-2 (Formerly NCU) - November 2022 
National University Volume 85-2 (Formerly NCU) - November 2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, BA to Child and Adolescent Development Psychology, MS Fastforward Track

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Bachelor of Psychology

Description of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program is an undergraduate degree-completion program designed for students interested in obtaining a degree in psychology. The program offers a foundation in psychology that allows for the application of psychology to bachelor’s level careers in industry, helping professions, government, and nonprofit agencies. The program also provides knowledge and skills that are a basis for further education in psychology and related fields.

Please be advised that the BA to Educational Psychology, MS Fastforward Track program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at

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Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program are as follows:

  • Analyze theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts
  • Apply research methods and data analysis techniques to draw conclusions about psychological phenomena
  • Apply psychological principles and research to personal, social and organizational issues
  • Articulate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters
  • Apply principles and theories of psychology to diverse groups
  • Employ clear and effective communication for fellow professionals in the field of psychology and the public

Basis for Admissions

As of 3/1/2023 the Basis for Admissions Policy has been updated. Student enrolling prior to March 1st, can contact the Registrar for the previous policy. 

Admission to a Bachelor’s degree program requires one of the following documents: 

Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited high school, high school level proficiency test, or have documented home school completion. N/A
Unofficial Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution posted transcript that can be degree-verified through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). Except where prohibited by accreditation. If an unofficial is unable to be verified through NSC, an official Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution is required. Students that hold an non AA or AS degree will need to be evaluated in order to be approved. 
A signed attestation of associate degree conferral and an unofficial transcript that can be degree-verified through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC)* N/A

* Note: Students who provide an attestation of conferral for a degree conferral date that has not yet occurred are not permitted to attend courses until official documentation is received. Degree conferral dates must be within six months from the date of application to NU.

Note: All undergraduate degree-seeking students must meet the General Education Requirements of 48 semester credits.

Note: To be considered for transfer credit, the courses must be completed at the associate and bachelor degree levels; remedial and developmental courses cannot be accepted as transfer credit. Courses must also be completed at a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. For more information on transfer credit, please visit the 


Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Psychology degree requires 120 semester credit hours.

  • A Grade Point Average of 2.0 (letter grade of “C”), or higher is required to remain in academic good standing and to be eligible for graduation
  • Official transcripts are required to be on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript
  • Official documents must be on file demonstrating all requirements of basis for admissions have been met

The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor’s degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of “C-” or better.

Credit Hour Requirements

The Bachelors of Psychology requires 120 semester credit hours for graduation which must be aligned with the following credit hour categories;

48 – Credit Hours from the General Education courses

12 – Credit Hours of General Education Extended Electives  

33 – Credit Hours of Core Courses

12 – Credit Hours of Fastforward, Specialization courses, or Electives courses

12 – Credit Hours of upper Bachelor’s Electives courses

3 – Credit Hours for Psychology Capstone Course

Total - 120 credit hours

Note: Students are required to satisfy the General Education course requirements and the upper Bachelor’s Elective  requirements before they may begin on the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Core courses.

Time to Completion

The University allows 180 attempted credit hours to complete all 120 credit bachelor programs.

Estimated time to completion for this program is 47 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program may be able to finish in as little as 31 months if transferring in 60 credits and finish in as little as 49 months if transferring in 24 credits.

Course Sequence

General Education Requirement - 48 Credit Hours

The General Education sequence is comprised of 48 semester credit hours (16 courses) aligned with five general education areas of study. Students may fulfill the required 48 credit hours by either; transferring course credits from other accredited institutions, submitting evidence of ACE approved comparable coursework or by completing General Education courses.

The General Education requirements and available courses are listed on the following page: 


Note: If a student does not have Introduction to Psychology course in transfer from an accredited institution, then the student must complete PSY-2001- Introduction to Psychology prior to beginning the Psychology Core. PSY-2001 will count towards the General Education Extended Electives section. 

General Education Extended Electives Requirement - 12 Credit Hours

Students may select General Education courses to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals.

Undergraduate Elective Requirement - 12 Credit Hours

Students may select any undergraduate course to fulfill this requirement, other than those stipulated in a specialization program of study. Your Academic and Finance Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals.

Open Electives selected on the student’s initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic and Finance Advisor.

FastForward Track

The BAPSY program provides an opportunity to substitute specific courses in the required course sequence with master’s level courses. Opting to complete the master’s level course substitutions provides a Fast Forward Track to a Master of Arts in Psychology program or a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program if students decide to pursue a graduate degree.

Enrollment in the BAPSY program and completion of the FastForward Track course substitutions does not guarantee admission into a graduate program. Students must meet all required Basis for Admissions (BFA) requirements as outlined in the university catalog for specific master’s programs.

Master’s level coursework completed in the BAPSY program must be completed with a grade of “B” or better to meet eligibility requirements to be applied to the applicable Master’s degree program, and be within 5 years from the time they complete the course to transfer it into the master’s degree.

Psychology Capstone Course - 3 Credit Hours

PSY-4950 is the last course students take within the BAPSY.

BAPSY to Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Development Psychology (MSPSYCAD) FastForward Track

Applicants who qualify for admission into the BAPSY program may elect to complete the BAPSY to MSPSYCAD FastForward Track course substitutions. In total, students complete 12 credits of the MSPSYCAD core sequence to satisfy specified courses from the required category in the BAPSY.

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