Single Doctoral-Level Psychology Courses
At CalSouthern, students may enroll in a course at the doctoral level without committing to a degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:
- Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a doctoral degree
- Earn credits that can be applied toward a doctorate at CalSouthern or another institution*
- Gain knowledge and expertise at the highest academic level in a topic of particular interest
Choose any of the doctoral courses from the CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, trauma, sports psychology, domestic violence and neuroscience.
Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A master’s degree is not required to take doctoral-level courses. (However, if you wish to commit to CalSouthern’s Doctor of Psychology program, a master’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!
*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology
This course explores the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and biologic actions of psychopharmacological agents which are currently in use, as well as the indications for prescribing the agents, the side effects which may occur, and the clinical considerations for the psychologist in referring the patient for medication evaluation. The course serves as a foundation for further study for those Learners who plan to practice psychology in the event that psychologists are granted prescription privileges. Multicultural and ethical components are also considered.Learning Outcomes:
- Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentors
- Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
- Formulate the psychopharmacological interventions currently used for the DSM-5 disorders
- Evaluate and discuss the rationale for using psychopharmacological intervention with personality disorders
- Compare and contrast the biological, genetic, neurological, and physiological aspects of mental illness and pharmacology
- Integrate current evidence based research in psychopharmacology
- Consider ethical and multicultural factors in psychopharmacology
- Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively