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Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology
Program Delivery: On Campus and Online
This program is available on-campus and online. 

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 42.2813O*NET OnlineBureau of Labor Statistics

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology program provides students with the dynamic skill set and knowledge base needed by professionals in human services and other related professions. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in liberal arts to complement the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline. 

Emphasis is placed on the student’s development of the professional attitude and behavior needed for working with others in human services, management and other occupational roles. Certification in the drug and alcohol field is an option available for students in this program. 

Is a Career in Applied Psychology Right for Me?

How does the human mind work? What makes people tick? If you knew the answers to those questions, you would be destined for greatness. We may not have all of the answers, but at Hodges University, we will help you start to understand people and put that knowledge to good use in your chosen career field.

Many employers are looking for people who understand the science of people and personalities. How proud will you feel when you walk away from an interview with a high-paying management position, simply because you have a background in psychology?

Hodges University’s Applied Psychology degree can help you get ahead in the business world, but it can also lead to careers in mental health, social services or even education.

What is the Applied Psychology Career Outlook?

Job prospects are expected to be good for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, particularly for those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.


What Can I Do with This Degree?

Hodges University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the human psyche to facilitate interpersonal interaction in the workplace. Students are exposed to personality traits, social issues and intercultural dynamics.

Organizations involved in human relations, social awareness and advocacy, and general business are generally looking for employees with “soft” business skills developed in this program in addition to business specific skills. The chart below highlights areas where students completing this degree may find job opportunities. 

  • Family Support Worker
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Intake Specialist/Assistant
  • Youth Mentor
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Case Manager
  • Psychometrician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Inmate Groups and Education Facilitator
  • High School Teacher
  • Residential Direct Care Staff
  • Discharge Planner

Graduate Studies

A Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology may provide a foundation for graduate studies in areas like:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Social Work
  • Mental Health Counseling

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology program during any semester. A full-time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in approximately three years.

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Program Curriculum Guide and Optimum Sequence of Course Work

Find more detailed information in the University Catalog

How is Hodges University’s Applied Psychology Program Different?

Substance Abuse Certification Option

Certification in the drug and alcohol field is an option available for students in this program. Students may choose to complete the Substance Abuse Counseling Specialty in lieu of the elective component. These courses meet the education and training requirement of the Florida Certification Board. The Substance Abuse Certification program is not available online.

Faculty Experience

Applied psychology faculty are highly experienced and qualified in the field. This real-world, applied knowledge is an invaluable resource for students studying to begin or advance their careers. Our faculty members recognize students as individuals and provide personal attention.

Flexible Scheduling

You can obtain your degree on campus or completely online. 

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Need More Information?
You may also contact us to speak to an admissions coordinator who will guide you through the application and admissions process. To speak to an admissions coordinator call us at 1-800-466-8017 (Naples) or 1-800-466-0019 (Fort Myers), use our contact form, email  or schedule a one-on-one visit to tour one of our campuses.

Your admissions coordinator will:

  • Help you complete the application in its entirety.
  • Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
  • Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
  • Coordinate the financial aid process with a financial aid professional.
  • Refer you to your academic advisor for class scheduling.
  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

Your Faculty Members

Caroline Hofmann
Adjunct Faculty
Janice Clarkson
Adjunct Faculty
Kelly Bushéy
Vice Chair & Assistant Professor
Leesa Abbott
Adjunct Faculty
Liana Calderin
Adjunct Faculty
Nikel Rogers-Wood
Adjunct Faculty
Rafael Olivares
Adjunct Faculty
Thomas Hofmann
Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Interim Chair, Applied Psychology
William Enslen
Adjunct Faculty
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Kassandra Dafcik
Kassandra Dafcik , Applied Psychology 2018
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