May 19, 2024  
2022-23 Academic Catalog 
2022-23 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Psychology - APSY.AA

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The Applied Psychology option will provide students with a broad-based education needed to satisfy the demand for those navigating the field of Behavioral Health. This degree option will provide students with advanced courses in psychology and sociology that align with a traditional liberal arts program while providing support courses that increase the student’s awareness of the human body and mind. Courses in healthcare will teach the students skills necessary for patient care while a two semester practicum will provide students with real-time feedback and training in this growing field.

This curriculum meets the requirements for the MassTransfer A2B Pathway in Psychology.  (For more information about MassTransfer benefits, please visit

Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies will be awarded.

Additional Requirements for Accepted Students

Mandatory Health Records: All required health records, immunizations, and physicals MUST be filed in the STCC Health Services office by the first day of classes.  The Health Office is located in Building 19, Room 177, the phone number is 413 755-4230.  Additional information and required forms can be found on the health services website The college/program reserves the right to rescind the admission status of any student not meeting, as well as not submitting, all post-admission requirements in a timely manner. 

Background Check: College programs involving potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, including fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship, externship, or field placement) with a private or public healthcare provider or daycare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to: Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients, particularly members of vulnerable populations.

Students choosing not to consent to the required background checks will be ineligible to participate in fieldwork involving vulnerable populations. Ineligibility to participate in fieldwork may affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the program.

Based upon the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student’s ability to successfully complete program requirements. Background checks are reviewed by the College’s CORI Board. The CORI Board determines eligibility to participate in academic and/or clinical activities. Students have the right to appeal the determination of the CORI Board by filing a written appeal with the Vice President of Student and Multicultural Affairs within 10 business days of receiving the CORI Board’s determination.

Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or for employment upon program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for a particular healthcare or other service profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the current theories that are associated with brain, behavior, and society and how they contribute to mental health.
  2. Make ethical decisions associated with patient management.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism in a healthcare related environment.
  4. Comply with regulations regarding patient records and privacy.
  5. Perform patient and self-safety skills including working knowledge of pharmaceuticals and dosage calculation.
  6. Track data and perform basic statistical operations associated with reporting and research.
  7. Manage a patient case load in the behavioral health field.

(APSY.AA) Curriculum

Total: 17 credits

Total: 15 credits

Total (APSY.AA) Curriculum Program Credits: 62

Program Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Louis Gentile Professor 17/229 413-755-4694
Eric Brown Program Coordinator 17/227 413-755-4701
Ashley Pease Assistant Professor/Social and Behavioral Science Practicum Coordinator 13/342 413-755-4280


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