I was recently accepted into both a PsyD program and an accelerated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program in the US. I am trying to gather as much information as I can about both career paths in order to make the most well-informed decision. I know what the basic differences (nurses can prescribe, PsyDs have more training in psychotherapy) but in terms of the financial and time investments, and the current job market, do you think one path makes more logistical sense than the other?
Answer Hi, Erin, I recommend to people, when they ask, to go for the NP license. You can do almost as much as a psychologist can, PLUS work in many more settings and prescribe medication (at least in FL). You just cannot call yourself a psychologist, or do "psychological" evaluations. If you want to, you can always get the PhD later.
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Thanks so much! That's really helpful to know that someone with a PsyD would recommend going the NP route, at least initially.
any related to psychology, especially related to forensic psychology
15 years as a licensed psychologist, 15 years in private practice. My practice began primarily doing individual and group psychotherapy, is now devoted to assessments, but I occasionally do take on clients in therapy.
Organizations American Psychological Association
Education/Credentials B.A. psychology, B.A., music, Ohio Wesleyan U., 1978
MCS, computer science, University of Dayton, 1984
MA, psychology, Miami Inst. of Psychology, 1991
Psy.D., psychology, Miami Inst. of Psychology, 1993
post doctoral training in Neuropsychology, Fielding Institute, 1995-1997