Psychiatry & Psychology--General/PsyD or Nurse Practitioner?

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Dear Dr. Borkosky,

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?

Thanks,

Erin

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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Bruce Borkosky, Psy.D.

Expertise

any related to psychology, especially related to forensic psychology

Experience

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

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