Steps to becoming a neuropsychologist in the United States. Required steps include graduating from high school, obtaining a bachelor’s degree, obtaining a doctoral degree like a PhD, PsyD, or EdD, completing a postdoctoral fellowship, and licensure. Optional steps include obtaining an associate’s degree, taking a gap year, and board certification. You are on the step bachelor's degree.

Bachelor's Degree

After graduating from high school, obtaining a bachelor’s degree is the first required step on the journey to becoming a neuropsychologist. 

Most neuropsychologists major in psychology, neuroscience, or biopsychology. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree, students can get involved in on-campus research, clinical internships, and clubs and committees. During undergraduate education, you should build strong relationships with faculty who can write letters of recommendation for graduate school applications.

If you’re currently an undergraduate student or post-bac and interested in applying to doctoral programs in psychology, view this page.

View the infographic below to learn more about what to do during your Bachelor's degree, the first required step:

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What to do during your bachelor’s degree. Some undergraduate majors for neuropsychologists include psychology, neuroscience, and biopsychology. Many PhD/PsyD programs will require undergraduate courses in statistics; clinical, social, and developmental psychology; and research methods/design. Earn good grades in your classes (3.5+ GPA is a common average GPA among accepted PhD students).

Listen to a podcast!

Listen to “Minisode 1: How to Prepare in Undergrad” from the Clinically Psyched podcast to learn about a few things you can do in your undergraduate degree to prepare for applying to Clinical Psychology later on. 

Join Psi Chi!

Check to see if you college/university has a Psi Chi chapter, and then become a member! Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology and offers lots of great benefits to undergraduate students who are enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program.

Read a blog post!

Read this article by the APA Psychology Student Network for psychology majors who want to prepare themselves to apply to graduate programs and careers in psychology.

Additional Resources for Undergraduate Students Interested in Psychology

Check out this book!

In this book, Drs. Jeffrey L. Helms and Daniel T. Rogers share strategies for success as an undergraduate psychology major. 

Check out ENIGMA-U!

ENIGMA-U, based out of the University of Utah Department of Neurology, is a free online school (including lectures, assignments, and quizzes) focused on neuroscience, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and basic science literacy. 

Additional APA resources for undergraduate students

The American Psychological Association (APA) has state psychological associations and maintains a list of undergraduate research opportunities and internships.

To learn about additional steps in becoming a neuropsychologist, click below:

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