What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College



Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Number of Majors: 129
Average Class Size: 25
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center

About the Program

Psychology is a fascinating field, and if the study of human behavior appeals to you, Iowa Western’s Psychology program can get you on your way to a career in this field. Graduates use their Associate of Arts degree as a springboard to a bachelor’s or graduate degree at a four-year institution.

Iowa Western teaches many of the psychology courses that are found in four-year schools, which is uncommon for a community college. This will give you a leg up on other students when you pursue an advanced degree. You’ll be armed with concepts and vocabulary that others might not possess.

The program chair for this program is a practicing clinical psychologist who can share real-life experiences with Iowa Western students. Because the program is linked with other campus departments, students can also explore other career interests.

Career Information

The Psychology program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. Career opportunities in the psychology field are primarily dependent upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. A few specific job opportunities upon completion of earning a bachelor’s degree include assisting psychologists and other professionals in community health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correction programs. A doctoral degree is required to be a licensed clinical or counseling psychologist.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.


* Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa

* A.A. and A.S. Degree Programs provide students a general education core in Communications, Social Sciences, Science & Mathematics, Humanities, and Diversity. The foundation of required and elective courses prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university bachelor's degree Program.