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Direct Support Professional II

Direct Support Professional II

Direct Support Professional II

The Direct Support Professional - Level II microcredential is designed for employed Direct Support Professionals who are interested in further developing their competencies for the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) - Level II certification. The microcredential consists of two, 3-credit Psychology courses that provide students with a broad understanding of psychology and human services, along with a portfolio based on completion of 15 NADSP E-Badges. Note: The DSP-II microcredential stacks on top of the DSP-I microcredential, so the DSP-I microcredential is a prerequisite for the DSP-II microcredential.

Admission requirements for application:

Requirements to earn the microcredential:

  • To achieve the DSP-II microcredential, students will complete PSY 240: Health Psychology and PSY 355: Topics in Psychology (Introduction to Case Management).
  • Students must also complete a noncredit DSP-II Portfolio. Guided by the instructor, students focus on professional writing and reflection skills and prepare a portfolio that documents DSP Level II knowledge and skills gained through field-based practice. The portfolio will consist of students' responses to writing prompts that are required for NADSP E-Badges.
  • Students must also complete 15 additional NADSP E-Badges for a total of 30 E-Badges (E-Badges are embedded as assignments in the Health Psychology and Introduction to Case Management courses).

Stackable to:

Applied Psychology B.S.

Time to complete

1 semester

Cost to attend:

Effective Spring 2024: Grant funding is available for the DSP-II microcredential to those who are currently working at a participating Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) affiliated employer looking to meet new academic and career goals. This grant funding will cover the cost of tuition, books, course materials and National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) credentialing for students and educational supports. In addition, the program offers an incentive to eligible students who successfully complete a microcredential and earn NADSP certification. For more information, contact psychology@farmingdale.

For all others: Standard tuition rates apply. For tuition and student consumer information, please click here.

Contact Information

Psychology Department

Knapp Hall, Second Floor

Required Coursework (2 courses, 6 credits)
PSY 240: Health Psychology 3 credits
PSY 355: Topics in Psychology (Intro to Case Management) 3 credits

PSY 240 Health Psychology

Health Psychology is the study of psychological factors that affect health and illness. This course will apply a scientific and research perspective to the study of health promoting and health damaging behaviors. Using a biopsychosocial approach, behavioral patterns that result in cardiovascular disease, cancer, alcoholism, sexually transmitted diseases and other conditions will be explored. Course content will focus on stress and the immune system, stress management techniques, the health care system, risk taking, culture-bound syndromes, diversity issues, social support, and the role of the patient. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 355 Advanced Topics in Psychology

We have, until now, offered special topics courses only at the 200-level, a remnant of the time when Farmingdale was largely an associate’s degree granting institution. Now that we need to ensure that students have sufficient 300-level courses to complete their degrees, we would like to be able to offer more challenging, more in-depth, special topics courses designed for upper-division students, that will count towards meeting their degree requirements. We will retain a 200-level special topics course (PSY 255) in order to offer unique classes at the lower-division level. Prerequisite(s): Any 200- or 300- level psychology course with a grade of C or higher

Last Modified 5/21/24