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Can u get a MD in psychiatry after completing Bsc in psychology ?

Completed my 12th and want to be a psychiatrist through bsc psychology . Is it possible?

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Hwal’s Answer

Usha,

If the question is whether earning a BSc in psychology can be one of the first steps to earning an MD degree and becoming a psychiatrist, the answer is yes. If you're confident that your goal is to become a psychiatrist, I think a BSc in psychology can help you gain great knowledge and experiences that could be relevant and helpful to psychiatric practice.

If you are not already familiar, becoming a PA is another way for you to practice psychiatry. Let me share an article on the American Academy of PAs website about a psychiatric PA, as well as information on how to become a PA in the U.S.:

https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2023/02/mental-health-is-part-of-everyones-health-psychiatry-pa-jessica-tabb-wants-to-change-the-narrative-around-mental-health-care/

https://www.aapa.org/career-central/become-a-pa/

Let me know if you have any specific questions I can help with.

Hwal
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your support, Hwal William
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Rita’s Answer

As above you need to go to medical school. A psychiatrist is a doctor that can write prescription medications. A psychologist did not go to medical school so s/he cannot write a prescription
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Karissa’s Answer

No, you need to go to medical school and graduate then do a residency in psychiatry. You will need Biology, Chemistry and Physics prerequisits to get into medical school. No BA program in Psychology requires Physics so you will have to take extra classes.
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Heidi Ann’s Answer

No. You must first attend medical school, like the internal medicine or surgery docs. Then you acquire a specialty degree. It is a hard core, basic sciences, competitive curriculum as an undergraduate student. Usually undergrads take a biology or other science major. The risk there is, if you don't get into medical school -- and plenty don't -- then you have a BA degree that you can't do much with.
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