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Doctor Ph.D. Degree - Psychology
Animal Assisted Therapy via distance learning
This Doctor Ph.D. Degree overviews the ways in which animals can be used to assist therapists. Topics include the following: how animals can assist specific patient populations (children, disabled, AIDS patients, etc.), how animals can aid in specific settings (hospitals, prisons, independent practice, etc.), and how professionals select appropriate animals (species, breed, and individual temperament) and design an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program. Humans have long had a special bond with animals, using them initially for work, then adopting them as pets, and more frequently now considering them as therapeutic companions. Animals help sick people recover more quickly and ameliorate the lives of elders. Nowadays, specially trained animals assist the victims of strokes and the handicapped, among others, to regain lost faculties and/or build new ones.
The Doctor Ph.D. Degree online via distance learning offers students the highest level of specialization a discipline can offer. More info...
* 45 to 72 academic credits above a Master's program.
* Average Duration: 24 months.
* Program Structure: 70% textbooks + 30% Thesis.
* Admission is open for adults over 27 years of age.
* Master's degree or international equivalent (5 years of study) is required for admission.
Fees include all: Program of study, textbooks, study guide, evaluation and assessment, diploma, and transcript.
Cost per BIU earned postgraduate credit: 130 Euros (170 US$)
Cost per transferred credit from previous education and/or professional experience if required: 20 Euros (25 US$)
45 ... 72 Academic credits
Tuition Fee :Min. 5.850 Euros (7.650 US$) ... Max. 9.360 Euros (12.240 US$).
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. " Mahatma Gandhi.
Payment plans are available upon request up to 36 monthly installments. More info...
Doctor Ph.D. Degree
Animal Assisted Therapy via distance learning
45 ... 72 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
+ 24 Academic credits - Animal Assisted Therapy Online
+ Other additional subjects
+ 18 Academic credits - Research methodology and final project or thesis.
+ 24 Academic credits: Animal Assisted Therapy Online
BIU Earned Credits
Credits earned through the completion of academic work at Bircham International University (Reports, Projects and Thesis).
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credits (30 hours of study).
Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
You may study any subject as an independent online continuing education course. More info...
Postgraduate level continuing education course.
Previous knowledge in this field of study is required.
601AAT - Animal Behavior
602AAT - Domestic Animals
603AAT - Animal Human Bond
604AAT - Human Animal Support Services
605AAT - Emotional Intelligence
606AAT - Animal Ethology
607AAT - Human Animal Studies
608AAT - Animal Assisted Therapy
Bibliography: Animal Assisted Therapy via distance learning
The corresponding textbooks are included in the fees. Once the fee has been paid, the books may take between two to five weeks to reach your address. Bircham International University offices may inform you at any time of the status of your books. If the book is in English, the required report must be written in English unless you have requested to write it in other language and have gained Bircham International University authorization. More info...
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+ Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Psychology from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board. For example: Human Animal Studies.
Research work resources and network - Doctor - Animal Assisted Therapy:
AFTAA - Association Française de Thérapie Assistée par l'Animal
ATEAC - Atividades, Terapias e Educação Assistida por Animais
AZP - Association de Zoothérapie de Paris
ESAAT - European Society for Animal Assisted Therapy
HABRI - Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative
HETI - Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International
IAAAT - International Association Animal Assisted Therapy
INATAA - Instituto Nacional de Ações e Terapias Assistidas por Animais
INTAP - Intervenciones Asistidas por Perros
ISAP - International Society for Animal Professionals
PT - Patas Therapeutas
REATAA - Rede Nacional de Atividade, Terapia e Educação Assistida por Animais
TAA - Thérapie Assistée par l'Animal
TEAAN - Terapia y Educación Asistida por Animales y Naturaleza
TEAMA - Asociación Española de Terapia asistida con Animales y Naturaleza para Autistas
Joining the proper association is the best way to become an updated professional. Bircham International University graduates may join many professional associations. Membership requirements for each association may vary depending on the degree program, specialization and graduate resume en each occasion. BIU can not guarantee membership in all instances. BIU does not intermediate in these procedures. Bircham International University provides a list of available memberships and professional references from each faculty where some BIU graduates may belong. Contact directly the ones you select. More info...
+ 18 Academic credits (Research methodology and final project or thesis. More info...).
Admission requirements: Doctor - Animal Assisted Therapy
Bircham International University distance learning degree admission requirements differ depending upon the Faculty and the major of study. There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, sex, beliefs and/or religion. A minimum of 30% of the total number of credits required by any adult degree program syllabus has to be transferred from previous education and/or validated from professional experience in order to gain admission. A maximum of 20% of the total number of credits required by the distance learning degree program can be transferred from professional and life experience. More info...
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Learning outcomes: Doctor - Animal Assisted Therapy
The following learning outcomes are compatible with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for lifelong learning and continuing education. The EQF directives facilitate acceptance of this course credits by many higher education institution. These learning outcomes are achieved after completion of this course with a passing grade. Better grades will demonstrate higher analysis, evaluation and critical thinking skills. More info...
EQF LEVEL 6. Advanced knowledge and critical understanding.
Outcome resulting from course content assessment and its applicability to problem solving.
The student's ability to combine the different parts of the text and to form a new coherent and harmonic final report will determine the critical understanding of the subject and an advanced knowledge of Animal Assisted Therapy. The student written report style, content, and structure play an important role in the assessment and applicability of the knowledge about Animal Assisted Therapy to different Psychology decision making scenarios and problem-solving. More info...
EQF LEVEL 7. Advanced knowledge and critical thinking.
Outcome resulting from written critical thinking and its applicability to problem solving.
The student will contrast and evaluate the learned material with his/her own knowledge and experience to express an opinion about Animal Assisted Therapy, to consider the practical application of the key concepts, and to argue the conclusions along the written report. Personal judgments and opinion should be based on sound criteria and must be clearly discussed. More info...
Doctor Ph.D. Degree - Psychology
Animal Assisted Therapy Online
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Doctor Ph.D. Degree - Animal Assisted Therapy