The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in clinical psychology trains practitioner-scholar psychologists to offer assessment, therapeutic interventions and follow-up which are firmly rooted in methods of scientific inquiry. The specialty of the program is training psychologists to work in primary care settings, collaborating with the primary care physician to treat the whole person. In addition, graduates of the program will be prepared to assume all responsibilities in a broad range of clinical settings. More information about the Psy.D. program
An applicant must have completed a master's degree in psychology, social work, psychiatric/mental health nursing, counseling, school psychology, family therapy or pastoral counseling from an accredited institution, with a 3.3 GPA or better.
Applicants with master's degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
An applicant's undergraduate transcripts are used to evaluate the exposure the candidate has had to formal course work in psychology. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
In order to ensure that the program courses be taught at the highest possible level, applicants must have completed the following courses prior to admissions:
The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on a number of factors. These include: past academic performance, letters of recommendation and the corresponding PCOM recommendation forms, the content and writing style of autobiographical essays, prior work history and volunteer experiences, research activities and publications, presentations at workshops or conferences in psychology or a related field, membership in professional organizations, and personal and professional presentation in the interview. Intellectual ability, academic potential, emotional stability, maturity, integrity, motivation and high ethical standards are necessary for successful program completion and acceptance into the professional community.
The Psy.D. admissions process begins with submission of the following:
- Application fee of $50.00
- An application including an autobiographical statement
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Three letters of reference with recommendation forms
- Graded writing sample or professional report or evaluation
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The PsyD in Clinical Psychology utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received in Philadelphia. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is achieved, therefore it is recommended for candidates to submit applications early. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).
The Admissions Committee screens the applications, invites some applicants for an interview and to submit a writing sample, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students. Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admission Committee's decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.
As an applicant to PCOM's Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.
In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through PreCheck. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.
Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete the college's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation.
Respecialization candidates who have already completed a doctoral degree in psychology may apply for admission using the same criteria and links as listed above. The timeline to complete the degree program will be determined upon a full application review.
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