Upon satisfactory evaluation by the faculty (SPEC*), the doctorate is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the following requirements of the program:
- 114 graduate credits of course work as designated.
- Three years of full time residency
- The Comprehensive Examination, Parts 1, 2 and 3 (See Student Handbook for details)
- Successful completion of the Practicum Progression
- Successful completion of the Clinical Internship
- The Clinical Dissertation
*SPEC is an acronym for Student Progress Evaluation Conference. This conference includes all full time and part time faculty involved in the doctoral program.
Progression Through the Program
In its entirety, the program is 114 graduate credits –75 credits of required courses shared by all students, 12 credits specific to the chosen area of concentration, 12 practicum credits (minimum), 6 dissertation credits (minimum) and 9 clinical internship credits. Students choose a concentrated area of study as they progress through the program. From a solid foundation in the basic competencies in clinical psychology, the program offers three concentrations, General Practice, Child Clinical Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology. In each concentration area, the student is first provided with the essential foundation material upon which clinical practice is based, and then moves to sequential instruction and training in a range of assessment and intervention modes specific to the particular concentration. Students choosing to follow one of these concentrated areas of study will complete their Doctoral Practicum II in a site appropriate for their concentration and will complete their Clinical Dissertation in their chosen concentration. The program requires the completion of a practicum progression and full year clinical internship (see Psy.D. Student Handbook for details).
To qualify for doctoral candidacy, the student must earn a passing score on Part I of the Comprehensive Examination, the Foundations Examination, given at the completion of the first level (year) of study (see student handbook for details). Once in candidacy, the student is eligible to undertake the Clinical Dissertation. The Clinical Dissertation – is a training experience designed to provide the student with a guided opportunity for integrating and interpreting findings from existing research toward addressing a clinically relevant psychological issue. Once the student is in candidacy and has completed the Statistics (PSY 770) and Methods (PSY 771) courses, he/she may select a committee and undertake the project (see Psy.D. Student Handbook for details).