Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine offers graduate programs in the field
of psychology taught by an internationally renowned, highly credentialed faculty.
All faculty members in PCOM's Psychology Department are teaching faculty who work
closely with students to help them achieve their professional goals. Students often
have the opportunity to coauthor scholarly papers, books and professional presentations
In addition, because it is part of a respected medical college, the Psychology Department
is able to offer unique learning opportunities. PCOM has one of the only psychology
departments in the country that provides a standardized patient program. The standardized
patient program presents authentic clinical learning and skills situations in which
"patients" simulate mental health conditions. Students conduct sessions with the
patients, which are videotaped and reviewed by faculty to help train and assess the
students' skills. Students in the psychology programs also have the opportunity for
clinical experience at one of the College's urban healthcare centers.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
A doctoral program in clinical psychology is offered, leading to the PsyD. This program
is designed for students who have previously earned a master's degree in psychology
or a related field. The PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the
American Psychological Association (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation:
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202-336-5979; http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation).
School Psychology Programs
The school psychology program offers a master of science and an educational specialist
degree as preparation for school psychology and the PsyD as preparation for professional
school psychologists to be capable of research, leaders in the field, and skilled
Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD)
The NASP approved doctorate of psychology (PsyD) degree in school psychology is an
innovative, applied professional psychology program with a specialty track in Cognitive
Behavior Therapy. It builds on the advanced training and experience of the school
psychologist and is designed to enhance their role and prepare leaders in psycho-educational
and mental health services to children, youth, and families.
Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology (EdS)
This program prepares students to become highly skilled certified school psychologists.
It is designed for working professionals who have previously earned a master's degree.
Master of Science in School Psychology (MS)
This 14-month program endows a background in psychological and educational components
that are applicable to the field of school psychology. Taken in sequence with the
Ed.S. in School Psychology, it leads to Pennsylvania School Psychologist Certification.
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MS)
This program prepares students to provide evaluation, counseling and therapy services
in a wide variety of clinical settings with an emphasis on using psychological interventions
in the treatment of medical problems. This program includes 48-credit and 60-credit
options; the 60-credit option offers concentrations in areas including counseling
in healthcare settings, addictions and offender counseling, and cognitive behavioral
Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership (MS)
Designed with the working professional in mind, the master of science degree program
in Organizational Development and Leadership prepares human resource (HR) and other
professionals to use theory, skills and techniques of organization building and leadership
to become leaders in their field.
Post-Doctoral Certificates in Clinical Health Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
PCOM's Post-Doctoral Certificates in Clinical Health Psychology & in Clinical Neuropsychology
each provide one year (16 and 19 credits respectively) of specialty training to doctoral-level
psychologists or current PCOM Clinical PsyD students that will enable them to render
ethical comprehensive services in medical settings and to medical patients.
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) & Certificate of Graduate Studies
These certificates are for those individuals who have received degrees in psychology,
education, counseling or a related discipline. These programs provide graduate-level
psychology, counseling, and organizational development and leadership courses to individuals
seeking to meet credentialing requirements or augment their training. The Certificate
of Advanced Graduate Studies is for those individuals who have received their master’s
degree in these fields, while the Certificate of Graduate Studies is for those individuals
who have received their bachelor’s degree in these fields. The Psychology Department
offers four Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) specialization tracks: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Professional Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis and
Organizational Development and Leadership. The Department also offers two Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) specialization tracks: Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Development and Leadership.