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PCOM's Graduate Programs in Psychology Offer a Wealth of Knowledge and Unique Opportunities

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 with faculty.

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 practitioners.

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 therapy.

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 (CGS)
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.

Last Updated: 2/4/15