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
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
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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