Course Sequence
Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

2015-2016 Academic Year 

FIRST YEAR


Fall

  Behavioral Medicine 3 Credits
  Learning Theories 3 Credits
  Ethics 3 Credits
  Professional Development Seminar 1 Credit
  Doctoral Writing Skills Seminar* (not for credit) 0 Credits


Winter

  Social Psychology 3 Credits
  Lifespan Development 3 Credits
  Research I: Methodology and Research Design 3 Credits
  Professional Development Seminar 1 Credit
  Doctoral Writing Skills Seminar* (not for credit) 0 Credits


Spring

  Human Diversity: Multiculturalism/Individual Diff. 3 Credits
  Psychopathology 3 Credits
  Research II: Psychometrics & Univariate/Multivariate Statistics 4 Credits
  Professional Development Seminar 1 Credit
  Doctoral Writing Skills Seminar* (not for credit) 0 Credits

TOTAL CREDITS
 31
*No course credit is given. A $500 fee is assessed for each term. Following the first term, and at the discretion of the program director, students may have the option to waive out of this seminar for the remaining terms.   

SECOND YEAR


Summer

  Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior 3 Credits
  History & Systems of Psychology 3 Credits
  STEPPS Comprehensive Exam Part A 0 Credits


Fall

  Assessment I: Assessment of Cognitive Abilities 3 Credits
  Cognitive Therapy 3 Credits
  Physiological Bases of Behavior 3 Credits


Winter

  Assessment II: Objective Personality Assessment 3 Credits
  Behavioral Therapy 3 Credits


Spring

  Assessment III: Projective Assessment 3 Credits
  Essay Comprehensive Exam** 0 Credits
  Objective Comprehensive Exam** 0 Credits

TOTAL CREDITS
 24
**Students must register for the comprehensive examinations (0.5 credit fee each) in the term that the essay and/or objective portions of the exam are taken.  No course credit is given.  

THIRD YEAR


Summer

  Practicum I 1.5 Credits
  Integrative Health Care
1.5 Credits
  Objective or Essay Comps 2nd administration if necessary** 0 Credits
  STEPPS Comprehensive Exam Part B 0 Credits


Fall

  Research III: Dissertation Development Seminar 1.5 Credits
  Practicum II 1.5 Credits


Winter

  Research IV: Methodology Development and Statistical Planning 1.5 Credits
  Practicum III 1.5 Credits


Spring

  Research V: Manuscript Development and Defense Planning 1.5 Credits
  Practicum IV 1.5 Credits
  Supervision & Administration of Psychological Services 3 Credits

TOTAL CREDITS
 15

FOURTH YEAR


Summer

  Practicum V 1.5 Credits
  Dissertation Advisement 1 Credit***
  STEPPS Comprehensive Exam Part C 0 Credits 


Fall

  Practicum VI 1.5 Credits
  Dissertation Advisement 1 Credit***
  Elective**** 3 Credits


Winter

  Practicum VII 1.5 Credits
  Dissertation Advisement 1 Credit***
  Elective**** 3 Credits


Spring

  Practicum VIII 1.5 Credits
  Dissertation Advisement 1 Credit***
  Elective****  3 Credits

TOTAL CREDITS
 15***

***Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward minimum of 89 credit degree requirement. Register until successfully defend dissertation.
****9 credits of electives to be completed after 2nd year courses are completed.

 

FIFTH YEAR


Summer

  Internship 1 Credit
  Dissertation Advisement 1 Credit***


Fall

  Internship 1 Credit


Winter

  Internship 1 Credit

 

Spring

 
  Internship 1 Credit
TOTAL CREDITS
 4***

The PsyD requires a minimum of 89 credit hours for graduation: 58 credit hours of didactic required courses, 12 credit hours of practicum, 9 credit hours of electives, 6 credit hours of dissertation preparation (Research III, IV, and V; 2 credits each), and 4 credit hours of Internship.

All students are required to complete courses in the prescribed sequence, and must take required courses and comprehensive exams immediately upon reaching eligibility criteria.  The objective and essay portions of the comprehensive exams are given immediately following completion of the first two years of required coursework.  The third and final portion of the comprehensive examination (STEPPS) is administered in the summer following the completion of the third year curriculum.  Students achieve Doctoral Candidacy and are awarded an MS in Clinical Psychology upon successful completion of all three portions of the comprehensive examination. 

Students must complete the objective and essay portions of the comprehensive examination prior to enrolling in Research III: Dissertation Development Seminar.  If a student has not completed the dissertation after three terms of dissertation work, he or she must register for one credit hour of Dissertation Advisement per term until the dissertation is completed and approved.  These credit hours do not count towards the program's 89 credit hour minimum requirement.  Students must successfully propose their dissertation prior to approval to apply for internship.