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PsyD in Clinical Psychology 
Philadelphia Campus

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program, offered at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania campus, trains practitioner-scholar psychologists to work in a broad range of clinical settings, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to interdisciplinary care and service to diverse and underserved populations.

In our American Psychological Association accredited program, highly credentialed faculty present a curriculum oriented in cognitive-behavioral theory and empirically supported treatments addressing the most current developments in psychology, while enhancing learning through practical clinical applications and interprofessional education. The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program emphasizes professional self-reflection, mentorship, attention to diversity, advocacy and social justice.


PsyD Program Mission

The PsyD program aims to educate professional clinical psychologists to enable them to meet the individual and collective mental health needs of all persons, with attention to diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, religion, age, and abilities, by use of comprehensive, empirically-supported cognitive and behavioral therapies, in collaboration with primary care physicians and other health professionals in an effort to provide holistic multidisciplinary health care services. We seek to train culturally competent clinical psychologists who will be leaders, advocates, clinicians, educators, and supervisors, with a commitment to scholarship and the application of research methodologies to answer clinical questions in their daily practices and communities.

PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program Details

The learning in the first two years of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is through didactic courses that cover the scientific and clinical foundations of the discipline, with inclusion of experiential components, and labs for skills training. Use of standardized patient actors provides a means for gaining formative feedback on the integration of didactic and clinical skills. Fieldwork and seminar experiences in the third and fourth years enable the student to integrate knowledge of theory and research with practicum experience. During this time, students are also mentored through the dissertation process. Students' interprofessional education occurs throughout the first four years through coursework, team-based learning, and simulations with DO, PA, counseling, nursing, and other healthcare professionals.

Clinical PsyD Internship

The internship provides the clinical psychology doctoral student with an intensive, yearlong, supervised work experience to develop, practice and integrate new clinical skills. It represents the culmination of the doctoral experience, the last practical training step before earning a doctorate in psychology. All students are required to apply to APA-accredited and APPIC internships.

PCOM PsyD Internship Match Rate

Since 2015, PCOM students have had a 98 percent psychology internship match rate (159 of 162) in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) internship matching program. See our Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data page for additional details.


Career Options for Clinical Psychologists

Here are some of the career opportunities available to PCOM PsyD in Clinical Psychology program graduates:

  • Clinical psychology professionals work with individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings such as hospitals and private practice. Some graduates teach in academic settings. According to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis Behavioral Health Workforce Projections, demand for clinical psychologists is projected to exceed supply by 2030.
  • The PCOM PsyD in Clinical Psychology program trains psychologists who are well grounded in fundamental and general training, and who have the opportunity to develop specialized interests in their later years, or through electives and dissertation work. They are prepared to deliver essential services to today’s diverse populations, particularly the underserved with an attention to patient-centered care and interprofessional collaboration.

How to Apply to the Clinical Psychology Program

Visit the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) application requirements page for details regarding admissions requirements and the application process.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

PCOM Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-871-6700 | Fax: 215-872-6719

What Our Students Say

“I was really drawn to PCOM because the emphasis of the program really takes that health psychology perspective. Having this integrated physical and mental health campus was really attractive to me.”

Joseph Harrison (PsyD)

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“[Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, Professor, Department Chair and Director, Clinical PsyD Program] is an integral part of the department, but she always has time for students.”

Jason Coleman, PsyD

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Jason Coleman, PsyD portrait

“PCOM has a tradition of ingraining itself in the behavioral medicine perspective of care and this is what makes it stand out from other schools. Providers from different disciplines go in together as a team and treat patients collaboratively.”

Mark Cassano, PsyD

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Program Highlights

PCOM PsyD in Clinical Psychology


Students have two years of 12-month practicum experiences in a range of different settings, working with diverse patient populations.


Students are offered the opportunity to work with faculty on clinical research projects and are required to produce new research with mentorship and guidance to meet the dissertation requirement.


Graduates of the PsyD program qualify for the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) for partial fulfillment of the requirements for professional licensure.

Interprofessional Education

Students learn from, with, and about other healthcare professionals through didactics, experiential learning, standardized patient encounters, research and community involvement.

Five Years to Complete

The PsyD program is designed to be completed in five years, including course work, practicum, internship and dissertation. Most students do complete the program in this timeframe.

Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program Accreditation

PCOM’s PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of PCOM’s Clinical PsyD program, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242