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DO/MS in Mental Health Counseling

Students who have successfully completed their first year of medical study at PCOM may enter a special dual degree program provided by PCOM’s School of Professional and Applied Psychology, leading to a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in five years.

Students complete graduate work through on–campus evening class sessions during an extended sophomore medical year. The MS in Mental Health Counseling program is committed to the practitioner-scholar model of training, encouraging students to integrate psychological theory, techniques, and research into clinical practice. The cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) model is emphasized and students are provided the unique opportunity to practice CBT techniques and conceptualization with video-taped, standardized mock patients.

This program is offered on the Philadelphia campus only.

Application Information

For more information, contact Denah Appelt, PhD, PCOM's Director of Dual Degree Programs, at 215-871-6164 or