Post-Doctoral Certificate Programs in Clinical Health Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
Application Requirements

The Post-Doctoral Certificate programs in Clinical Health Psychology and in Clinical Neuropsychology are designed to provide specialty training to doctoral-level psychologists or current PCOM Clinical PsyD students while preparing them to render ethical comprehensive services in medical settings and to medical patients.

These one-year programs (16 and 19 credits respectively) provide advanced, specialized training and post-doctoral hours/training that students may apply toward licensure in psychology (check with individual states for specific requirements) and/or toward subsequent board certification by the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Admission Requirements

Post-Doctoral Psychology Certificate admission requirements

Applicants to Post-Doctoral Psychology Certificate program must have completed a doctorate in clinical psychology from a regionally accredited college or university. Students completing their Clinical Psychology doctoral degree at PCOM may apply and may be eligible to have applicable elective credits count toward the certificate.

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
  • 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.

Application Process

How to apply to PCOM’s postdoc psychology certificate programs

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participates in GradCAS, the centralized application service for graduate study.

Prospective graduate students may submit their application through a secure web server, GradCAS, which is similar to a "common app". In order to connect your general GradCAS application to PCOM, visit the ADD PROGRAM tab, search for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and select your program of interest from the list. Also, be sure you complete the fourth quadrant of PCOM custom questions and click SUBMIT when completed. Be advised that your full GradCAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified to be considered for admission to PCOM.

Need help using GradCAS?

GradCAS instructions can be found on the GradCAS Applicant Help Center and the GradCAS Quick Start Guide. Additionally, you may contact GradCAS Customer Service.

Where do I send my college transcripts?

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via mail, eScript and/or Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse.

Where do I send my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation can be sent through the evaluator portal on GradCAS or directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to Recommenders can be directed to our "For Recommenders" page for guidance.

What are the next steps?

Once your application has been downloaded from GradCAS, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process. 

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)

Admissions Process

What happens after I apply to the post-doctoral psychology programs?

The programs utilize a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. 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 start).

The Admissions Committee screens the applications, invites some applicants for an interview, and 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 Post-Doctoral program you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.

Background check requirement

In an 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 a PCOM vendor of choice. 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 (PDF).

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