Graduates of PCOM's Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology program will be fully prepared to assume the role and responsibility of a school psychologist at an advanced level with specialized training in advanced assessment practices and application of cognitive-behavior therapy.APPLY ONLINE
Program applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field at a regionally accredited college or university, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on a number of factors. These include: a commitment to working with children and families, 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, and personal and professional presentation in the interview. Intellectual ability, academic potential, strong writing skills, emotional stability, maturity, integrity, motivation and high ethical standards are necessary for successful program completion and acceptance into the professional community.
Applicants must have completed, prior to admission the following foundational coursework:
Transcripts will be carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
A school psychology program candidate who currently holds a graduate degree in psychology or a related field may be eligible to have up to 30 credits or graduate work transferred towards the PsyD degree program. Eligibility for course transfer is as follows:
It is the discretion of the program director as to which courses can be transferred based on the above criteria.
Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:
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.
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
Letters of Recommendation can be sent through the evaluator portal on GradCAS or directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommenders can be directed to our "For Recommenders" page for guidance.
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.
The PsyD program utilizes 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 summer term.
The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview and to submit a writing sample, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students. As an applicant to PCOM's Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology program, you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.
Due to COVID-19, we will conduct online interviews only for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle at all PCOM locations.
Following completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admissions Committee's decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.
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 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 PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation (PDF).
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