PsyD in School Psychology Granted Full Accreditation by the APA
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PsyD in School Psychology Program Granted Full Accreditation by the APA

May 6, 2024

PCOM PsyD in School Psychology students attend lecturePhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology program has been granted full accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Reaching the highest accreditation level is a nationally recognized achievement, showing that the program meets strict standards and ensures graduates are well-prepared to provide scientifically-based psychological services.

“Our school psychology community is very excited to have achieved this impressive milestone, and we are proud of our faculty and our students,” said Kate Tresco, PhD, director, PsyD program in school psychology. “The PCOM community and administration has been very committed and supportive of school psychology and the behavioral science programs, which fits seamlessly into the broader goals of the institution.”

Currently, the program has 32 students across all cohorts, with nine total graduates since the first graduating class in the summer of 2021. Notably, it's among only ten PsyD in school psychology programs listed on the APA's accredited doctoral programs roster.

“Our highly credentialed faculty have extensive experience in school psychology and are committed to supporting student growth and development across both foundational and applied skills,” said Tresco.

“Achieving this national recognition is a testament to the highest level of educational standards and commitment of PCOM to serve the mental health needs of children and their families in the schools and the community.”

Learn more about the Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology program at PCOM.

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