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IV. GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL ACADEMIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

PsyD CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology offers a professional degree, the Doctor of Psychology. It is conferred in recognition of marked scholarship, ability, and distinguished achievement in investigation and evaluation of a special area within the field.

CREDIT HOUR REQUIREMENTS

a. Clinical Psychology Program: A minimum of 93 course credits, 1080 practicum hours, and 1,750 hours of internship are required for completion of the clinical program.

b. School Psychology Program: 131 credits are required including 74 didactic course credits, 36 practicum/practicum supervision credits, 6-12 internship credits, and 9 dissertation credits. A minimum of 1150 practicum hours are required. A minimum of 1500 internship hours are required.

c. While students with prior training entering at an advanced level may be exempted from courses when their backgrounds justify this, some GSAPP programs have established some courses as essential for all students, regardless of background. Refer to the GSAPP catalog.

d. Full-time/Part-time Credit Hour Requirement: students entering at the bachelor's level (without advanced status) must devote a minimum of three years of full-time study, plus one year of an approved internship.

School Psychology Requirements – Minimal levels of achievement

  1. The student must pass all required didactic courses with grades of “B” or better.
  1. The student must complete all required practica with grades of “P” (pass).
  1. The student must complete the required 2 clinic credits with grades of “P” (pass).
  1. The student must pass the general comprehensive exam.
  1. The student must receive ratings of at least “competent for an entry level psychologist” on final faculty ratings for all program competencies.
  1. The student must pass the school psychology specialty comprehensive exam.
  1. The student must pass the school psychology oral comprehensive exam.
  1. The student must complete an internship that meets school psychology program criteria with a grade of “P” (pass).
  1. The student must successfully complete and defend a dissertation.

Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Requirements – Minimal levels of achievement

  1. The student must pass all required didactic courses with grades of “B” or better.

  2. The student must complete all required practica with grades of “P” (pass)
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  3. The student must complete the 3 required clinic credits (.5 in each semester in years 1-3) with grades of “P” (pass)
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  4. The student must pass the general comprehensive exam.

  5. The student must pass the clinical psychology comprehensive exam.

  6. The student must pass the clinical psychology oral exam.

  7. The student must complete all competency benchmarks (novice, intermediate, and advanced levels), consistent with the program’s training goals and objectives. If students did not “meet expectations” on a particular competency in a given year, the student must show evidence of achieving this benchmark by the time of graduation.
     
  8. The student must complete an internship that meets clinical psychology program criteria with a grade of “P” (pass).

  9. The student must successfully complete and defend a dissertation.