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Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.): Clinical Psychology

The Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma City University provides advanced training in the scientific practice of professional psychology with commitment to evidence-based practice. This 120-hour degree program prepares students to provide evidence-based psychological services in a variety of settings to address a range of client mental health needs. It also prepares students to become competent professionals who are able to provide a variety of evidence based mental health services, including comprehensive psychological evaluations, psychotherapy services, supervisory services, and consultative services that can be provided to diverse groups of individuals.

Our rigorous academic curriculum is provided in a supportive, student centered learning environment that fosters intellectual growth, professional behavior, and ethical behavior through active learning and individualized instruction. Upon graduation, our students will have established core foundational knowledge in psychology, have developed strong clinical skills using evidence based interventions and best practices in psychological evaluations, clinical supervision, and consultation, and be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of settings while adhering to APA ethical guidelines.

Upon completion of this degree and required postdoctoral licensure hours, students will be able to apply for licensure as psychologists where they can work in both the private and public sectors, including hospitals, community agencies, clinics, and private practice. While licensure requirements may differ by state, it is recommended that individuals check the licensure laws in the state in which they intend to practice to ensure what is required

Program Aims

By the time students graduate the program, they will have :

  • established general knowledge base in core areas of psychology including biological bases of behavior, cognitive affective bases of behavior, social basis of behavior, and development across the lifespan and applicability to clinical practice
  • developed clinical skills of evidence based practice in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders, including understanding and applicability of such practice with diverse individuals and within interdisciplinary settings,
  • developed fundamental skills conducting psychological research using the scientific method and applying this knowledge to clinical practice,
  • developed ethical and professional behaviors and can implement such behaviors in professional activities such as research, supervision, consultation, and practice

Accreditation

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The program is, however, designed to satisfy APA criteria. We are following the steps necessary to achieve accreditation in a timely manner and will apply for accreditation as soon as possible.

Graduation from a non-accredited program may impact eligibility for licensure in the state in which the student intends to practice. All applicants should investigate licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to practice.

More information about APA accreditation:

American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978

Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Website: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Admission Requirements

Each year, we admit one cohort of students which begin the program in the Fall semester. Within each cohort, there will be a limited number of openings in the PsyD program which means that we receive more qualified applicants than what we can admit. Applicants must meet the minimal requirements for application; however, students who are admitted to the program often exceed these requirements.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Complete 18 hours of psychology courses or their equivalent
  • 6 of those hours are courses in research methods and statistics
  • 3 of those hours in abnormal psychology or personality
  • 3 hours in developmental, social, or cognitive psychology
  • Students must possess an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or an overall graduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. However, it should be noted that student GPA's of 3.5 or higher place students in a more competitive position for admission.
  • Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Consistent with OCU's graduate admissions requirement for international students from non-English speaking countries, candidates will demonstrate English proficiency. These requirements can be found in the OCU graduate catalog
  • Required application materials

Structure & Curriculum

The PsyD program consists of 120 hours that is comprised of required courses in 3 areas (clinical core, general psychology core, and research core), elective courses, applied experiences (internship/practicum hours), and capstone project hours. A Master of Science degree is conferred after a student has completed their first 2 years of coursework (51 hours) in the program, including successful completion of a master’s research project. The conferral of this degree serves as an indicator of progress toward the PsyD. We do not offer a terminal masters degree that leads to licensure.

Courses

Clinical Core

Psy 5213 Introduction to Evidence Based Interventions

Psy 5313 Adult Psychopathology

Psy 5413 Intellectual Assessment: Theory & Practice

Psy 5513 Ethics & Professional Issues in Clinical Practice

Psy 5613 Diversity in Clinical Practice

Psy 5713 Personality Assessment: Theory & Practice

Psy 5813 Advanced Evidence Based Interventions

Psy 5913 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Psy 7213 Psychological Consultation & Supervision

Psy 8313 Mental Health Care Administration

General Psychology Core

Psy 6313 Advanced Lifespan Development

Psy 7313 Applied Social Psychology

Psy 7413 Biological Basis of Behavior and Clinical Psychopharmacology

Psy 8513 Cognitive and Affective Basis of Behavior

Psy 8613 History and Systems of Psychology

Research Core

Psy 5113 Advanced Research Design

Psy 6413 Statistical Methods

Psy 7113 Clinical Research Design

Practicums & Internship

Psyc 6173 Clinical Psychology Practicum & Seminar I

Psyc 8173 Clinical Psychology Practicum & Seminar II

Psyc 8273 Clinical Psychology Internship

Electives

Psy 5471 Psychological Testing Practicum

Psy 6213 Psychological Interventions and Health

Psy 6513 Clinical Interventions with Families

Psy 7513 Introduction to Rural Mental Health

Psy 7613 Applied Gerontology: Assessment & Intervention

Psy 7713 Models of Psychotherapy

Psy 7813 Trauma: Assessment and Treatment

Psy 7913 Clinical Perspectives on Trauma

Psy 8113 Addictions: Theory and Research

Psy 8213 Addictions: Assessment and Intervention

Psy 8233 Teaching Practicum

Psy 8413 Advanced Psychological Assessment

Capstone Projects

Psy 6183 Masters Research Project

Psy 8183 Doctoral Research Project

For descriptions of these courses, please see the graduate catalog.

For a sample plan of study, please see this document.

Student Admission, Outcome, and Other Data

Transferability of Credit

Students who have taken graduate level coursework in a related field within 7 years prior to admission to the program can request to have syllabi reviewed. Syllabi will be reviewed by the members of the Clinical Training Committee in consultation of the instructor who typically teaches the course (e.g. psychology core course taught by experimental faculty) to determine if the course is equivalent to courses in the PsyD program in terms of depth and breadth of coverage. Students will be notified of the decision.

Students cannot transfer in more than 24 hours of graduate coursework in related field that was completed within 7 years prior to admission to the program. Classes which fulfill a DSK or PWC are eligible to transfer except for courses in which the MLA is based on specific elements of a class, and not the overall grade. No practicum or internship hours can transfer. For the course to transfer, students also have to have made a grade of B- or higher in the course. Students may be asked to take a competency based exam in that area where it is expected that a B- or higher will be made. To request transferability review, students must complete the Petition for Change to Program form which can be found in the Forms section of this handbook.

Diversity

We encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and with diverse life experiences. Consistent with Oklahoma City University’s Nondiscrimination Policy, we pledge to recruit, select, and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all current and prospective students, faculty, and staff. We do not discriminate or segregate based on sex (gender), race, age, ancestry, color, disability, genetic history, national origin, marital status, medical condition, religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, parenting status, status as a veteran, or the perception that a person has one more of these characteristics.

Request Information

To request information about the undergraduate program, please contact Melissa Hakman, Ph.D. at (405) 208-5397; mhakman@okcu.edu

For questions or additional information on our PsyD program including program policies and procedures please contact Melissa Hakman, Ph.D. at (405) 208-5397; mhakman@okcu.edu

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