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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. The Clinical Psychology program prepares students to provide evidence-based psychological services in a variety of settings to address a range of client mental health needs including in rural settings and with underserved populations. 

Graduates from this program will be able to work competently within the changing face of mental health care. It is the continued mental health needs, lack of mental health providers, and the push to integrate mental health professionals within primary care that prompted the creation of this program to address these needs.

Students can be admitted to the program with either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

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Requirements

Applicants from all academic disciplines, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, are welcome to apply, provided they meet the preparatory course prerequisites*. Applicants can apply while still working on a bachelor’s degree, but must earn their degree before enrolling in the program.

  • 3.0 GPA, plus completed Psychology prerequisites
  • GRE
  • Graduate Application
  • Official College Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement (2-3 typed pages)
  • Vita/Resume

Applications are due by January 15th

Doctor of Psychology Advisement Dates

For additional information on the Doctor of Psychology Program and to meet one-on-one with an advisor, register below for a Doctor of Psychology Advisement Session. Choose from one of the following dates.

2017 Dates

Dec 11

Structure & Curriculum

120 credit-hour degree program (leads to ability to apply for licensure as a Psychologist): 

  • 4 years of coursework in theory, evidence-based practice of psychology, and practicum-based experiences
  • Yearlong full-time predoctoral internship during the 5th year.

Students will complete required courses in 3 core areas: 

  • General Psychology Core (15 hours)
  • Research Core (9 hours)
  • Clinical Core (27 hours) 

Students then can choose from a variety of elective courses (15-24 hours) that will give them the opportunity to gain additional skills in specific areas of focus whether that be with children or adults, trauma, rural mental health/primary care, substance abuse, etc. Students will also receive applied clinical experiences (33-39 hours) through numerous practicums both in-house in the psychology training clinic as well as external sites within the community.

Our program also will provide students with skills in supervision, interdisciplinary consultation, foundational skills in mental health care administration, program prevention/evaluation, and rural mental health. 

As a psychologist, individuals will be able to provide clinical services, working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice. Psychologists are also able to provide supervision to master’s level practitioners, and are able to teach at universities.

Students who come through our program will receive a significant amount of attention and mentoring from faculty given the low student-faculty ratio.  While there are required courses, students will also be able to select coursework that matches their interests and allows them to prepare for their future career path.

Admission Requirements
  1. Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum of 18 hours of completed psychology courses, with 6 of those hours being courses in research methods and statistics, 3 of those hours in abnormal psychology or personality, and 3 hours in developmental, social, or cognitive psychology.  

    Students lacking some of the prerequisite courses but presenting with an exceptional undergraduate record may be admitted, but they will be expected to remove all undergraduate deficiencies during their first academic year. Students must possess an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.  

    For students who possess a master’s degree in a related field and who earned a B- or better in their graduate courses, they can request that their courses be reviewed for transferability. For courses to transfer, it must be demonstrated that the courses had similar coverage in course content (depth & breadth) as the graduate courses in the PsyD program. Students can transfer in no more than 24 hours of approved courses.  No practicum or internship courses will be allowed to transfer.  Students may be asked to provide copies of syllabi and course descriptions to help determine whether courses will transfer. To be considered eligible for possible transfer, courses must have been completed no longer than 7 years prior to program admission. 
  2. Take the GRE (general test). “GRE scores are considered as part of the whole application packet.  For students who do not possess a degree in psychology, it is recommended (not required) that they take the subject test of the GRE to show competence in psychology. 
  3. Submit the following application materials: graduate school application for admission form, official college transcripts, 3 letters of recommendations, personal statement, and vita.  

    The personal statement should be no more than 2-3 typed, double spaced pages.  The personal statement should reflect on 1) experiences (e.g. clinical experiences, research experience, other professional experience) that has prepared you for graduate study in clinical psychology, 2) your professional goals and interests and how our program will help you reach those goals, and 3) personal characteristics and strengths that you possess that make you a good candidate for graduate study.

    For letters of recommendations, individuals should be familiar with abilities and experiences relevant to your preparedness for graduate study in psychology.
  4. On-campus interviews will be required prior to acceptances being granted. For students who earn an OCU degree who meet the admission requirements (bachelor’s degree with required courses, GPA, GRE, application materials) will be guaranteed an interview. Note that an interview does not equate to an acceptance.
  5. For applicants whose native language is not English, proof of English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL) may be required.
  6. Applications are due January 15. Applications will be reviewed then applicants who are being considered for the program will be contacted to set up interviews. If on campus interviews are not possible due to extreme circumstances, then interviews will be conducted via Skype.
Prerequisite Course Requirements

18 hours minimum of psychology courses.  Within the 18 hours minimum, students must have completed:

  • 6 hours in research methods or statistics,
  • 3 hours in abnormal psychology or personality,
  • 3 hours in developmental/social/or cognitive psychology.

(*Students lacking some the prerequisite courses but presenting with an exceptional undergraduate record may be admitted, but they will be expected to remove all undergraduate deficiencies during their first academic year.)

For students who possess a master’s degree in a related field and who earned a B- or better in their graduate courses, they can request that their courses be reviewed for transferability. For courses to transfer, it must be demonstrated that the courses had similar coverage in course content (depth & breadth) as the graduate courses in the PsyD program. Students can transfer in no more than 24 hours of approved courses.  No practicum or internship courses will be allowed to transfer.  Students may be asked to provide copies of syllabi and course descriptions to help determine whether courses will transfer. To be considered eligible for possible transfer, courses must have been completed no longer than 7 years prior to program admission.

Course Curriculum

Clinical Core (required, 27 hours)

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 (required 15 hours)

Psy 6113 Advanced Cognitive Psychology

Psy 6313 Advanced Lifespan Development

Psy 6813 History and Systems of Psychology

Psy 7313 Applied Social Psychology

Psy 7413 Biological Basis of Behavior and Clinical Psychopharmacology

Research Core (required 9 hours)

Psy 5113 Advanced Research Design

Psy 6413 Statistical Methods

Psy 7113 Clinical Research Design

Capstone Projects (required, minimum 6 hours; no more than 12 hours)

Psy 6183 Masters Research Project

Psy 8183 Doctoral Research Project

Applied Experiences (required, minimum 33 hours; no more than 39 hours)

Psy 7173 Clinical Psychology Practicum & Seminar I (minimum 6 hours; no more than 9 hours)

Psy 8173 Clinical Psychology Practicum & Seminar II (minimum 12 hours; no more than 15 hours)

Psy 8273 Clinical Psychology Internship (15 hours)

Electives (15-24 hours) 

Allows students to tailor their program, concentrating in specific areas such as adult, children, trauma, rural mental health/primary care

Psy 5471 Psychological Testing Practicum

Psy 6213 Psychological Interventions and Health

Psy 6513 Clinical Interventions with Families

Psy 6613 Clinical Perspectives on Trauma

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 8213 Addictions: Assessment and Intervention

Psy 8113 Addictions: Theory and Research

Psy 8413 Advanced Psychological Assessment

Psy 8233 Teaching Practicum

Here are some examples of what electives students might take if they plan to work with:

Children 

Clinical Intv & families; Clinical Perspectives & Trauma; Advanced Psychological Assessment; Trauma: Assessment & Treatment; Teaching Practicum (if interested in teaching)

Rural Mental Health/Primary Care

Intro to Rural Mental Health; Psychological Interventions & Health; Applied Gerontology: Assessment & Intervention; Addiction: Theory & Research; Addictions: Assessment & Intervention

Adults

Applied Gerontology: Assessment & Intervention; Addiction: Theory & Research; Addictions: Assessment & Intervention; Psychological Interventions & Health or Clinical Perspectives & Trauma; Trauma:  Assessment & Treatment

Trauma 

Clinical Perspectives & Trauma; Trauma: Assessment & Treatment; Advanced Psychological Assessments; Clinical Interventions & Families; plus additional elective

To further enhance students’ concentrations, their practicum sites are tailored to their interests.

Accreditation/Licensure

This program is designed in accordance to the accreditation guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA). While the program is not accredited at the present time, we are following the procedures to receive accreditation, and will apply for accreditation when the program is eligible and in accordance with APA’s process and timeline (following our first cohort’s graduation).  This program also meets state licensure requirements set forth by the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Psychology to become a licensed psychologist. Applicants who are planning to pursue licensure in other states should review licensure requirements of the state they intend to practice.  Non accredited status at the time of graduation may affect eligibility for licensure in some states.