All students must successfully complete practicum experiences in the second and third year of study. Students enter practicum training if they are making satisfactory progress in the program and receive approval of the Program Director. Practicum is a field experience that spans the academic or calendar year. Practicum training is completed at numerous hospitals, agencies, and organizations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. The specific clinical focus of the experience varies according to the student's needs, interests, and availability of practicum sites. Students complete a minimum of eight quarters of practicum. Students work approximately 16 to 20 hours per week in a clinical setting. The practicum experiences in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy require a minimum of 1,000 hours over two years. Practicum placements may require work in the summer months, over holiday periods, and during breaks in the academic calendar. The Director of Clinical Training assists students in the application process for practicum placement.