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Students complete the program in 3-7 years with a median of 4 years. Average time to completion of the program is 4.39 years. The majority of students (90.1%) complete the program in 5 years or less. Overall, 67.9% of the students completed the program in less than 5 years; 23% completed in 5 years; 7.1% in 6 years and 1.7% in 7 years. For those students entering the program with a Bachelors degree, 61.2% completed the program in 4 years, 27.7% in 5 years, 8.5% in 6 years, and 2.1% in 7 years. 100% of those graduates entering the program with an advanced degree in psychology (16.1% of all graduates) completed the program in 4 years or less. The range of time to completion for these students was 3-4 years, with a mean time to completion of 3.77 years and a median and mode of 4 years.
The program has had a 100% placement rate for those students seeking internships in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Number and percentage who obtained paid internships:
Number and percentage who obtained APPIC internships:
Number and percentage who obtained APA internships:
Obtained 2-year internships in 2010 - 1 (6%)
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All students (100%) who matriculated into the program in 2003 graduated with the doctoral degree. A majority (93.8%) of students who matriculated into the program in 2004 graduated with the doctoral degree. Of those who matriculated into the program in 2005, 81% have graduated with the doctoral degree. Of those students who matriculated in 2006, 73% have graduated with the doctoral degree. Of those students who matriculated in 2007, 75% have graduated with the doctoral degree. Of those students who matriculated in 2008, 27% have graduated with the doctoral degree.
Above average growth (22 percent) for clinical and counseling specialists, especially for those holding doctorates and those working in school settings
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Psychologists)
(Source: 2009 Salaries in Psychology. Center for Workforce Studies, American Psychological Association. 2010)
To be considered for admission within our competitive selection process, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
The Midwestern University Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology Program educates students in the general practice of evidence-based clinical psychology serving a diverse population.
The Program's training model recognizes the ongoing need in society for competently trained practitioners with strong foundational knowledge of psychological theories, the scientific bases of behavior, and evidence-based clinical practice, as well as the ability to utilize this knowledge in specific clinical situations. The Program is committed to achieving three major educational goals congruent with its training model:
Consistent with the Program's mission, educational and training philosophy, and goals, the faculty emphasizes in its didactic and clinical curricula that science informs practice as practice informs science. The Program demonstrates their interdependency by integrating theory with research as both apply to clinical situations and experiences to help students understand bidirectional influences of science and practice.
The Doctor of Psychology degree is designed to be a professional degree similar to the doctoral degrees provided in medicine, law, pharmacy, physical therapy, and dentistry. The Psy.D. is considered the degree of choice for persons interested in becoming a practitioner scholar when pursuing a career in clinical psychology. The program emphasis is on the development of the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills for the practice of clinical psychology.
The program of study follows the objectives of the training models endorsed by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Students are educated and trained in the core competency areas related to the current body of knowledge on the biological aspects of behavior, cognitive and affective aspects of behavior, social aspects of behavior, history and systems of psychology, psychological measurement, research methodology, techniques of data analysis, individual differences, human development, dysfunctional behavior and psychopathology, professional standards and ethics, theories and methods of assessment and diagnosis, effective interventions, consultation, supervision, efficacy of interventions, issues of cultural and individual diversity, and attitudes essential for lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, and professional problem-solving. The program centers on the development of appropriate attitudes, knowledge, and skills reflected in the training competencies of relationship, assessment, intervention, research/evaluation, consultation/education, management/supervision, diversity, and professionalism.
The overall goal is to prepare students for careers in the practice of professional psychology. There are eight specific goals defined as competencies, and the program has key points in the curriculum target to assess progress in attaining competencies. These competencies are:
The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program follows the practitioner scholar model of preparation that was accepted by the American Psychological Association at the Vail Conference. This model recognizes the ongoing need in society for expertly trained practitioners in the field of clinical psychology. The practitioner scholar philosophy dictates that competent practitioners are required to have an extensive understanding of the theoretical principles in the clinical practice of psychology and the ability to utilize the knowledge in specific clinical situations. This program philosophy is to educate and train individuals to enter careers emphasizing the delivery of direct psychological services and consultation. Relevant theory, research, and field experiences are integrated toward the development of competent and ethical practitioners who are respectful of individual and cultural differences in the provision of psychological services.
Information pertaining to the administrative policies and procedures of both the department and the university can be found in the current Midwestern University catalog.
Tuition = $25,740 yearly (At the current rate, total program tuition is projected to be $102,960 on the four year plan and $128,700 on the five year plan). There is an additional fee of $255 the first year for testing material fees. A quarterly continuation fee (ranging from $500 to $1,000) is assessed for completion of the Practitioner Scholar Project beyond the internship year. Students taking less than 12 credit hours per quarter are considered to have a partial course load.
Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year. Historically, tuition has increased between 2% and 7% annually.
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 800/621-7440. The Psy.D. degree program is currently under review for accreditation by the American Psychological Association. Accreditation information can be obtained from the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE; Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202/336-5979; TDD/TTY: 202/336-6123. Website: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/status.html
This program meets the "Guidelines for Defining 'Doctoral Degree in Psychology'" as implemented by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Project. Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being licensed as a psychologist. Please contact the state / provincial / territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply for exact information. Additional information including links to jurisdictions is available on the ASPPB's web site: www.asppb.org.
Once licensed, a graduate of a designated program is eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Graduation from a designated program typically ensures that the program completed meets the educational requirements for the National Register credential. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and listed on the FindaPsychologist.org database. Doctoral students may apply to have their credentials banked and reviewed prior to licensure. For further information about the National Psychologist's Trainee Register and the National Register application process, consult the National Register's web site: www.nationalregister.org.