Clinical Psychology Program, Glendale Campus

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology program will prepare you via academic, clinical, and research training by our expert faculty. You will acquire essential therapeutic, assessment, diagnostic, and consultative skills for the clinical psychology field.

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Build a Successful Career

Midwestern University's American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program in Clinical Psychology empowers you to deliver compassionate care to diverse individuals and groups. A Psy.D. degree opens doors to diverse career opportunities, including clinical practice, academia, research, and leadership roles in the dynamic field of psychology, allowing you to shape your professional path to your unique interests and aspirations. As reflected on Midwestern's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage, the program and university are dedicated to attracting and retaining students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, including those who may be historically underrepresented in the field.

Practitioner-Scholar Model

Our APA-Accredited Doctoral Program, guided by the practitioner-scholar model, equips you with an in-depth grasp of theoretical psychology principles and their practical application within clinical settings.

Skill Development for Clinical Success

The Clinical Psychology Program empowers you to cultivate indispensable therapeutic, assessment, diagnostic, and consultative skills, laying the foundation for a thriving career in Clinical Psychology.

Ethical and Patient-Centered Care

Your training as an ethical, patient-centered caregiver shapes you for a rewarding role in tomorrow's healthcare team, where compassion and expertise meet.

Faculty Excellence and Student Focus

Our Program, rooted in evidence-based practice, centers on nurturing your growth as a capable and empathetic clinical psychologist, facilitated by our dedicated faculty experts. Emphasizing a student-focused approach, we maintain small class sizes, a low student-to-faculty ratio, and a student-mentor model for your academic journey.

Student Outcome Data

The Program is a minimum of 4 years. Students can elect to complete the Program in 5 years, which includes an additional practicum experience. Review the Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details including time to completion, program costs, internship placement, attrition, and licensure data.

Student admissions, outcomes and other data (PDF)

Diversity Focused

The Program and University are dedicated to attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, including those who may be historically underrepresented in the field. Visit the DEI at Midwestern University page for more details.

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To be considered for admission within our competitive selection process applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Completion of 18 semester hours or equivalent of prerequisite coursework in psychology, with a grade of B- or better, including:
    • Introductory/General Psychology
    • Human Growth & Development or Personality Theory
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics or Tests and Measurements
  • A personal statement that reflects the educational and career goals of applicants and provides a self-appraisal of their qualifications for the Program and profession. Applicants are encouraged to include explanations of any factors in their application materials that might impact evaluation of their application. 
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • For the current admissions cycle, GRE scores will be optional for applicants. The program’s decision is predicated on its aim to remove barriers, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, for students applying. Not submitting scores will in no way impact how an applicant’s file is reviewed. If scores are provided by an applicant, scores will be reviewed as part of the whole application assessment.  Graduate Records Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 4160.

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Application Deadline

Completed applications are reviewed by the Clinical Psychology Admissions Committee. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in group interviews, during which candidates meet with Program faculty, staff, and students. All application materials, including evaluations in the interview process, are then reviewed by the Admissions Committee for final admissions decisions. Please see below for the application deadlines.

Priority Application Deadline - December 11th

Applicants who submit their completed materials on or before December 15th will be given first consideration for admission and will be notified of the admissions decision on or before February 15th. Those who are not accepted into the Program at this time will have the option of forwarding their application into the standard deadline (see below).

Standard Application Deadline - April 20th

Applicants who submit their completed materials on or before April 20th will be considered for admission and will be notified of the admissions decision on or before May 21st. Students are encouraged to apply after the standard application deadline. Applications received between April 21st and July 15thwill be considered on a rolling basis for seats that may be available or placement on the alternate list.

Midwestern University is pleased to announce that it will offer limited scholarships to first-year students enrolled in the 2024-2025 academic year.  The two types of scholarships available are:  

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship - Academic excellence will be evaluated using information provided in the application, including undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE scores, academic, and clinical and research achievements and honors. 
  • Diversity Scholarship - Consistent with MWU's commitment to fostering diversity in the health care field, the Diversity Scholarship recognizes students from diverse backgrounds, including cultural and individual differences.    

Students who are offered admission into the program will automatically be considered for one of these two scholarships.

Midwestern University’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program utilizes a practitioner-scholar model for an extensive understanding of theoretical principles in psychology and then apply your knowledge to a clinical setting.

The APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University, Glendale Campus emphasizes a broad and general training in psychology designed to be completed in four years of full-time study. Utilizing a practitioner-scholar model, our program will help you develop an extensive understanding of the theoretical principles in the clinical practice of psychology and the ability to use that knowledge in a clinical setting. 

Through coursework and clinical training experiences, students develop the essential therapeutic, assessment, diagnostic, and consultative skills for a successful career as a clinical psychologist. Because the Clinical Psychology Program is housed within a medical school and healthcare environment, students have the opportunity to interact with many healthcare professionals. As part of an interprofessional approach, our training provides opportunities for professional interaction and collaboration with other healthcare professionals through various formal and informal activities such as research forums and community outreach and involvement activities. 

The Clinical Psychology curriculum is designed to be completed in four years. In the first three years, students complete all of their coursework and requisite practicum training experiences. In the fourth year, students complete a full-time, pre-doctoral Internship. Students also have the option to complete their program of study on a 5-year curriculum plan.

If students choose the option of applying to the Neuropsychology concentration/track, they will need to complete the program on a specialized 5-year curriculum plan.

Information about the curriculum plans for the 4-year, 5-year, and Neuropsychology track options can be found in the Academic Catalog. For specific questions, please email Adam Fried, the Program Director, at afried@midwestern.edu

Curriculum details

The Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University skillfully blends patient-centered learning in the sciences with a team-oriented, interdisciplinary approach to create an outstanding professional education that will take you into 21st century healthcare practice.

Individualized In-Depth Learning

Our comprehensive curriculum includes courses across a wide range of therapy modalities including CBT, psychodynamic, family systems, and group therapies. Under the guidance of our exceptional faculty, students receive unique training opportunities, including simulated patient learning experiences, individualized research mentorship with opportunities for professional publications and presentations, and interdisciplinary education with students from an array of healthcare professions.

Diverse Practicum Training Opportunities

Students receive supervised training in therapy and assessment (including neuropsychology) with children and adults at one of our 90 practicum field placements in the greater Phoenix area, including medical centers, psychiatric hospitals, veterans hospitals, private practices, specialized schools, prisons and other forensic settings, and at our Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic.

Integrated Healthcare and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Learning how to integrate psychology services into healthcare care settings is just one skill students will develop. Our unique One Health initiative promotes interdisciplinary education and patient care; students interact with professionals across healthcare disciplines including family medicine, optometry, pharmacy, speech-language pathology, and others. Advanced students also have the opportunity to provide clinical consultation services through the Behavioral Health Consult Program in the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic.

Neuropsychology Concentration

Our optional 5-year Neuropsychology Concentration tailors the student's program of study through elective courses, practice field experiences, and research to concentrate in neuropsychology, neuroscience, and neuropsychological assessment. Students accepted to the neuropsychology concentration have a unique opportunity to take an interdisciplinary neuroanatomy course with an accompanying dissection lab.

Student Activities and Achievements

Students have the opportunity to participate in our many psychology and multi-disciplinary clubs and activities on campus.  

The Midwestern University Clinical Psychology Program's central purpose is to train prospective students using a Practitioner-Scholar model of training through an academic curriculum designed to integrate disciple-specific knowledge in psychology and theory with the practice and delivery of evidenced-based psychological interventions, diagnostics, assessments, and scholarship. Training and educating within the program emphasizes the application of psychological knowledge and skills and the integration between science and practice in a manner that is respectful and appreciative of diversity and contextual factors

Program Aim: To provide broad and general training in clinical psychology that is empirically-based and diversity-informed to be able to practice as health service psychologists who deliver psychological services in intervention and assessment in a manner consistent with accepted ethical and legal practices; account for appropriate diversity and contextual factors in application; and incorporate scientific and evidentiary knowledge in practice using accepted professional wide competencies and discipline specific knowledge.

Program Competencies: The Program assesses student competency using a portfolio-based system (the Comprehensive Assessment Method in Psychology [CAMP]) to evaluate work samples throughout the Program for demonstrations of competency. The Comprehensive Assessment Method in Psychology (CAMP) serves as the Program's focal point for information regarding its effectiveness in training students on the nine Health Service Psychology Profession-wide Competencies outlined in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service psychology approved by the American Psychological Association in 2015. These areas include:

  1. Research
  2. Ethical and legal standards
  3. Individual and cultural diversity
  4. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
  5. Communication and interpersonal skills
  6. Assessment
  7. Intervention
  8. Supervision
  9. Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

The profession-wide competencies demonstrate functional abilities and skills essential to the professional practice of health service psychology. CAMP was developed to evaluate competency through portfolios of student work samples, such as literature reviews, intervention tapes, and testing reports. Many of the CAMP assignments are included in course requirements and are therefore reflected in course grades. Course grades provide a general measure of developmental progress, knowledge, and skills, while CAMP assignments provide assessment of student achievement of competency. In addition to gauging how students are progressing along Program competencies, the CAMP system provides a concrete method for students to assess and monitor their own unique strengths and weaknesses as they progress in a sequential, and increasingly complex manner through the curriculum.

The profession-wide competencies are predicated on the acquisition of discipline specific knowledge that serves as the foundation for the identity and orientation to health service psychology. These core areas of knowledge base and foundation are acquired through the Program's curriculum and include: History and Systems of Psychology, Basic Content Areas (Affective, Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social Aspects of Behavior), and Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and Psychometrics.

The foundational courses expose students to knowledge through learning experiences with primary source materials, critical thinking and communication at an advanced level, and integration of discipline-specific knowledge with practice. Diversity and culture as well as scientific and evidence bases of psychology are incorporated throughout the foundational classes through primary source articles and class activities. The student's knowledge is assessed by course grades as well as a capstone project or specific class assignment for each area identified above.

The Program views self-reflection as a critical element in adopting a commitment to life-long learning and interest in scholarly activity. The developmental nature of competency achievement in a cumulative progression from basic- to intermediate-level tasks allows students first to acquire knowledge and skills in distinct areas of competency, followed by opportunities to demonstrate competency through integration and application of knowledge and skills on more complex tasks required within the profession.

Overview

The Clinical Psychology Program offers a 5-year Neuropsychology Concentration that tailors the student’s program of study through elective courses, practice field experiences, and research and scientific inquiry to concentrate in the area of clinical neuropsychology. The Neuropsychology Concentration is based on the APA Division 40 and Houston Conference Guidelines with the goal of providing students with training that will serve as a foundation for internship and post-doctoral neuropsychology training. Students who are selected for the Neuropsychology Concentration will earn a degree in Clinical Psychology, which appears on all transcripts and diplomas. Students in the Clinical Psychology Program apply to the Neuropsychology Concentration in the first year of study; acceptance into the Program does not guarantee acceptance into the Concentration.

Requirements

  • Additional required coursework
    • Introduction to Neuropsychology
    • Three electives which typically include: Clinical Neuroscience; Clinical Neuroanatomy, and Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Three, year-long practica, including two years at Neuropsychology focused sites
  • Approved dissertation on neuropsychology topic
  • Completion of internship

Neuropsychology curriculum

At least one full year of full time study on campus must be satisfied as a condition of graduation. The requirement can be satisfied in either of the following ways:

  • The successful completion with a minimum of twelve quarter hours of credit per term for three consecutive quarters, or
  • The successful completion of 40 quarter hours within one twelve-month period including the summer quarter.
  • Class size: 26
  • Female: 77%
  • Male: 23%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Average overall GPA: 3.63
  • Average overall GRE score: 56%
  • In-State: 47% (The remaining students come from California, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.)

The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002; phone: 202-336-5979; email: apaaccred@apa.org

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; phone: 800-621-7440.

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 web site.

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 web site.

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