The College of Health Sciences' Clinical Psychology Program helps you to develop the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills for a successful career. Utilizing a practitioner-scholar model, our APA-Accredited Doctoral 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 via a dual master's and doctorate degree program. Your training as an ethical, patient-centered caregiver will help you build your career as a member of tomorrow's healthcare team.

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  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

General Requirements for Admission

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • 18 semester hours of prerequisite psychology course work
  • GRE general test scores

Length of Program

The program is a minimum of 4 years. Student can elect to complete the Program in 5 years, which includes an additional practicum experience. See Time to Completion table below for individual and aggregate data. 

Class of 2020 (matriculated in Fall 2016)

  • Class Size: 26
  • Female: 73%
  • Male: 27%
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.49
  • In-State: 46%

Practicum Placements

Practicum placements are located in urban and suburban settings in the Phoenix metro area. Students are occasionally provided opportunities in more rural parts of the state.  

  • Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health facilities
  • Social service agencies
  • Diagnostic centers
  • Clinics
  • Independent Practices (Forensic, Family, Geriatrics) 
  • Corrections/Detention Centers
  • School Districts
  • Department of Veteran Affairs

Practicum locations at which students are placed include: The Reuter Center for Neuropsychology and Integrative Counseling; Banner Sun Health; Arizona State Hospital; Arizona State Hospital; Desert Heights Academy; Southwest Neuropsychological services; Prescott VA; Forensic Counseling and Evaluations; Childhelp; STAR Academy, Avondale School District

Career Opportunities1

  • Private Practice
  • Outpatient mental health clinics
  • Outpatient substance abuse clinics
  • Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Centers
  • Schools and school systems
  • Social service agencies
  • Research and testing services
  • Management consulting firms
  • Corrections/Detention Center
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

US Employment Projections and Figures

Data from the APA Center for Workforce Studies suggest above average growth (15 percent) for clinical and counseling specialists, especially for those holding doctorates and those working in school settings1

Median Salary (2009)1

  • Overall: $87,015
  • 0-5 years of practice: $69,950
  • 6-9 years of practice: $75,889
  • 10-14 years of practice: $84,000
  • 15-19 years of practice: $84,250
  • 20-24 years of practice: $90,000
  • 25-29 years of practice: $94,000
  • 30+ years of practice: $98,250

Mean Salary (2015)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics2, the following is the mean salary for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists based on data from employers of all sizes, in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas:

Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists



12009 Salaries in Psychology. Center for Workforce Studies, American Psychological Association. 2010, (accessed 2/14/13)
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 Edition, Psychologists, (accessed 9/15/15).

Common Questions about the Program*

*The Clinical Psychology Program tabulates all data on an annual basis. The data below were updated in the Fall of 2016.

How much does the Program Cost?

Information regarding financial aid at Midwestern University can be found at:

How Long does the Program Take?

The Clinical Psychology Program is an accelerated program designed to be completed in 4 years (3 years of academic work and one year of internship). Students may elect to complete a 5-year Program, in which they take an additional year of advanced elective practicum. Most students complete the program within 4 years (see below). 

What About Transfer Credits?

In order to receive credit for coursework completed at other institutions prior to matriculation at Midwestern University, students must submit a Transfer of Credit Request Application. The transfer of credit has the following conditions:

  1. A maximum of 40 quarter hours of credit for coursework completed prior to matriculation may be considered according to CHS policy for advanced placement.
  2. Transferred course credit is limited to graduate level courses from recognized, regionally accredited degree granting institutions.
  3. Credit is not transferred for a clinical practicum or an internship.
  4. Credit may be awarded for required courses from other doctoral programs.
  5. Credit may only be awarded for courses in which grades of B- or better were attained.
  6. The Program may require a competency examination to determine satisfactory performance before awarding credit for a course.
  7. Credit can only be awarded for courses completed within the seven-year period prior to matriculation.
  8. Transfer of Credit Applications must be submitted by August 1st of the year in which the student was accepted into the Program. 

Will I Be Able to Match at an Internship?

All students participate in the APPIC membership match.  The Clinical Psychology Program has had a 100% match rate from 2009 to 2014, and 8 out of 9 (89%) students matched in the 14-15 year and 12 out of 13 (92%) matched in the 15-16 year.

What are Graduation and Attrition Rates?

Will I Become Licensed?

Licensure requirements and standards for professional practice vary from state to state, and prospective students are urged to examine the requirements of the specific state in which they plan to practice. Typically, most states require at least one year of post-doctoral training to be eligible to apply for licensure. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards,, can provide useful information on general rates of licensure. Below are the number and percentage of graduates who have become licensed from 2011 (our first graduating class) to 2013. From 2011 (the program's first graduating class) to 2014, 25 out of 28 (89%) program graduates have become licensed.

Admission Requirements


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

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. 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
  4. Graduate Records Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 4160.
    • Scores will be accepted from tests taken within the last 5 years
    • For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 866/473-4373 (toll-free) or visit
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  7. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  9. Commitment to abide by Midwestern University's Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
  10. Passage of Midwestern University's criminal background check.

Application Deadline

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration but no later than July 15th.

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Program Description


Program Philosophy

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 has the philosophy of educating and training 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.

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. has become the degree of choice for persons interested in becoming a high-level practitioner when pursuing a career in clinical psychology. The curriculum for the program does not follow any one theoretical perspective; rather, the emphasis is upon the development of the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills for the practice of clinical psychology.

Program Aims

The overall aim of the Program is to prepare students for careers in the practice of professional psychology in the following areas:

  1. Research and Evaluation/Foundations of Psychological Science: This competence includes the areas of research and evaluation, test construction, statistics, scholarship, and scientific mindedness. This competence rests on the assessor's foundation of knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes in the areas of tests and measurement, statistics, qualitative methods, and experimental design. This competence also encompasses knowledge of the history of scientific psychology and its clinical applications, including the areas of physiological psychology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, cognitive and affective bases of behavior, history and systems of psychology, and social psychology.
  2. Professionalism: This competence includes the areas of ethics, diversity (defined broadly), self-care, awareness, self-reflection, practice management, collegiality, professional problem solving, a commitment to lifelong learning, and critical thinking which underlies all subject matter and professional behavior.
  3. Diagnostics & Assessment: This competence rests on the foundation of knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes in the areas of human development and psychopathology. The Diagnostics and Assessment competence requires an ability to acquire and synthesize multiple sources of data into a comprehensive, cohesive and clearly articulated communication form.
  4. Intervention: This competence requires students to demonstrate an ability to intervene with clients from an articulated theoretical perspective. Intervention is broadly defined to include a variety of activities that promote or sustain well-being or provide remedial or preventative services. Intervention populations are broadly defined (e.g. individuals, groups, couples, families, communities). Students demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes congruent with evidence-based practice rationales and can articulate them.
  5. Relationship & Communication: This competence requires a demonstration of interpersonal skills and effective written and oral communication. Ability to consult and collaborate with others, interdisciplinary teams and members of agencies and organizations is considered part of relationship skills. Evidence of ability to teach/present and manage at a developmentally appropriate level is also included. Supervisory ability (including the ability to be supervised) is part of this competence.

The MWU Clinical Psychology Program emphasizes a broad and general training in psychology.  MWU views psychologists as generalists in healthcare. Because we are housed in a medical school and healthcare environment, students have the opportunity to interact with many healthcare professionals. As part of this interdisciplinary approach, training in other related psychological activities is available to interested students, including medical psychology, rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine.


The Midwestern University Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology Program is designed to educate and train students in the general practice of clinical psychology, serving a diverse population of persons in need of psychological services.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (2016-2017)


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The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  Accreditation information can be obtained from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE; Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202/336-5979; TDD/TTY: 202/336-6123. Website:

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.

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:

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 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:

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