The College of Health Sciences' Clinical Psychology Program helps you to develop the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills for a successful career as a Clinical Psychologist. 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. 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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Degree

  • 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 Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data tab for information about how long it has taken our graduates to complete the Program.

Details about the Class of 2022 (matriculated in Fall 2018)

  • Class Size: 27
  • Female: 93%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.67
  • Average Overall GRE score: 54%
  • In-State: 52%

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 Opportunities

  • 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 Figures

Mean Salary (2015)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1, 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

$84,020

Sources:
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 Edition, Psychologists, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics4_622100.htm (accessed 9/15/15).

Program Description

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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 diagnostic, therapeutic, 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, training provides opportunities for professional interaction and collaboration with other health care professionals through various formal and informal activities such as research forums and community outreach and involvement activities.

Program Highlights

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 45 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 Multispeciality Clinic.   

Integrated Healthcare and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Learning how to integrate psychology services into healthcare care settings is just one skill students will develop as a student. 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 MultispecialtyClinic. 

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. Our current newsletter details student achievements, including scholarships, awards, and research presentations at local, national, and international conferences.

Accreditation

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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

Website: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx

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: 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.

Admission Requirements

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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 www.gre.org
  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

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 15th

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 January 31st. 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 15th will be considered on a rolling basis for seats that may be available or placement on the alternate list. 

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