4 to 5 years, full time
Above average growth (15 percent) for clinical and counseling specialists, especially for those holding doctorates and those working in school settings
Median Salary (2009)
Source: 2009 Salaries in Psychology. Center for Workforce Studies, American Psychological Association. 2010, http://www.apa.org/workforce/index.aspx (accessed 2/14/13)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following are mean salaries for clinical and counseling psychologists employed in these settings, averaged across all years of experience:
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists
All other psychologists
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Psychologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm#tab-5 (accessed 2/13/2013).
How much does it cost?
The estimated tuition for 2012-2013 is $27,391 with fees at $552. Travel expenses, books and other expenses vary by student with a median cost for books of $2,020 and median travel expense of $7,793.
The clinical psychology program is an accelerated program designed to be completed within 3 years of academic work and one year of internship.
All students participate in the APPIC membership match. So far, the Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University has a 100% match rate.
The first students graduated in 2011. Attrition ranges from 0 to 15%.
The Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University prepares students for licensure. Licensure laws for psychologists vary from state to state. Out of our current graduating class of 11 students, we have been informed that two have taken and passed the licensure exam for their states and others are currently studying and preparing for it.
The first 5 students in the program graduated in August 2011, and 3 of these are licensed in Arizona. 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, http://www.asppb.org/, can provide useful information on this issue.
To be considered for admission within our competitive selection process applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
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.
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.
The overall goal is to prepare students for careers in the practice of professional psychology. There are five specific goals, defined as competencies, and an emphasis on training in Integrated Behavioral Health Care.
The MWU Clinical Psychology Program emphasizes a broad and general training in psychology. In addition, emphasis on psychological practice in integrated health care settings is provided. 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.
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: 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.