the program accredited by the American Psychological
is APA accreditation of benefit to students?
this a full-time program?
is my academic program determined each semester?
my own course itinerary?
anyone assigned to talk to the students about the academic
and/or his/her particular needs?
I choose my practicum and internship sites?
students with previous graduate education accepted to the
I get credit for previous clinical training performed while
a Master’s degree program?
I need a Master’s degree to be admitted to the program?
I need a bachelor’s degree in Psychology to be accepted?
I visit the program and the School’s facilities?
there a minimum GPA for acceptance to the program?
new students accepted to begin in the spring semester?
the program accredited by the American Psychological
program was accredited within its first five years of
was granted its first accreditation for a three-year period
after which a re-accreditation process needs to occur for
accreditation to be maintained.
|How is APA accreditation of benefit to students?
|APA does a thorough evaluation of each program
requesting accreditation prior to granting such distinction.
Therefore, the curriculum, the policies and
procedures, the training model and the administrative
processes of APA accredited programs are consonant with
APA’s view of excellence in teaching and in preparing
Students who apply to APA accredited programs may
expect quality education and the availability of resources
to complete their training in a timely manner.
Student who successfully complete and approve an APA
accredited program qualify for admission in the best pre
doctoral internships and post doctoral fellowships in the
nation. Likewise, they will qualify for certain jobs that
require an academic background from accredited institutions.
|Is this a full-time program?
doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is a full-time program. Students
in attending classes, doing assigned readings, writing
papers and reports, as well as doing clinical practice
usually invest over 30 hours per week.
Some semesters include training in psychological
testing and assessment, a process that increases the amount
of time the student needs to commit to the program.
Therefore, students who engage in full time work
outside the program find it difficult to cope with the
demands of the program and the demands of their employment.
A work commitment that exceeds 10 to 15 hours per
week is usually too burdensome for anyone undergoing
doctoral training in Clinical Psychology.
|How is my academic program determined each semester?
Do I make my own course itinerary?
|The curriculum of PSM’s PsyD program is based
on a lock-step model, that offers courses in a logically
arranged sequential manner each semester.
Students take courses and go through clinical
experiences in a progressive manner and are therefore
provided a pre-arranged academic program for each semester.
However, the curriculum allows students to take
multiple elective courses during their fourth year.
Advance standing students, which are those entering
with a Master’s program from another institution, arrange
their academic program each semester according to the
courses transferred into our program.
|Is anyone assigned to talk to the students about the
academic program and/or his/her particular needs?
students are assigned to an Academic Advisor.
Each student should meet with his/her advisor at
least once per semester.
|Can I choose my practicum and internship sites?
|Student interests are taken into consideration
when assigned to a practicum site.
Most students are assigned to their first or second
student selects an internship program consonant with his/her
program operates an internship program in combination with
the Psychiatry Department of the School.
There are a few independent internship sites operated
by the psychiatric hospitals of the island and by various
agencies and community-based mental health programs.
There are many excellent internship sites in
to which our students apply.
|Are students with previous graduate education
accepted to the program?
Up to 24 credits may be transferred from another
closely related field of study and graduate programs.
|Can I get credit for previous
clinical training performed while pursuing a Master’s
Clinical experiences are not transferred from the Master’s
to the doctoral program.
|Do I need a Master’s degree to be admitted to the
You will be accepted with evidence that your BA or BS
will be completed by the summer of the year you plan to
begin in our program.
|Do I need a bachelor’s degree in Psychology to be
Your BA or a BS may be in any discipline.
However, the criteria for admission specifies a
number of core psychology courses which every student must
have taken prior to beginning in our program.
Students coming with a bachelor degree in Psychology
may find it easier to tackle some of the material presented
through our classes. However,
students being accepted with the minimum requirements in
Psychology and with a BA from another field, usually
overcome any limitations by the second or third year in the
|May I visit the program and the School’s
An Open House is scheduled during the month of March
through which prospective students get information about the
program and visit the School’s facilities and labs.
|Is there a minimum GPA for acceptance to the
|The minimum GPA is 2.7.
However, the average GPA of accepted students is over
3.25 with over 3.33 for undergraduate major.
|Are new students accepted to begin in the spring
Students are only accepted to begin in the fall semester.