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Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

Link to American Psychological Association[1]

Programs Description

The Clinical Psychology Doctorate (Psy.D.) aims to provide quality psychological education to bilingual students (English-Spanish) with emphasis on Clinical Professional Psychology and to promote the highest academic and moral standards of the psychological profession while emphasizing educational and social needs of patients and the community. Classes are offered in the late afternoon and some Saturdays.

Admission Requirements

Every candidate for admission to the program needs to satisfy the following minimal requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a college or university that is approved by the Council on Higher Education and/or by pertinent accrediting agencies.
  2. At least 15 credits in Psychology at the bachelor’s level including de following courses:
General Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Statistics 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Experimental Psychology  
or Scientific Research 3

  1. Submit an official transcript of all college level work completed and of all graduate courses taken.
  2. A minimal GPA of 2.70
  3. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or EXADEP
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors and or professionals familiar with the performance of the candidate in academic and/or work settings.
  5. Certificate of good conduct from the Police Department
  6. Submit a $100 non-refundable application-processing fee ( US currency).

Upon acceptance, all students are required to have a physical examination certificate, all the immunization shots, including Hepatitis B and submit four (4) photographs 2x2.

Applications from persons with master’s degrees in Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work, Counseling or other mental health related fields are accepted.  Up to 24 credits may be transferred from other graduate programs or from a Master’s degree.  The following requirements will guide the evaluation process of those courses submitted for approval:

  1. Courses need to be relevant to the field of Clinical Psychology
  2. The student approved the course with at least a B grade.
  3. The student can demonstrate in an objective manner or through formal written and/or oral examination that he/she has the skills expected of such courses.


It is the responsibility of the student to facilitate the official catalog of the institution in which the course (s), requested to be transferred, was/were taken.

There are a number of courses and practicum that are not substituted with courses (or Practicum) transferred from other institutions, unless the student demonstrates specific competencies in such areas.  However, many of the elective courses may be waived based upon the number of credits transferred.  This will allow students who enter with a Master’s degree to finish the academic portion of the program faster, allowing them more time to work on their Dissertation or Case Study and with the internship requirements.


Selection Criteria
In evaluating the applicants, emphasis is placed upon integrity, character, academic achievements, motivation, emotional stability, GRE or EXADEP scores, interview reports, letters of recommendation and other information provided by the applicant.

How to Apply

Applications for admission for the fall term (August) are due by April 30 of the academic year. A non-refundable application fee of $100 (US) is required for application processing.

The Application for Admission to the Psy D. Program can be downloaded or obtained personally at our Admissions Office.  Interested students may also request the application by writing to:

Ponce School of Medicine
Admissions Office
Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program
P. O. Box 7004
Ponce PR   00732

[1] ] The Clinical Psychology program of PSM was granted accreditation by the American Psychological Association in the Spring of 2004, five years after accepting its initial group of students. The reaccreditation site visit is expected for the Spring of 2007. The program adheres to all quality standards of the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association as published in the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology. Additional information about the programīs accreditation status may be obtained from the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202-336-5979 TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123. Fax: 202-336-5978        Top

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