An elective certificate program is offered to PhD students at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and to other appropriately credentialed psychologists who wish to develop a proficiency in neuropsychological assessment. According to guidelines adopted by the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) of the American Psychological Association (APA), the basic education and training of a clinical neuropsychologist involves:
* Successful completion of a doctoral level degree in psychology from a regionally accredited program
* Successful completion of systematic didactic education (course work in neuropsychology and neuroscience)
* Supervised experiential training (practica, internships) in clinical neuropsychology
* Two or more years of supervised training (usually post-doctoral) applying neuropsychological services in a clinical setting
The courses offered in the Certificate Program in Neuropsychological Assessment and the courses required as prerequisites to the Certificate Program in Neuropsychological Assessment fulfill the didactic education criteria listed above as approved by Division 40. However, successful completion of the Certificate Program in Neuropsychological Assessment at PGSP is only one component in the education and supervised clinical training necessary to become a clinical neuropsychologist.
Palo Alto University (PAU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium are accredited by the American Psychological Association.