Psy.D. - Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD) program are prepared to be leaders in providing exceptional psycho-educational and mental health services to children, youth, and families.
This innovative applied professional psychology program is designed for working professionals and builds on the advanced training and experience of the certified school psychologist.
A specialty of the program is an emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which includes a three-course sequence taught by well-trained faculty in the area of CBT. The PsyD program draws on the unique strengths of being set in an osteopathic medical college. With a tremendous need today for school psychologists and physicians to collaborate on behalf of children, adolescents, and families, PCOM provides the unique opportunity to study and work with students from a variety of medical-related disciplines, with a common goal of addressing the needs of the whole child.
In addition to PsyD coursework, candidates complete a series of field experiences in advanced assessments, cognitive behavior therapy in schools, and brain-based interventions. Each PsyD student must satisfy a residency requirement within the first year. Practicum experiences are integrated into the curriculum in several areas and the internship provides an intensive, supervised work experience to develop, practice, and integrate new clinical skills. All can be completed while continuing to work in the field.
- PsyD program graduates will be prepared to serve children, youth and families in schools, hospitals, community health clinics, state psychiatric hospitals, private practice and a variety of other mental health settings.
- Graduates will be fully prepared to assume the role and responsibility of the school psychologist at an advanced level with specialized training in advanced assessment practices and application of cognitive-behavior therapy.
- Graduates are license-eligible and may sit for the EPPP Licensure Exam in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
PCOM is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104;
215-662-5606. The doctoral, educational specialist and M.S. programs in school psychology are
approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).