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HAROLD ABEL SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

PSYD Doctor of Psychology Clinical Psychology specialization

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 145

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5942 or email an enrollment counselor. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor who is trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

45 quarter credits.

PSY8001
Orientation to Professional Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7110
History and Systems of Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7210
Lifespan Development (5 quarter credits)
PSY7320
Advanced Biological Psychology** (5 quarter credits)
PSY7421
Cognitive/Affective Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7520
Social Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7540
Multicultural Perspectives in Human Behavior (5 quarter credits)
PSY7624
Advanced Inferential Statistics for Professional Psychology** (5 quarter credits)
PSY7657
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for Professional Psychology** (5 quarter credits)

Four Elective Courses

20 quarter credits. Choose any graduate courses, excluding introductory and special topics courses, lectures, seminars, practica, internships and any Capella-designated first course.

Specialization Courses

80 quarter credits.

PSY8220
Advanced Psychopathology** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8230
Psychological Testing** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8240
Advanced Psychological Testing* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8310
Theories of Psychotherapy (5 quarter credits)
PSY8316
Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY8330
Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice (5 quarter credits)
PSY8371
Strategies of Clinical Supervision and Consultation (5 quarter credits)

In addition, choose a minimum of three doctoral practicum series courses:

PSY8951
Doctoral Practicum Series*
PSY8952
Doctoral Practicum Series*
PSY8953
Doctoral Practicum Series*
PSY8954
Doctoral Practicum Series*
PSY8955
Doctoral Practicum Series*
PSY8956
Doctoral Practicum Series*
PSY8957
Doctoral Practicum Series*
PSY8958
Doctoral Practicum Series*

In addition, choose a minimum of two clinical dissertation series courses:

PSY9911
Clinical Dissertation Series*
PSY9912
Clinical Dissertation Series*
PSY9913
Clinical Dissertation Series*
PSY9914
Clinical Dissertation Series*
PSY9915
Clinical Dissertation Series*
PSY9916
Clinical Dissertation Series*
PSY9917
Clinical Dissertation Series*
PSY9918
Clinical Dissertation Series*

In addition, choose a minimum of four doctoral internship series courses:

PSY8971
Doctoral Internship Series*
PSY8972
Doctoral Internship Series*
PSY8973
Doctoral Internship Series*
PSY8974
Doctoral Internship Series*
PSY8975
Doctoral Internship Series*
PSY8976
Doctoral Internship Series*
PSY8977
Doctoral Internship Series*
PSY8978
Doctoral Internship Series*

Additional Prerequisite Course

Learners who enroll in this specialization without the academic background needed to fulfill certain course requirements may be required to complete the following courses:

PSY6210
Introduction to Psychopathology
PSY7310
Biological Basis of Behavior
PSY7610
Tests and Measurements
PSY7620
Inferential Statistics
PSY7650
Research Methods

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

†Courses without a PSY designation may be worth fewer than five quarter credits. Learners must carefully plan their elective courses to ensure that total credit requirements for the degree are met. Special topics courses in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can be used as an option to complete the total required credits needed for graduation.

Check state licensure requirements. The license to practice as a professional psychologist or counselor is regulated independently in each state or province. Learners who intend to seek licensure or certification should check the program requirements in the state or province in which they hope to practice. This certificate is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

Iowa residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

**This course has a prerequisite that is not listed as a required course, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this specialization. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for additional course prerequisites.

Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete a Clinical Psychology year-in-residence (PSY-R8301, PSY-R8302, PSY-R8303, PSY-R8304, PSY-R8305, PSY-R8306, PSY-R8307, PSY-R8308, PSY-R8309, PSY-R8310, PSY-R8311, PSY-R8312, PSY-R8313, PSY-R8314, PSY-R8315, PSY-R8316)

Practicum/Internship Requirement

In the middle of your academic program, you'll complete a clinical experience, often referred to as practicum. Also, toward the end of your program, you will complete an internship. For both, you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you've learned in your coursework and residency experiences. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 1000 total practicum hours and 2000 pre-doctoral internship hours.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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