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Clinical Psychology Specialization Doctor of Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Lead the Way With Compassion

To practice in the field of clinical psychology, consider a degree that will deepen your knowledge of human behavior. The online PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Capella University is designed do just that. As you earn your doctorate, this program will help prepare you to pursue state licensure eligibility as a clinical psychologist. You’ll dive into the study of mental disorders, psychotherapy, and clinical training. Because Capella is accredited and our program is flexible, supported, and professionally aligned, you can feel confident that your education will help set you up for success in the field.

At a Glance

  • Online & In-Person
  • Residency
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Practicum / Internship
  • 9 Core Courses
  • 7 Specialization Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses
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Classes Start April 8th

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Clinical Psychology Program Highlights

Prepare to Pursue Licensure

Your program offers a licensure team to help support you and offer expertise during your licensure process.

State Approved, Expertly Designed

Professionally aligned curriculum is designed around APA guidelines to prepare graduates for eligibility to apply for clinical psychologist licensure in many states.

Support From an Experienced Team

A unique support team surrounds you: licensure experts, advisors, teaching assistants—to keep you on the path of success to graduation.

Blend of In-Person and Online Experiences

A mix of coursework, face-to-face residencies, clinical practicum, internships, and research, complements online learning to help prepare you for real-world clinical settings.

Professional and Credible

Our program is designed around the core goals, objectives, and competencies that define the practice of professional psychology.

Engaging Online Learning

Access your online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Meet Our PsyD Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.

Bethany Lohr, PhD

Faculty Chair, Clinical Psychology

Ja'net Seward, PsyD

Core Faculty

Marilyn Marks-Frey, PhD

Core Faculty

Get the Support You Need for Success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. Here are some of the people you’ll work with:

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They're here to help find a program fit and set up for success.

Doctoral Advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That's why you'll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Career Center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$530 per credit, 145 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & Association Discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

10% Military Discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Accredited & Recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Clinical Psychology Sample Courses

Capella's PsyD in Clinical Psychology combines online coursework with face-to-face residencies, comprehensive clinical training and examinations, in-person fieldwork, and a dissertation.

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree. 

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

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PSY8220 *
Advanced Psychopathology

In this course, learners examine theory and research associated with major psychological disorders, from the most common diagnostic concerns to dual diagnoses, comorbidity, and psycho-medical issues. Learners examine the concepts of psychopathology throughout the lifespan, then transition from studying DSM-5 concepts and terminology to evaluating clinical assessment and treatment situations. In particular, learners familiarize themselves with ways to apply theoretical concepts in a professional clinical setting while displaying sensitivity to ethical and diversity issues. Other course topics include the issues of “empirically validated” versus “evidence based” practice, the interaction of social and biological factors in etiology and treatment, and the interaction between complex Axis I and II disorders. For PsyD, MS Clinical Psychology, and MS Counseling Psychology learners only. There is a residency requirement associated with this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners. Prerequisite(s): PSY6210. Learners in the PsyD in School Psychology degree program are exempt from this prerequisite.

5 quarter credits
PSY8240 *
Advanced Psychological Testing

Learners in this course build upon competencies in assessing intelligence, achievement, and adaptive functioning, and integrate these with assessments of personality and psychopathology. Learners apply theories of personality and models of psychopathology assessment, and focus on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the MMPI2. Learners further deepen and broaden their skills in interpreting the WAIS-IV and in selecting appropriate assessments to create integrated reports. Learners synthesize information gathered from clinical interviews with assessments of intelligence, achievement, and psychopathology to formulate diagnoses and treatment plans. Throughout the course, learners examine complex issues of diversity and ethics in psychological testing and personality assessment. Test kits are required and are available for loan at psytestkits@capella. edu. There is a residency requirement associated with this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners. Prerequisite(s): PSY7610, PSY8230. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8310
Theories of Psychotherapy

Learners in this course critically analyze the clinical techniques and intervention methods associated with major psychotherapy approaches. Learners examine the historical context, underlying assumptions, and appropriate applications of each approach and investigate current research associated with the therapeutic effectiveness of psychotherapy. Learners also synthesize course concepts to create an integrated model of psychotherapy and explore legal considerations, empirical support, and personal beliefs and attitudes regarding issues of diversity. For PsyD and PhD in Psychology learners only. There is a residency requirement associated with this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.

5 quarter credits
PSY8316
Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

In this course, learners examine historical issues and controversies surrounding the development of evidence-based practice in psychology. Learners locate and critically evaluate research defining evidence-based practices, including review of best available research, clinical expertise, and patient preferences and values to identify and adopt effective psychological treatments and are introduced to various research designs and methods in psychotherapy research. Learners then explore the ways in which these strategies are incorporated in case conceptualization, treatment planning, and ongoing assessment. Learners also study ethical, legal, and financial issues associated with evidence-based practice. Other course topics include diversity, special populations, and culturally sensitive psychotherapies. There is a residency requirement associated with this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.

5 quarter credits
PSY8371
Strategies of Clinical Supervision and Consultation

This course provides an overview of the theories, functions, and methods of clinical supervision, consultation, and advocacy. In particular, learners examine various styles of supervision, consultation, and advocacy; supervisory, consultative, and advocacy relationships; contractual issues; and ethical and legal issues associated with providing these services. Learners also review supervision, consultation, and advocacy research; apply their findings to relevant service delivery topics; and develop their own theories and approaches to clinical supervision. For PsyD Clinical Psychology and PsyD School Psychology learners only. There is a residency requirement associated with this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.

5 quarter credits

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that help you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.

Residency

Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Practicum / Internship

Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct client contact and supervision. 

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

What You’ll Learn

In our PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization, you’ll gain additional knowledge and training to provide clinical services in psychotherapy. You’ll learn to: 

  • Accurately administer psychological testing.
  • Act consistently with professional ethics.
  • Apply intervention strategies.

  • Consider issues of diversity.
  • Implement empirically supported treatment.

Explore a Path in Clinical Psychology

The Difference Between a PsyD and PhD in Psychology

Need help deciding between a PsyD and PhD? Learn the differences between these doctoral degree programs.

Clinical Psychology Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology specialization

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Clinical manager
  • Adjunct instructor or part-time psychology faculty
  • Full-time psychology faculty
  • Clinical director
  • Research psychologist
  • Clinical therapist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital—inpatient or outpatient
  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community counseling center
  • Social service agency
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care clinic
  • Mental health clinic
  • Consulting firm
  • Private practice

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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