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Clinical Psychology Specialization Doctor of Psychology

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation:

  • 145 for Master's Entry
  • 175 for Bachelor's Entry

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

Core Courses

27 Required Courses, 125 quarter credits

PSY8001 Orientation to Professional Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7113 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
PSY8501** Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Professional Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY8502** Advanced Research Design and Methodology 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:

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 5 quarter credits
PSY8952* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8953* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8954* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8955* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8956* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8957* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8958* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits

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

PSY9911* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9912* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9913* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9914* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9915* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9916* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9917* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9918* Clinical Dissertation Series 5 quarter credits

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

PSY8971* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8972* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8973* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8974* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8975* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8976* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8977* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8978* Doctoral Internship Series 5 quarter credits

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 5 quarter credits
PSY7310 Biological Basis of Behavior 5 quarter credits
PSY7610 Tests and Measurements 5 quarter credits
PSY7620 Inferential Statistics 5 quarter credits
PSY7650 Research Methods 5 quarter credits

** 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. See course descriptions for additional course prerequisites.

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.

This specialization is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu).

Iowa residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Core Courses

31 Required Courses, 155 quarter credits

PSY8001 Orientation to Professional Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY6095 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 5 quarter credits
PSY6210 Introduction to Psychopathology 5 quarter credits
PSY7113 History and Systems of Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY7210 Lifespan Development 5 quarter credits
PSY7310 Biological Basis of Behavior 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
PSY7610 Tests and Measurements 5 quarter credits
PSY7860 Survey of Research Methods 5 quarter credits
PSY7864 Quantitative Design and Analysis 5 quarter credits
PSY8330 Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice 5 quarter credits
PSY8501* Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Professional Psychology 5 quarter credits
PSY8502* Advanced Research Design and Methodology for Professional Psychology 5 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

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
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 5 quarter credits
PSY8952* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8953* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8954* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8955* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8956* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8957* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8958* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits

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

PSY9911* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9912* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9913* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9914* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9915* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9916* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9917* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY9918* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits

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

PSY8971* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8972* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8973* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8974* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8975* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8976* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8977* Doctoral Practicum Series 5 quarter credits
PSY8978* Doctoral Practicum Series 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.

*Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s).

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.

This specialization is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu).

Iowa residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Degree Requirement(s):

• Learners start the PsyD program on an annual basis by registering for PSY8001 in the fall. This course must be completed before registering for other courses.

• Learners may transfer a maximum of 15 quarter credits (three courses) toward a PsyD.

• Learners must complete three academic years of full-time enrollment (at least nine quarters during which learners are registered for 10 or more quarter credits of coursework, exclusive of internship and dissertation courses).

• Learners must complete a minimum of 15 quarter credits at Capella University prior to beginning the year-in-residence.

• Learners must maintain full-time enrollment status during the year-in-residence (i.e., learners must complete a minimum of 40 quarter credits during the five quarters of the year-in-residence).

• Learners must register for PSY7113, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8310, PSY8316, PSY8330, and PSY8371 during the year-in-residence, in the quarter specified. Learners should refer to the Clinical PsyD Learner Manual for general sequencing guidelines.

• Learners must demonstrate readiness for clinical training by completing all coursework and residencies and passing the practicum readiness evaluation.

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)

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 15 credits into this specialization.

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