Professional Readiness

Practice and Scholarship

Graduates of the Pacific University School of Professional Psychology are highly skilled practitioners--ready to provide assessment, consultation, education and treatment services to individuals, groups and systems. Whether your interests lie in designing programs to prevent or treat mental illness; assessing patient function; providing clinical intervention for psychological disturbances; or providing treatment to individuals, families or groups, you will become highly skilled in evidence-based practices (EBP) and be able to meet the needs of people and communities

The School of Professional Psychology's integrated, comprehensive program delivers a strong professional education complemented by an extensive range of practical opportunities. Counseling Psychology MA degree candidates can choose from numerous internship opportunities and can add tracks to fit personal interests. Clinical Psychology PsyD (the practitioner-scholar model) candidates gain practical experience, professional support and the ability to tailor the program to their needs while maintaining a high level of scholarship. For Clinical Psychology PhD candidates (the scientist-practitioner model) research training is an integral part of the education. In addition to the master’s project and dissertation, Ph.D. clinical students are expected to be involved in research activity under the direction of a faculty member during each semester in residence. Most PhD candidates present their research at scientific meetings and publish their research. These research endeavors are an important part of graduate training and professional development. All programs focus on employing research to inform clinical work and serving diverse populations.


Clinical Strength

The School of Professional Psychology maintains two in-house psychology training clinics, which provide supervised clinical experiences for doctoral practicum students while offering a wide range of psychological services to the community. The School also has partnerships with more than 45 practicum sites, including St. Mary's Home for Boys, Juvenile and County Correction Centers, Oregon State Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University and LifeWorks Northwest.


Practicum and Internship Flexibility

Doctoral and master's students complete an internship during their last year of the program. Doctoral students complete practicums throughout their second and third years in the program, with the option of a fourth-year field placement. Training helps integrate scientific knowledge with clinical application, and you will gain supervision experience with a range of client populations in a variety of clinical settings. In addition, there are dozens of practicum and internship sites where you can further develop your interests.

The School offers its own American Psychological Association-accredited internship program for doctoral internship training. We successfully place interns at approved sites across the country that match their interests, including hospitals, academic counseling centers, Veterans Administration facilities, community mental health centers and military internships that prepare you for entering with the rank of captain after graduation. During your internship, you will learn under clinical supervision and be prepared to practice, teach or conduct research upon graduation.


Interprofessional Learning

The School of Professional Psychology, housed in the College of Health Professions in Hillsboro, Oregon, is proud to be one of nine health programs within Pacific University's College of Health Professions. This dynamic College provides a consortium of graduate and professional health students, creating a unique interdisciplinary environment.

Students at Pacific are engaged in interdisciplinary study in the first semester while enrolled in Interprofessional Competence: Theory & Practice, a course designed to bring students from all programs together to gain interprofessional knowledge and awareness in a team-based setting. Course topics include team building, diversity and leadership.

The College of Health Professions hosts six annual interprofessional Case Conferences in which faculty and community health professionals present case studies on current healthcare issues. By integrating these conferences throughout the year, we give students a forum for interaction and dialogue on topics that directly affect their areas of study while learning about the perspectives of other future healthcare providers. Students also have the opportunity to engage in the practices of other university programs by using on-campus clinic services for their individual healthcare needs.

Interested in learning medical Spanish? The College of Health Professions also offers an optional medical Spanish course for all health students--yet another opportunity to develop your skills while gaining interprofessional knowledge. For additional information about this program, visit the Healthcare Spanish Program information pages. In addition to on-campus involvement, you can apply your Spanish across borders. Students in the Latino Bilingual track or with fluency in Spanish can travel to various parts of Mexico for a summer immersion course to further develop their skills.



Clinical (PsyD): Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC  20002-4242, Tel: (202) 336-5979 Email:

Counseling (MA): Oregon Board of Counselors and Therapists--meeting educational standards for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor

Predoctoral Internship Program: Commission on Accreditation for the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC  20002-4242

Clinical (PhD): The first cohort of students will begin the program in Fall 2013. In accordance with APA policy, the program is not eligible to apply for accreditation until a sufficient number of students has matriculated at each level of the program,  including candidacy status (see the APA Commission on Accreditation website for further details: As soon as the program reaches eligibility to initiate the accreditation process, the program faculty will initiate an application to the American Psychological Association. Pacific University and the Ph.D. Program are regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).