Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Admissions
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Admissions
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Psy.D. Admissions Process Calendar 2012-2013
|Admissions Process Calendar 2012-2013|
|December 7, 2012||Preferred application deadline date|
January 23, 2013
Application deadline date (all materials must be in the office by this date)
January and February, 2013
|Applicants notified of interview|
|Early March, 2013||Applicant Interview Days|
|Mid to Late March, 2013||Applicants notified of admission|
|April 15||Deposit due to hold place in Fall 2013 class|
*If you are interested in both the Clinical Psy.D. program and the Masters in Counseling program please contact Piper Menke at email@example.com or 503-352-7226.
|2012 Entering Class Statistics|
|Approximate number of students matriculating||57|
|Number of students applying||240|
|Age range of incoming students||19-48|
|Average undergraduate GPA||3.5|
|Average graduate GPA (if applicable)||3.8|
|Average GRE Verbal (200-800 Scale)||523|
|Average GRE Verbal (130-170 Scale)||156|
|Average GRE Quantitative (200-800 Scale)||609|
|Average GRE Quantitative (130-170 Scale)||149|
|Average GRE Analytic Writing||4.3|
Doctoral Program: Requirements for Admission with a Bachelor's Degree
Satisfactory Completion of a Bachelor's Degree
A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.4 during the last two years of study is desirable.
General Graduate Record Examination
The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required to be taken within 5 years of application. All applicants, even those with a Master's degree, must submit GRE scores.
Desirable minimum scores are a total of 1100 for the verbal and quantitative portions of the general exam; Analytic Writing, at least 50th percentile. The school code for Pacific University is R4601; there is no department code.
The Psychology Subject Test is optional. Applicants may demonstrate their knowledge by submitting scores for the optional Psychology Subject test of the GRE. Note that this portion of the GRE is only administered by paper exam. It should be taken no later than November in order for results to be available by the application deadline.
Strong Undergraduate Background in Psychology
A psychology major is not required; however, a Behavioral Statistics course is a required pre-requisite. In addition, 3 of the 7 following courses are required as preparation for work at the graduate level.
- Introduction to Psychology
- Personality Theory
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Experimental Psychology
- Physiological Psychology
- Social Psychology
Prerequisite courses must be completed with an average of "B" or above before a student can matriculate into the program.
Professional Mental Health Experience
Applicants are encouraged to have experience in the mental health field.
Other Items to Submit
- Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
- GRE scores
- CV or Resume
- 3 letters of recommendation and Pacific's Letters of Evaluation
- Completed essay questions from the application packet
- Completed GPA calculations from the application packet
Clinical Psychology: Additional Admissions Information
The School seeks students with both academic aptitude and personal qualities that will enable them to develop personally and professionally into effective psychologists. The application deadline is January 8, 2013. A personal interview is required for all finalists who apply to the program.
Applicants are advised that Pacific University requires criminal background checks. This background check is required to determine students' qualification to provide services; it takes place after admission and deposit. A criminal record may disqualify a previously admitted student. In addition, drug screenings are required prior to the start of clinical practicum placements.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for those for whom English is not the native language. Minimum score for paper test is 600; computer test, 250, internet test 100.
If you attended a non-US or non-Canadian college, university, or graduate school, a course-by-course evaluation of your international college and university transcripts is required. Several third party organizations provide this service to international students, but we prefer WES (World Education Services). The credentials evaluation must be received in our Admissions office by the application deadline to ensure consideration of your application.
Doctoral Program Advanced Standing: Requirements for admission with a related Master's degree
Completion of Master's Degree
Completion of the application requirements listed above. All applicants, even those with a Master's degree, must submit GRE scores. Completion of a master's degree in psychology or a closely related field (which is roughly equivalent to receiving credit for one year of full-time study). Students admitted at advanced standing do not receive the M.S. degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University.
The M.S. degree or subsequent academic coursework must have included preparation at the graduate level equivalent to that provided by the following courses in the Pacific University Clinical Psychology Program
- Basic Clinical and Counseling Skills and Lab
- Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Lab
- Evidenced-based Practice Theories Seminar
The degree program or subsequent academic coursework must have prepared you to
- Identify precipitating events.
- Gather histories of mental, emotional and physical disabilities, alcohol and drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contracts.
- Assess family, social and work relationships.
- Conduct a mental status assessment.
- Document a multi-axial DSM diagnosis.
- Write and implement or supervise implementation of a treatment plan.
- Conduct and document a mental health assessment and provide mental health treatment and rehabilitative services within the scope of your training
To apply for Advanced Standing, please check the Advanced Standing box on the online application when you apply. In addition, for each of the prerequisite courses (listed above) for which you believe is an equivalent course, please submit a catalog description and syllabus for each course in your application. You will also need to submit information on clinical training hours and your thesis (if applicable).
Applicants with an approved master’s degree, but without such preparation, will be required to complete these courses at Pacific University during their first year of enrollment. Students exempted from taking Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Basic Clinical and Counseling Skills must take GPSY 740 Advanced Clinical Skills Review.
Subsequent to admission, students applying for advanced standing will receive a supplement to the letter of admission confirming their status and documenting any prerequisites still required.
Transfer of Credits
Post-baccalaureate work at the graduate level in psychology taken at an accredited university may be evaluated for transfer. An "A" grade must have been achieved and the course instructor and the Director of Academic Issues must determine that the content of the course (based on syllabus documentation) was appropriate through review of the Transfer of Credit Application. A maximum of 21 credits may be transferred from other schools provided these were earned after award of a bachelors degree from an accredited program and within the four years immediately preceding admission to the School. Practicum and internship credits are not transferable.