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Admissions Process Calendar 2020-2021

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Application Deadline

Preferred Deadline: December 3rd, 2020 

Final Deadline: December 17th, 2020 

Interview Notification 

January/February, 2021

Interview Days

Mid February, 2021

Admission Notifications

 March, 2021

Deposits Due

April 15, 2021 (Deposit due to hold place in Fall 2021 class)

International Students

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.

Or, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test can be taken. An overall score of 7.0 is required with minimum sub scores per section also being 7.0.

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.

 

Applying with a Master’s Degree and Transfer of Credits

Some applicants to the clinical psychology PhD program may have completed a master’s degree at another institution. If the master’s degree program did not require an empirical thesis, students must complete a thesis in our program (and, as result, a second master’s degree). If a student’s prior degree was in a psychology program and included an empirical thesis that is approved by the PhD program faculty, the clinical program also accepts the student’s previously earned master’s degree and, as such, the student is not required to complete another master’s degree in our program. Also, the student may be permitted, upon clinical PhD program faculty approval, to complete the in-residence program requirements in three years (as opposed to the required four years in residence for all other students).

A maximum of 15 semester hours of non-thesis graduate credit can be transferred toward the MS. If the student completed an empirical Master's Thesis that was accepted by the PhD faculty, the student may also transfer up to 12 thesis credits. If a student has earned a master’s degree prior to enrolling in the Pacific University clinical psychology PhD program and is required to complete a second master’s degree in our program (see above), 15 credits may be applied to the MS program of study. These credits must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution, the student must have received no less than an A grade, and must have been taken within four years immediately preceding admission to the PhD program.

 

Accreditation

The PhD program has been Accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation (see the APA Accreditation website for further details). Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/about/coa/
202-336-5979 | apaaccred@apa.org 
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

 

Department of Education disclosure

For more information on licensing requirements, including contact information for every state and territory licensing board, please see the Association of State Boards of Professional Psychology (ASBPP) webpage [link]. All states require the completion of supervised predoctoral practicum hours and a predoctoral internship. Pacific University’s Ph.D. in clinical psychology meets these universal requirements of predoctoral practicum and internship. In addition to education requirements for the doctoral degree, however, many jurisdictions require post-doctoral professional experience. As these requirements can only be met post-degree, they are beyond the program’s curricular requirements.

 

Pacific University’s clinical psychology PhD program does NOT fulfill requirements for licensure as a prescribing psychologist in those states and jurisdictions that allow for it. Typically, additional coursework in pharmacology is needed in addition to the doctoral degree. Please see the ASBPP website for information about other U.S. territories and Canadian provinces.

 

The following Table provides information as to how Pacific’s clinical psychology PhD program matches with each state’s licensure requirements, according to their websites (links provided). Based on our interpretation, we believe the Pacific PhD Program matches favorably with all but four states (California, Kentucky, New Jersey, and New York). In all four cases, state licensure requires additional didactic training that can either be taken during the program or via continuing education post-degree. We are unable to determine licensure with regard to three territories (American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico), but believe our program corresponds favorably with the other two territories. If you anticipate seeking licensure in any of these states, we encourage you to reach out to the Program Director to examine further the state’s requirements. An asterisk (*) indicates that earning a doctoral degree from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) satisfies educational requirements for licensure. The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Pacific University is currently and has been continuously accredited on-contingency by APA since 2018.

 

 

PU PhD Program Satisfies Curricular Requirements?

 

 

State

 

Yes

 

No

Unable to Determine

 

State Professional Association or License Authority and Notes

  1. Alabama

X*

 

 

http://www.psychology.alabama.gov/default.aspx

  1. Alaska

X*

 

 

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofPsychologists.aspx

  1. Arizona

X*

 

 

https://psychboard.az.gov/

  1. Arkansas

X*

 

 

https://psychologyboard.arkansas.gov/

  1. California

 

X

 

https://www.psychology.ca.gov/

Although a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program like Pacific University is needed, additional coursework or experience, potentially beyond what is offered at Pacific University in the following areas are also required: (a) human sexuality (10 contact hours); (b) course in alcoholism/chemical dependency detection and tx (1 semester/quarter); (c) child abuse assessment (7 hours); (d) spousal/partner abuse, detection and intervention strategies (15 contact hours); (e) aging and long-term care (10 contact hours). These additional didactics may be taken post-degree via continuing education

  1. Colorado

X*

 

 

https://dpo.colorado.gov/Psychology

  1. Connecticut

X*

 

 

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Hearing-Office/Board-of-Examiners-of-Psychologists/Board-of-Examiners-of-Psychologists

  1. District of Columbia

X*

 

 

https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/psychology-licensing

 

  1. Delaware

X*

 

 

https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/psychology/

  1. Florida

X*

 

 

https://floridaspsychology.gov/

  1. Georgia

X

 

 

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/44

  1. Hawaii

X*

 

 

http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/psychology/

  1. Idaho

X*

 

 

https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=PSY

  1. Illinois

X*

 

 

https://www.idfpr.com/profs/psych.asp

  1. Indiana

X*

 

 

https://www.in.gov/pla/psych.htm

  1. Iowa

X*

 

 

https://www.idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Psychology

  1. Kansas

X*

 

 

https://ksbsrb.ks.gov/

  1. Kentucky

X

 

 

http://psy.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Kentucky requires e semester (or 5 quarter) hours of: (a) biological, (b) cognitive-affective, (c) social, and (d) individual differences. We interpret the PhD curriculum to covers the biological requirement via a psychopharmacology course, and to cover individual differences via our 2-course (6 credit) lifespan development sequence. Our curriculum does not require separate 3 credit courses in cognitive or social bases of behavior; however, those courses are offered at Pacific University. Students who think they might seek Kentucky licensure should consult with the PhD Program Director to incorporate these additional courses into their program of study.

  1. Louisiana

X*

 

 

http://www.lsbep.org/

  1. Maine

X*

 

 

https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/psychologists/

  1. Maryland

X*

 

 

https://health.maryland.gov/psych/Pages/Home.aspx

  1. Massachusetts

X*

 

 

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-psychologists

  1. Michigan

 

X

 

https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27552---,00.html

Although a doctoral degree from an accredited program Pacific University is needed, additional pre-licensure training in identifying victims of human trafficking that meets standards of Administrative Rule 338.2525 (as of 4/1/22) is required

  1. Minnesota

X*

 

 

http://www.psychologyboard.state.mn.us/

  1. Mississippi

X*

 

 

https://www.psychologyboard.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

  1. Missouri

X*

 

 

https://pr.mo.gov/psychologists.asp

  1. Montana

X*

 

 

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/psy

  1. Nebraska

X*

 

 

http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Psychology.aspx

  1. Nevada

X*

 

 

http://psyexam.nv.gov/

  1. New Hampshire

X*

 

 

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/psychologists/

  1. New Jersey

 

X

 

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/psy/

NJ requires 6 doctoral credit hours in the following domains: 1) Personality Theory and Human Development Theory; 2) Learning Theory and/or Physiological Psychology; 3) Psychological Measurement and Psychological Assessment; and 4) Research and Statistical Design. Pacific University’s PhD program graduates will need additional courses in personality theory, learning theory, and physiological psychology to be license-eligible for New Jersey.

  1. New Mexico

X*

 

 

http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Psychologist_Examiners.aspx

  1. New York

 

X

 

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/psych/

NY requires at least 3 semester hours in each of following content areas: (a) biological bases of behavior; (b) cognitive-affective bases of behavior; (c) social bases of behavior; (d) individual differences; (e) psychometrics; (f) history and systems of psych; and (g) research design, methodology, and statistics. Pacific University curriculum satisfies biological bases (Psychopharmacology), individual differences (our life-span Discipline-specific sequence), history and systems, and the research design, methodology, and statistics. Our curriculum does not require a separate 3 credit course in cognitive or social bases of behavior; however, those courses are offered at Pacific University. Students who think they might seek New York licensure should consult with the PhD Program Director to incorporate these additional courses into their program of study.

  1. North Carolina

X*

 

 

http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/

  1. North Dakota

X*

 

 

http://ndsbpe.org/index.html

  1. Ohio

X*

 

 

https://psychology.ohio.gov/

  1. Oklahoma

X*

 

 

https://www.ok.gov/psychology/

  1. Oregon

X*

 

 

https://www.oregon.gov/psychology/pages/index.aspx

  1. Pennsylvania

X*

 

 

https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Psychology/Pages/default.aspx#.VgG6GN9VhBc

  1. Rhode Island

X*

 

 

https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=241

  1. South Carolina

X*

 

 

https://llr.sc.gov/psych/

  1. South Dakota

X*

 

 

https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/psych/psych.aspx

  1. Tennessee

X*

 

 

https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/psychology-board/psych-board/about.html

  1. Texas

X

 

 

http://www.tsbep.texas.gov/index.php

  1. Utah

X*

 

 

https://dopl.utah.gov/psych/index.html

  1. Vermont

X*

 

 

https://sos.vermont.gov/

  1. Virginia

X*

 

 

http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/psychology/

  1. Washington

X*

 

 

https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Psychologist.aspx

  1. West Virginia

X

 

 

https://psychbd.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

  1. Wisconsin

X

 

 

https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Professions/Psychologist/Default.aspx

  1. Wyoming

X*

 

 

https://psychology.wyo.gov/

  1. American Samoa

 

 

X

https://www.americansamoa.gov/

  1. Guam

 

 

X

http://dphss.guam.gov/guam-board-of-allied-health-examiners/

  1. Northern Mariana Islands

X

 

 

http://cnmibpl-hcplb.net/

  1. Puerto Rico

 

 

X

http://www.salud.gov.pr/Dept-de-Salud/Pages/Unidades-Operacionales/Secretaria-Auxiliar-de-Reglamentacion-Acreditacion-de-Facilidades-de-Salud.aspx#conveniencia

  1. US Virgin Islands

X

 

 

http://usvipsychologyboard.com/    

 

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