Become a Doctor of Psychology
To be the one person who can reach that single soul. To be the rock of support for the group. Or to be an agent of change for all of society. However you choose to practice, your role as a psychologist makes a lasting impact. Your path to practice starts with the American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Doctor of Psychology PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program at Alliant International University.
It starts with an education best described by our mantra: breadth and depth. The breadth of topics covered, including statistical analysis, cultural systems, theory and assessment of personalities, and cultural and integrative psychology is vast. The depth of understanding gained through extensive fieldwork, internships, research projects, and dissertation is profound. The wide array of emphasis options, from family to forensic psychology, is unique.
Following a practitioner model, you engage the community through agency placements. You develop the multicultural skills needed to provide quality clinical psychological services to a diverse population. You will both help patients and keep the system working for them.
All of this so you are prepared to go out and improve the world by leading and serving, because we believe that advanced degrees and expertise are meaningless unless they are used as an instrument for creating a lasting impact and advancing the greater good.
A Breadth of Hands-On Training
You’ll find our mantra lives in every aspect of the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program and the experiential nature of this doctoral degree. At minimum, 1,500 hours of supervised internship are required by this program and the California Board of Psychology.
From evidence-based treatment modalities to theoretical orientations, your training will arm you with a breadth of experience. You’ll be exposed to various treatment settings as well as diverse patient populations. New yearly placements are encouraged so that you are equipped for an even wider array of experiences.
And you have options for how to get it all done.
- Full-time Internship: APA-accredited or APPIC-member internships, many of which offer stipends, are part of the full-time placement options. Additional options include CAPIC-accredited internships offered as either full or part-time.
- Part-time Internship: While we recommend students apply for the full-time APA or APPIC internships, other part-time internship options are accepted with approval by the program.
Critical Core Competencies
Every endeavor in life demands that you master a set of skills. Skills that are essential to successful continuity. Our Clinical Psychology Program is much the same, requiring knowledge, understanding, and experience in the following areas:
- Multimodal Intervention
- Research and Evaluation
- Quality Assurance
These areas of expertise are required of graduates because they are also requirements for success in the field. Each of these topics is covered throughout the 5-year program, ensuring you not only learn them, but learn how you can apply them.
Clinical Psychology PsyD Emphasis Options
In addition to the core curriculum, PsyD students may specialize in an emphasis area of their choice.