PhD in Clinical Psychology Curriculum, Fresno

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Curriculum Plan


Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.

Courses are 3 units unless indicated otherwise.

Academic Year 1

Semester 1

  • PSY6501 – Intellectual Assessment (3 units)
  • PSY6055 – Data Analysis, Research Design & Program Evaluation I (3 units)
  • PSY6060 – Introduction to Multiple Research Methods (2 units)
  • PSY6530A – Introduction to Ethical Practice and Law (1 unit)
  • PSY6507 – Basic Foundations of Clinical Practice (3 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY6505 – Personality Assessment: (3 units)
  • PSY6056 – Data Analysis, Research Design & Program Evaluation II (3 units)
  • PSY6508 – Basic Foundations of Clinical Practice (3 units)
  • PSY6127 – Foundations of Individual and Cultural Diversity (2 units)
  • PSY6034 – Research Practicum (1-2 units)

Semester 3

  • PSY6506 – Personality Assessment: (3 units)

Additional Course

  • Elective (2 units)

Academic Year 2

Semester 1

  • PSY7510 – Teaching Methods (3 units)
  • PSY6035 – Research Practicum (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY7127A – Diversity Competency Training (0.5 units)
  • PSY7571 – Second Year Clinical Practicum (2 units)
  • PSY7906A – PhD Proposal Development (0.5 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY7906B – PhD Proposal Development (0.5 units)
  • PSY6036 – Research Practicum (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY7127B – Diversity Competency Training (0.5 units)
  • PSY7572 – Second Year Clinical Practicum (2 units)

Additional Courses

  • PSY6112 – Social Basis of Behavior (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY7156 – Psychopharmacology (1 to 3 units)
  • Elective (2 units)
  • 1 of the Core Theory Courses (3 units)
  • 2 of the Core Therapy Courses (4 total units)
  • 1 of the Advanced Research Methods Courses (2 units)

Academic Year 3 

Semester 1

  • PSY6037 – Research Practicum (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY8127 – Clinical Interventions with Diverse Populations (1 to 2 units)
  • PSY8577 – Third Year Clinical Practicum (2 units)
  • PSY9925 – Ph.D. Doctoral Dissertation (1 to 7 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY7566 – Ethical Foundations of Clinical Practice (2 units)
  • PSY8578 – Third Year Clinical Practicum (2 units)
  • PSY9925 – Ph.D. Doctoral Dissertation (1 to 7 units)

Additional Courses

  • Elective (5 units)
  • 1 of the Core Theory Courses (3 units)
  • 1 of the Core Therapy Courses (2 units)
  • 1 of the Advanced Research Methods Courses (2 units)
  • 1 of the Teaching Methods Courses(2 units)

Academic Year 4

Semester 1

  • PSY8509 – Supervision Seminar (1 to 3 units)
  • PSY9503A – Supplemental Clinical Practicum (1 unit)
  • PSY9925 – Ph.D. Doctoral Dissertation (1 to 7 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY8510 – Supervision Seminar (1 to 3 units)
  • PSY8645 – Grant Writing (2 units)
  • PSY9503B – Supplemental Clinical Practicum (1 unit)
  • PSY9925 – Ph.D. Doctoral Dissertation (1 to 7 units)

Additional Courses

  • PSY8475 – Teaching Practicum and Supervision (3 units)
  • PSY8568 – Education, Consultation and Advocacy (2 units) or PSY8642 – Community Consultation (2 units)
  • 2 of the Core Theory Courses* (3 units)
  • 1 of the Core Therapy Courses** (2 units)
  • Elective (4 units)

Academic Year 5

Semester 1

  • PSY9531 – Full-Time Pre Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)
  • PSY9925 – Ph.D. Doctoral Dissertation (1 to 7 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY9532 – Full-Time Pre Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)
  • PSY9925 – Ph.D. Doctoral Dissertation (1 to 7 units)

Semester 3

  • PSY9533 – Full-Time Pre Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (8 units)
  • Online Coursework

Online Coursework

Some of the coursework may be taken as CSPP-approved distance learning (online) classes. These include foundational science/theory courses, one ethics course, and certain electives. Students may complete only one of the ethics courses online, and no more than 20% of the program (30 units total) online. A complete description of learning management systems, computing recommendations for operating systems, browsers, e-mails, computer parameters (processing, memory, disk space, monitor resolution, network bandwidth, mobile e-mail, and screen readers), and online licensures provided to students can be found under the Students Rights and Responsibilities: Information Technology (IT) Policies section of the catalog. If a student wishes to take any core curriculum courses online, the student must receive permission from the Program Director, with the exception of electives.


Instruction may be provided on-ground, online or in hybrid modalities, and varies by program. For on-ground and hybrid programs, instruction is primarily provided at an Alliant campus; however, some instructional activities may take place off campus at a location appropriate for the particular activity, including, but not limited to, online courses or online portion of courses, internships, practicums, or field placement activities.

For online programs, instruction is provided online; however, some programs may include an in-person residency requirement at one of Alliant’s campuses. Additional instructional activities, including, but not limited to internships, practicums, or field placement activities may take place at a location appropriate for the particular activity.

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