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PsyD in Clinical Psychology Curriculum, San Francisco

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Curriculum Plan (2022 – 2023)


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.

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Academic Year 1 & 2

Additional Courses (6 units)

These courses should be taken in the first two years and prior to advancement to candidacy:

  • PSY61012 – Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (2 units)
  • PSY61070 – Biological Aspects of Behavior (2 units)
  • PSY61122 – Social Basis of Behavior (2 units)
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Academic Year 1

Semester 1 (12.5 units)

  • PSY60110 – PsyD Psychometrics, Statistics and Research Design (3 units)
  • PSY61210 – Intercultural Awareness Development (1.5 units)
  • PSY65280 – Observation and Interviewing (3 units)
  • PSY65410 – First-Year Practicum (1 unit)
  • PSY65430 – Introduction to Professional Psychology (1 unit)
  • PSY75040 – Theory and Technique of Clinical Practice (3 units)

Semester 2 (11.5 units)

  • PSY60120 – PsyD Psychometrics, Statistics and Research Design (3 units)
  • PSY61220 – Intercultural Awareness Development (1.5 units)
  • PSY65120 – Psychological Assessment I: Cognitive Personality (3 units)
  • PSY65420 – Practicum I (1 unit)
  • PSY65440 – Introduction to Professional Psychology (1 unit)
  • PSY71122 – History and Systems of Psychology (2 units)

Additional Courses (5 units)

The following courses can be completed in either Semester 1, Semester 2 or during Summer:

  • PSY61092 – Human Development/Lifespan (2 units)
  • PSY65230 – Advanced Psychopathology (3 units)
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Academic Year 2

Semester 1 (11 units)

  • PSY65120A – Psychological Assessment II: Personality (3 units)
  • PSY70030 – PsyD Research Proposal Design (3 units)
  • PSY75053 – Clinical and Ethical Issues (3 units)
  • PSY75272 – PsyD Practicum II (2 units)

Semester 2 (10 units)

  • PSY70040 – PsyD Research Proposal Design (3 units)
  • PSY75063 – Clinical and Ethical Issues (3 units)
  • PSY75212 – Psychological Assessment III: Integration (2 units)
  • PSY75282 – PsyD Practicum II (2 units)

Additional Courses (6 units)

The following courses can be completed in either Semester 1 or 2:

  • PSY75020 – Sociocultural Diversity (3 units)
  • PSY75040 – Theory and Technique of Clinical Practice (3 units)
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Academic Year 3

Semester 1 (10 units)

  • PSY85310 – Advanced Clinical Seminar (3 units)
  • PSY85372 – PsyD Practicum III (2 units)
  • Supervision (Choice of topics) (2 units). Includes PSY85611, PSY85612, PSY85620, PSY85630, PSY85641, PSY85642, PSY85650, PSY85660 
  • PSY89130 – PsyD Clinical Dissertation (3 units)

Semester 2 (8 units)

  • PSY85323 – Advanced Clinical Seminar (3 units)
  • PSY85382 – Psy.D. Practicum III (2 units)
  • PSY89143 – PsyD Clinical Dissertation (3 units)

Additional Courses (8 units)

The following courses can be completed in either Semester 1 or 2:

  • Advanced Clinical Skills (Choice of topics) (1-3 units)- total of 6 units required. Includes PSY85531A-E, PSY85532A-K, PSY85533A-O, PSY85541A-E, PSY85542A-N, PSY85543A-O, PSY85550, PSY85560, PSY85570, PSY85580, PSY85592, PSY85593
  • Consultation (choice of topics) (2 units). Includes PSY85611, PSY85612, PSY85620, PSY85630, PSY85641, PSY85642, PSY85650, PSY85660
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Academic Year 4

Semester 1 (11 units)

  • PSY95310 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)

Semester 2 (11 units)

  • PSY95320 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)

Semester 3 (8 units)

  • PSY95330 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (8 units)
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Additional Coursework

Electives (2 units)

  • Elective (2 units)
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Half Time Internship Option

Two years of APA-accredited half-time internship rotations, taken in fourth and fifth years, may be substituted:

  • PSY95610 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY95620 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY95630 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY95640 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY95650 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY95660 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
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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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