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  • Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

    • Bruce Hall, Suite 201
    • tel: 610-499-1206
    • fax: 610-499-4625
  • Lauren Naylor

    • Graduate Admission Support Specialist
    • Kapelski Learning Center Room 120
    • tel: 610-499-4188


Curriculum, Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology

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Widener’s doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) embraces a curriculum that includes experiential components that are designed to achieve a balance between classroom instruction and practical applied experience.

General Requirements

To earn the degree, PsyD students must complete at least 120 credits of approved doctoral coursework and have five years of full-time residency. In the first three years, students must register each semester for a minimum of 12 credits of PsyD courses. In years four and five, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits, at least 9 of which must be PsyD courses.

Certificate Track Requirements

To complete the tracks in school psychology, neuropsychology, and biofeedback, students must take elective courses in these areas during portions of the PsyD program. The tracks fit within the general curriculum and also require specific clinical experiences to accompany the in-classroom learning.

  • Biofeedback Track

This one-year track is available to students matriculated in our PsyD program in years two, three, four, or five. It is a two-semester experience with didactic learning followed by hands-on clinical application at the Biofeedback Clinic. Students also take the national certification exam during the year of training to obtain certification in this area.

  • Neuropsychology Track

Our neuropsychology track is only available to students matriculated in our PsyD program. Interested students will apply internally to determine eligibility for the neuropsychology track during the third year of training, and the track extends from the spring of the third year until the end of the fifth year (excluding the required postdoctoral training experience). Eligibility is decided upon by a faculty committee at IGCP and the Neuropsychology Training Committee.

  • School Psychology Track

Our school psychology track is only available to students matriculated in our PsyD program. Coursework in the school psychology track leads to Pennsylvania certification as a school psychologist (and can be subsequently applied to certification in other states). The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In the first or second year of the doctoral program, students interested in pursuing school psychology certification complete a questionnaire to assess their interest in the application of psychology in schools.

Students who have maintained satisfactory grades and supervisory evaluations to date, who have completed three psychological assessments, and/or who have worked with at least 3 child or adolescent clients in a practicum experience, are accepted into the certification program. The number of students accepted may be limited by the availability of school-related practicum and internship sites. However, every effort is made to accommodate interested students.


We offer the following concentrations:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy/acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy
  • Consulting psychology
  • Cross-cultural and diversity psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Psychoanalytic psychology

Detailed information about our concentrations, including courses and requirements, can be found in our Concentrations Manual

For more information about courses and requirements for the PsyD degree, please refer to our course catalog.