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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


FAQs, Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the doctor of psychology (PsyD) program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

Is Widener's PsyD program accredited?

Our doctoral program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979 (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE. Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979). The program was last site visited in 2011 and given a 7-year re-accreditation until 2018. 

Is Widener's internship program accredited?

Exclusive to our students, we run a local, affiliated internship program that is embedded within our doctoral program and consists of a number of university-based and community-based rotations that are throughout our region. Our internship is also accredited (separately from the doctoral program) by the American Psychological Association (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979).

What does Widener's internship experience look like?

Widener's internship guarantees a three-day-a-week internship rotation to all students in good standing in the fourth and fifth years of the program. Typically students are placed at two different year-long rotations--one in the fourth year and one in the fifth year--to complete their internship training. Examples of types of rotations include inpatient clinics/hospital units, outpatient clinics, schools for the learning disabled, forensic-related placements, private practice settings, community mental health facilities, neuropsychology clinics, university counseling centers, and rehabilitation centers.

When did Widener's PsyD program start?

Our doctoral program began at Hahnemann University in 1970 and is the oldest accredited PsyD program in the United States. The program transferred to Widener University in 1989.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program is designed to take five years to complete. This includes our integrated APA-approved internship. 

Can I attend part-time?

No. Because of the structure of the program, including the integration of clinical and academic work, students are only enrolled on a full-time basis. It is also not possible to attend the program online as the program is not set up for distance learning.

What does the academic calendar look like?

PsyD courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Many students who complete a dual degree complete some of their additional coursework during the summer semester. After years one and two, students are not engaged in program activities in the summer; however, summer placement and work is required after years three and four.

Do students have a life outside of school?

Absolutely! While this is certainly a rigorous program, students and faculty understand that a life outside of graduate school is necessary. PsyD students have created the Student Forum, which organizes a variety of social events around the area, including happy hours, baseball games, and other activities. While the program is rigorous and demanding, we have a strong community and self-care emphasis in our program. To get to know our culture a little bit, like our Facebook page at IGCPatWidener or take a look at our recent alumni connections/newsletter.