Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in Los Angeles

Program Description

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) is the highest-level degree for those who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. Clinical psychologists are highly trained in various theories, tools, and intervention techniques, and often work with clients who have experienced severe trauma or mental illness. They conduct clinical interviews and psychological testing, create treatment plans, consult and collaborate with physicians and other professionals, and provide multiple forms of therapy to alleviate mental illness, behavioral problems and emotional distress.

Students in the Los Angeles Clinical Psychology program develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills through rigorous coursework, challenging practicum and internship experiences, and an applicable dissertation. They graduate equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, and prepared to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.

Clinical psychology students in the L.A. Campus program may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of our own community counseling centers, two of Southern California's largest and most well-respected community counseling centers. Students learn marketing and operations related to running a private practice, provide individual and group psychotherapy services, and graduate with critical skills and connections, preparing them to sit for licensure and launch successful careers. 

Graduates of the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program in Los Angeles will be prepared to pursue positions as licensed clinical psychologists provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination and complete any state-required post-doctoral residency requirements. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to this campus.

Students have the opportunity to choose from several concentrations.


Admission, Outcomes, and Other Data

Admissions Requirements

Goals and Objectives


Clinical Psychology


Child & Adolescent


Qualifies graduates to sit for national licensure exam and for the California Board of Psychology exam.

Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

• Year 2: 600-hour basic practicum
• Year 3: 600-hour intermediate practicum
• Year 4: 600-hour advanced practicum
• One-year, full-time internship

Program Time to Completion

5 Years Full Time
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 18 semester hours of psychology credit with grades earned of C or better including three specific courses; 
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Child/Human Development or Lifespan
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements


Sample Courses

Psychopathology I

This course surveys the major theories of the etiology of mental disorders emphasizing a biopsychosocial approach and familiarizes students with the DSM approach to diagnosis and classification. Disorders of childhood and adolescence are covered, as well as dementias, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and substance abuse. Cultural and developmental factors related to mental illness are emphasized. (2 credits)

Intellectual Assessment

This course introduces students to models of intellectual assessment and explains the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the most widely used intelligence assessment instruments. The course requires students to learn and understand basic constructs associated with test construction and development, such as norms, standardization, and various kinds of reliability and validity data. Specific emphasis is placed on interpretation and report writing using the WISC-IV and WAIS-IV. In the lab portion of this course, students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in administering, scoring, and interpreting these instruments. (3 credits)

Youth Interventions with Rap Music and Hip-Hop

Modern Rap music and related Hip-Hop culture are increasingly influential phenomena on urban youth in particular and contemporary youth in general both in the United States and around the globe. This interactive course explores and illustrates the use of themes, lyrics, and images in Rap/Hip-Hop as a mechanism for enriching youth interventions for various mental health issues across home, school, and community settings.

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