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In Pennsylvania, there are roughly nine public and private institutions that offer graduate clinical psychology degree programs. Out of these, only two offer master's programs related to clinical psychology. While a master's in clinical psychology will not qualify graduates for a license as a clinical psychologist, the degree can be appropriate for students who would like to work in a mental health setting or pursue additional education at the doctorate level. The programs include the required internships and clinical practicum components.
La Salle University
The Philadelphia campus of La Salle University offers a Master of Arts in Professional Clinical Counseling. This program is designed to train students to become licensed professional counselors in mental health settings. The curriculum is based on a client-centered approach and trains students in assessment and treatment. After completing the required courses in the program, students will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Pennsylvania and other states, in addition to meeting the certification requirements outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). As a part of the curriculum for the program, students will also complete a clinical practice practicum for one semester and a 12 month internship during their final year.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Located in West Chester, this university has a student population of more than 15,000 students. Students in the Master of Arts in Psychology program can choose from three concentrations, including clinical psychology. This program requires 48 semester hours and includes coursework in statistics for the behavioral sciences, psychometrics, cognitive and behavior therapy, intelligence testing and personality assessment. Students will also complete a four semester-hour clinical internship and two semester-hour clinical practicum. Participating in these courses provides students with the opportunity to gain supervised professional experience in mental health agencies and institutions.
In most states, one must meet requirements for licensure or certification to practice as a clinical psychologist. To become a licensed clinical psychologist, one will typically need a doctorate in psychology, one to two years of professional experience, an internship and a passing score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. Board certification is generally not required, but can establish professional expertise in a specialty area in psychology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Clinical Psychology Master's Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|La Salle University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Master of Arts in Professional Clinical Counseling||$41,100 per year*|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||4-year, public; large suburb||Master of Arts in Psychology with clinical psychology concentration||$9,462 per year in-state, $20,280 per year out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.