Programs

Rosemead offers both a Ph.D. and a Psy.D. degree in Clinical Psychology. APA accredited since 1980, both programs produce practicing psychologists who possess strong clinical skills and an ability to integrate their faith and their field. Both programs require 133 semester hours and take five to six years to complete, including a year-long approved internship. In both programs an MA degree is awarded after the first two years if the degree requirements have been fulfilled.

Rosemead's rich interdisciplinary study addresses the human condition through 31 units of theology courses and integration seminars. Taught by Christian psychologists and philosophers who hold biblical degrees, our coursework is founded upon a distinctly Christian worldview. This commitment extends the doctoral track approximately one year beyond most secular clinical programs. You will graduate with a minor in theology and biblical studies in addition to your master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology.

Design of the Doctoral Programs

Rosemead's doctoral programs in clinical psychology are designed primarily to train practitioners in professional psychology. They are designed for students interested in pursuing careers in applied areas of clinical psychology. While all students receive training in the basic areas of scientific psychology relevant to the practice of psychology, the focus of Rosemead's doctoral training is on the development of professional skills and the utilization of theory and research in professional practice. Within this focus students may apply for either the Psy.D. program or the Ph.D. program. Approximately 67% of Rosemead's students are enrolled in the Psy.D. and 33% in the Ph.D. Except in unusual circumstances, students do not change programs after admission.

While both the Psy.D. and Ph.D. have a common core of basic science and clinical courses, students enrolled Rosemead's Psy.D. are generally preparing for full-time positions as psychological practitioners. Those enrolled in Rosemead's Ph.D. are interested in combining clinical work with other psychological competencies, such as teaching and research. Research training in Rosemead's Ph.D. program is strong in selected areas of ongoing faculty research. Thus the Ph.D. is particularly appropriate for students who desire both to develop quality clinical skills and research skills related to clinical practice.

The two programs (Psy.D. and Ph.D.) are very similar with regard to cost, time to completion, attrition, and internship placement. Specific information regarding tuition and fees may be obtained in the Financial Information section of the catalog. Scholarships, grants, loans, and teaching assistantships are available to Rosemead graduate students. Some of these are need-based (e.g., grants); some of them are competence-based (e.g., teaching assistantships). If you would like to apply for financial support, visit the Financial Aid website.

Rosemead's Mission and Training Models

The information presented in this section should be helpful to you in understanding the program differences and deciding which program would best match your preparation and career goals.

The mission of both Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs is the same:

The mission of Rosemead School of Psychology is to produce graduates who can integrate the science and practice of psychology with Christian theology, and who are prepared to meet the psychological needs of the world in general and the Christian community specifically through professional service and scholarship.

While the mission is the same, the training models are different for the doctoral programs. Both programs prepare psychological practitioners and virtually all of the graduates become licensed psychologists. The training models for practitioner programs are based on the core curriculum developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP). The training models for the programs are:

Ph.D. Training Model: Scholar-Practitioner

  • Research Emphasis. The Ph.D. program requires a Masters level thesis, additional courses in research, and a dissertation (including a proposal, data colloquium, and oral defense.) This enhances the research preparation of Ph.D. students.

Psy.D. Training Model: Practitioner-Scholar

  • Practitioner Emphasis. The Psy.D. program requires additional psychotherapy lab courses, an additional assessment course, and additional semester hours of practicum. This enhances the clinical preparation of Psy.D. students.

Faculty in the Ph.D. program emphasize the importance of excellent research preparation and the faculty-student ratio is approximately 1:5. Students in the Psy.D. program take more psychotherapy lab classes and practicum hours. Faculty in this program emphasize the importance of excellent clinical practice, and the faculty-student ratio is 1:8.

The differences between the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs can be seen in the distinctions between the program goals, objectives, and competencies. These are presented in the table below and the differences are noted in italics.

 

PHD PROGRAM

PSYD PROGRAM

GOAL 1

The goal of the PhD program is to produce clinical psychologists who possess the requisite clinical skills (including knowledge and professional attitudes) to meet the psychological needs of society.

The goal of the PsyD program is to produce clinical psychologists who possess enhanced clinical skills (including knowledge and professional attitudes) to implement a broad spectrum of psychological interventions to meet the needs of society.

OBJECTIVE 1.A.

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in forming and maintaining professional relationships

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in forming and maintaining professional relationships

Competency 1.A.a.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships

Competency 1.A.b.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in forming and maintaining relationships with other professionals

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in forming and maintaining relationships with other professionals

Competency 1.A.c.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory personal awareness of self as well as their impact on others

Students will demonstrate satisfactory personal awareness of self as well as their impact on others

Competency 1.A.d.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory understanding and application of professional ethics

Students will demonstrate satisfactory understanding and application of professional ethics

OBJECTIVE 1.B.

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in psychological assessment

Develop enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes in psychological assessment

Competency 1.B.a.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in administering, scoring, and interpreting cognitive and objective personality tests

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in administering, scoring, and interpreting cognitive, objective, and projective personality tests

Competency 1.B.b.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in evaluating clients, performing differential diagnoses, and writing psychological evaluations

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in evaluating clients, performing differential diagnoses, and writing psychological evaluations

OBJECTIVE 1.C.

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in psychological interventions

Develop enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes in psychological interventions

Comptency 1.C.a.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in implementing psychological interventions

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in implementing a broad range of psychological interventions with a variety of populations

OBJECTIVE 1.D.

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human diversity

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human diversity

Competency 1.D.a.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in working with multicultural issues in psychological practice

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in working with multicultural issues in psychological practice

OBJECTIVE 1.E.

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in psychological consultation and supervision

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in psychological consultation and supervision

Competency 1.E.a.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in individual case consultation and supervision

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in individual case consultation and supervision

GOAL 2

The goal of the PhD program is to produce clinical psychologists who can generate applied research that serves psychological practitioners and society at large.

The goal of the PsyD program is to produce clinical psychologists who can understand, critique, and apply research in clinical settings.

OBJECTIVE 2.A.

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes in conducting and producing applied research

Develop requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for understanding, critiquing, and applying research

Competency 2.A.a.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in utilizing appropriate research methodologies

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in utilizing psychological research in their clinical work

GOAL 3

The goal of the PhD and PsyD programs is to produce clinical psychologists who, by knowledge and training, can meet the psychological needs of the Christian community.

The goal of the PhD and PsyD programs is to produce clinical psychologists who, by knowledge and training, can meet the psychological needs of the Christian community.

OBJECTIVE 3.A.

Develop enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes in relating biblical and theological concepts to theory, research, and practice

Develop enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes in relating biblical and theological concepts to theory, research, and practice

Competency 3.A.a.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in integrating psychology and theology and communicating these concepts with the Christian community

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in integrating psychology and theology and communicating these concepts with the Christian community

Competency 3.A.b.

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in working with religious/spiritual issues with both Christian and non-Christian clients

Students will demonstrate satisfactory skills in working with religious/spiritual issues with both Christian and non-Christian clients

The different training models, goals, objectives, and competencies lead to different curriculum emphases. These are presented in the table below and they are elaborated in the section of the website devoted to the specific program.

Semester Credit Hours

Ph.D. Program

Psy.D. Program

Foundational Curriculum

38

41

Psychotherapy Labs

12

21

Practicum Requirements

12

18

Research Hours

16

6

Dissertation/Doc. Paper

12

5

Theology Hours

18

18

Integration Hours

12

12

Elective Hours

13

12

Total Hours

133

133

Program Outcomes

Both the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs are designed to produce graduates who become licensed psychologists. According to the ASPPB website, 82.6% of Rosemead graduates who took the EPPP licensure exam between 2005-2009 passed the test. This compares to the average program pass rate of 76.6%.

The most recent self-study conducted on the Ph.D. program revealed the following student outcomes:

  1. Licensure rate: Our survey data indicates that 88% of our Ph.D. graduates are licensed within two years following graduation.
  2. Time to first job: The average Ph.D. graduate secured a job within one month of graduating from Rosemead. The alumni survey indicated that the mean time to securing the first job was approximately two weeks.
  3. Nature of current job: A survey of Ph.D. alumni revealed that the top five current jobs were: Community Mental Health Center (15.0%), Military Medical Center (15.0%), Medical Center (10.0%), Academic Teaching Position in a Doctoral Program (10.0%), and Academic Teaching Position in a Four-Year College (7.5%).
  4. Ph.D. job characteristics:
    • 96% of Ph.D. graduates have a job in the field of psychology.
    • 84% of Ph.D. graduates are involved in professional practice, and on average provide 31 hours of service per week.
    • On average 21%-30% of alumni caseloads are comprised of clients for whom spirituality is integrated into treatment.

The most recent self-study conducted on the Psy.D. program revealed the following student outcomes:

  1. Licensure rate: Our survey data indicates that 78% of our Psy.D. graduates are licensed within two years following graduation.
  2. Time to first job: The average Psy.D. graduate secured a job within one month of graduating from Rosemead. The alumni survey indicated that the median time to securing the first job was approximately one week.
  3. Nature of current job: A survey of Psy.D. alumni revealed that the top five current jobs were: Independent Practice (31.1%), Community Mental Health Center (27.9%), University Counseling Center (13.1%), Military Medical Center (4.9%), Medical Center (3.3%), Private Psychiatric Hospital (3.3%), and State/County Hospital (3.3%).
  4. Psy.D. job characteristics:
    • 89% of Psy.D. graduates have a job in the field of psychology.
    • 83% of Psy.D. graduates are involved in professional practice, and on average provide 25 hours of service per week.
    • On average 31%-40% of alumni caseloads are comprised of clients for whom spirituality is integrated into treatment.

Master of Arts

A master's degree is awarded as a student progresses in the doctoral program. Special application for a terminal master's degree must be approved on an individual basis.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Ph.D. degree program is designed for those who desire to produce research and teach as well as provide clinical services. This degree program requires more research coursework, a master's level thesis, and a dissertation.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Psy.D. degree program is designed for those who seek to understand and apply research rather than produce it. This program requires more psychotherapy lab courses and practicum units in order to emphasize enhanced clinical skills.

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