Degree Requirements Department of Clinical Psychology, 2009-2010

Waiver and Transfer/Advanced Standing Policies

The program is full time regardless of waivers. Except for transfer students, there is no advanced standing, and the program cannot be shortened nor the tuition reduced.

Individual required courses may be waived: (a) if a student submits evidence of having successfully passed an equivalent graduate level course in area. Equivalent is defined as one that shares at least 75 percent of the current content and readings with an Antioch University New England Department of Clinical Psychology course; or (b) by passing an examination (written and/or oral) administered by department faculty. No transfer credits or advanced standing are awarded by the Doctoral Program for master’s level work, only waivers. Neither waivers nor transfer credits are awarded for practica, case conferences, or advanced electives.

All doctoral students must maintain a full-time load. Students who waive a course must take another in its place. Typically, students who waive courses take the next requirement available in that time slot. Students who therefore have completed elements of the curriculum early use that time to make additional progress on their dissertation. Waivers are only evaluated for matriculated students. Advanced electives are never waived.

Transfer admission with advanced standing is possible on a space available basis by permission only for those students who are in good standing in another APA accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology. Advanced standing means that it is possible for students to have less than four years of coursework. Since the majority of our courses are offered on Mondays, the practical possibility of transfer students graduating with less than four years of coursework depends on a particular applicant’s previous coursework and how the remaining requirements fit into the times Antioch University New England’s courses are offered. A separate admissions process for transfer applicants must be completed followed by an interview to gain transfer admission, and this may occur at other times of the year than the general admission process. This process is described in the Clinical Psychology Handbook and is available on request. Students interested in transferring should contact the Director of Student Affairs for further information and for permission to apply.

Required Purchase of Computer and FirstClass Access

The PsyD Program requires all students to purchase a computer for themselves and to have Internet access for communication with the AUNE community. Antioch University New England has an email and conferencing system based on FirstClass, and each student is provided with an email account. The requirement also facilitates enhanced productivity, and the creation of publication-quality written work as well as access to regional and international professional networks.

Special Requirements for all programs in the Department of Clinical Psychology

Because these are programs of professional preparation, students must meet professional as well as academic standards. The Department of Clinical Psychology adheres to the American Psychological Association’s code of ethics, and also requires that students manage their personal issues so as not to affect their academic or clinical work. Where the faculty have questions about a student’s personal/professional competence or ethical conduct, the matter will be discussed with him or her before any administrative action is taken. This will ensure a more productive resolution.

Changing State Licensing Requirements

AUNE, while not responsible for actions of external licensing agencies, does intend to support students, both current and graduates. In doing so, we strive to be fair and consistent to all students. Therefore, if licensing requirements are enacted by an external agency which exceed the current degree requirements, the following options are available:

  1. For current students, additional coursework to satisfy licensing requirements (either existing courses or in some cases SISs).
  2. For graduates, the opportunity to enroll as a Special Student in either the appropriate course or, as an exception, in an SIS, at the following rate:
    50% of the Special Student doctoral per credit fee, plus a comprehensive fee for application, registration and processing. This charge is less than the current per credit fee for matriculated doctoral students.