Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

The PsyD program immerses students in a science-based, five-year curriculum that focuses on the application of psychological science to problems that students will face in real-world settings. The purpose of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program is to educate and train a new generation of health practitioners to be better prepared to take on the challenges of ever-evolving cultural and technological environments. It provides an outstanding pathway for acquiring the skills needed for becoming effective, culturally sensitive providers of direct psychological services.

APA Accreditation

The PsyD program at Ponce-St. Louis utilizes the same curriculum as that of the American Psychological Association (APA)-approved PsyD program at the University’s main campus in Puerto Rico. The administration of the St. Louis campus notified APA that it will be seeking intent to apply for accreditation status, the first step in the multi-year process required to obtain full APA accreditation.

In-Demand Career Opportunities

PsyD graduates are uniquely prepared to serve the immediate and ongoing needs of clients and patients in a variety of settings. They will have their choice of various in-demand psychological career opportunities.

"We are about pouring resources into programs that are relevant and, when possible, directly tied to career paths with social benefit. Our PsyD program prepares each student to take a step out of the classroom and into the workforce as a well-rounded clinician.”

Emil R., Dean of Enrollment

The PsyD program prepares you to work with any type of situation. Ponce Health Science University provides you with practicum and internship opportunities that help you move from class to real-world.

Daymarie R.M, PsyD Student

Program Description

The Ponce-St. Louis Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) has its theoretical foundations in the biopsychosocial model and aims to prepare mental health professionals and seeks to prepare psychologists equipped with the clinical skills, cultural competence, and social sensitivity necessary to serve diverse populations.

The biopsychosocial model provides both a theoretical foundation and a practical guide for clinical services. As a philosophy, it is a means to understand how suffering, disease, and illness are influenced by many factors from molecular to societal. At the practical level, it is a way of connecting and recognizing patient experiences and perspectives as essential contributors to accurate diagnosis, successful outcomes and administration of compassionate care.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have earned a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale. GRE Score no more than five years old. They must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college-level institution, with a minimum of 15 credits in psychology, including the following coursework:

General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
Experimental Psychology or Scientific Research