Psy.D. Degree

Practicum Hour Requirements

Students register for 12 credit hours of practicum (4 hours per semester and in the summer term) each year, beginning in their 2nd year in the program. Time on practicum is minimally 16 hours per week, typically scheduled over 2 days. All practica are for 12 months, beginning from July 1st and continuing through June 30th . Practicum days are Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays, depending upon the student's year in the SOPP program. Some sites require evening hours. Wednesdays are generally reserved for on campus seminars, colloquia, committee, and other meetings. A target of 25% of a trainee's time should be spent in direct service to clients. SOPP requires that students serve at least 700 hours of training and supervision each practicum year. SOPP Students must have a minimum of 2000 hours of practicum in order to start internship. Students must have a minimum of 1400 hours of practicum at the time of the faculty review in order to be certified to apply for internship. Students are encouraged to take maximum advantage of their practicum experience in order to enhance their professional development, best prepare for the Clinical Comprehensive Examination, and be competitive in their applications for internship.