Applied Clinical Psychology Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Applied Clinical Psychology Curriculum and Course Descriptions

The M.A. in Applied Clinical Psychology is a 48-credit program with optional 12-credit certificates for Licensed Professional Counselor preparation.

The program can be pursued full-time or part-time; new students can begin the program only in a fall semester.

Psychology Core Courses

Psychology Core course work (23 credits) offers a foundation in professional ethics, individual differences and cultural diversity, the scientific bases of behavior, and scientific research skills.

  • PSYC 500 Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology and Counseling (3)
    The standards of ethical conduct related to research and practice in psychology and counseling.
  • PSYC 501 Cultural Competency in Psychology (3)
    This course will familiarize students with the need for sensitivity to individual and group differences associated with culture and ethnicity.
  • PSYC 502 Applied Social Psychology (3)
    Examine social psychology’s applications to health, law, interpersonal relations, environment, politics, and other social issues.
  • PSYC 520 Research Methods (4)
    Review experimental and quasi-experimental designs, program evaluation, between-subject designs, and intra-subject designs.
  • PSYC 521 Statistics (4)
    Discusses the nature, computation, computer analysis, interpretation, and APA-style communication of statistical tests. Prerequisites: PSYC 520 and satisfactory performance on a statistics proficiency exam.
  • PSYC 524 Biological Basis of Behavior (3)
    The biological determinants of behavior, including evolution, hormones, sensory systems, internal states, reproduction, emotions, learning, and memory.
  • PSYC 530 Research Paper (3)
    Supervised research in psychology for students nearing completion of their degree.

Clinical Core Courses

Clinical Core course work (25 credits) provides a general background in clinical diagnosis, assessment, and interventions. Supervised experience allows you to develop the clinical skills appropriate for a master’s-level practitioner.

  • PSYC 510 Human Growth and Development (3)
    Human development across the life span.
  • PSYC 517 Psychopathology (3)
    A broad look at psychopathology using an applied emphasis. Includes biological, social, cognitive, psychological, and neuropsychological approaches.
  • PSYC 518 Interviewing and Counseling (3)
    Basic clinical interviewing and counseling techniques from both the didactic and experiential perspectives.
  • PSYC 519 Theories and Models of Psychotherapy (3)
    Advanced psychotherapies and applications in diverse settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 518
  • PSYC 540 Group Interventions (3)
    Application of psychotherapeutic techniques in a group setting. Prerequisite: PSYC 518
  • PSYC 571 Tests and Measurements (3)
    Administration, analysis, and interpretation of psychological evaluation methods.
  • PSYC 595A Clinical Practicum (1) 
    An interviewing and counseling practicum experience. Prerequisites: PSYC 500, 517, 518, and 519, and purchase of professional liability insurance.
  • PSYC 595B Clinical Internship (6)
    A supervised clinical experience in a community setting. Prerequisites: PSYC 595A and purchase of professional liability insurance.

Additional program-specific information can be found in Penn State’s University Bulletin.