Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

APA Accreditation Status, ASPPB/NR Designation, and WASC Accreditation

The Psy.D. program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our current status with the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) is “Under Review”: Our goal, which is aligned with the California Lutheran University’s Strategic Plan, is to have the program accredited by APA-CoA. Progress toward accreditation: Our new program took its first class in 2010, and students from this class are currently completing doctoral internship. As a new program, 2014 was the first year that we were permitted to apply for accreditation. Our self-study was submitted to APA-CoA on August 22, 2014, received by APA-CoA on August 27, 2014, and placed on the October 23-26, 2014 APA-CoA meeting agenda. On December 1, 2014, we received notice that APA-CoA has approved our program for a site visit. Our site visit occurred on April 20-21, 2015. Students whose degree is posted after the final day of the site visit preceding the APA-CoA decision to grant accreditation will have graduated from an accredited program. Please note that although we are fully committed to ensuring our program meets the standards of accreditation, we cannot guarantee that APA-CoA will grant us accreditation. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 /

The Psy.D. program meets the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR) "Guidelines for Defining a Doctoral Degree in Psychology." For you, this means that graduates who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied in each jurisdiction. For exact information, please contact the state, provincial, or territorial licensing board of the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply. ASPPB/NR Designation Programs:

California Lutheran University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC Senior College and University Commission). WASC Accredited Institutions:


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