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Clinical Psychology Program Maintains APA Accreditation

By Rachel Judy | August 20, 2012

The American Psychological Association (APA) has renewed its accreditation for Regent University's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.). This is the second renewal for the program, which is housed in the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC).

"Receipt of accreditation from the APA means that our program has demonstrated the excellent quality of admitted students, faculty credentials, training model, program resources and successful training outcomes such as licensure and employment," said Dr. Bill Hathaway, dean of SPC.

The APA accreditation process is considered one of the most rigorous academic accreditations, similar to a law school being American Bar Association-accredited or a medical program being American Medical Association-accredited.

"Students from an APA-accredited program are qualified to serve in all sectors of society and globally, including federal positions like the Veterans Administration," explained Dr. Jennifer Ripley, professor and director of the psychology program. "After four years of training on Regent's campus, one year of internship and additional residency training, graduates from Regent's APA-accredited program are able to be licensed by all 50 states to practice as a psychologist."

According to a 2012 alumni survey, 98 percent of Psy.D. alumni are currently using their degree in professional roles. "The mission of the Psy.D. program is being fulfilled in alumni changing hearts and lives," Ripley added. "When people are more psychologically healthy, they are better servant-leaders, ministers, parents, spouses, workers and community members."

"Our goal has always been to produce graduates who are able to function well as full members of the profession of psychology while being equally faithful as Christians," Hathaway said. "The ongoing accreditation provides strong evidence that this is occurring at Regent."

Learn more about the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.


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