Doctor of Psychology

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Accreditation & Licensing

Union Institute & University’s (Psy.D.) program with cohorts in Cincinnati & Brattleboro receives ASPPB/National Register Designation

Union Institute & University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

This program meets the "Guidelines for Defining 'Doctoral Degree in Psychology’" as implemented by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Project. Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being licensed as a psychologist. For exact information, contact the state/provincial/territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply. Additional information including links to jurisdictions are available at ASPPB's.

Once licensed, a graduate of a designated program is eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Graduation from a designated program typically ensures that the program completed meets the educational requirements for the National Register credential. However, individual circumstances vary, and there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and listed on Find A Psychologist database. Doctoral students may apply to have their credentials banked and reviewed prior to licensure. Further information about the National Psychologist's Trainee Register and the National Register application process, consult the National Register.

Accreditation

Union Institute & University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Union Institute & University is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Vermont Board of Education to grant the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree with a concentration in clinical psychology.

The Psy.D. with a concentration in clinical psychology program’s development was guided by the American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation standards (Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology), but it is not APA-accredited. The program plans to seek accreditation as soon as it is eligible.

For information on APA accreditation contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE,
Washington, DC 20002-4242
202-336-5979

Licensing

The practice of professional psychology is regulated in all states, with specific requirements varying from state to state. If you intend to seek licensure or certification to practice psychology independently and without supervision, check the requirements for licensure or certification in the state in which you plan to practice prior to enrollment in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program. The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program is designed to meet psychology licensure board requirements and establish graduates’ eligibility for psychologist licensure in some states that do not require graduation from an American Psychological Association accredited program. However, we cannot ensure any graduate will obtain a state license.

More information on state licensing: The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).