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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology degree program has been designed to educate and train students so that they may eventually be able to function effectively as health service psychologists.

To ensure that students are prepared adequately, the curriculum is designed to provide for the meaningful integration of theory, training and practice. This program emphasizes the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills essential in the formation of professional psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services.

National Louis University offers this program in a highly-engaged, face-to-face, intensive, full-time learning environment, with classes held during the day. This program is available at our downtown Chicago campus.

Choose NLU's Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program if you want to:

  • Deliver basic diagnostic and therapeutic services to diverse populations, whether on an individual, family, or group basis
  • Assume leadership positions within the healthcare delivery system
  • Work with professionals from other disciplines as part of an effectively functioning healthcare team
  • Evaluate and use clinical research applications of psychology
  • Integrate biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of human functioning into your clinical approach

We would love to hear from you! We strongly recommend connecting with our Enrollment and Outreach Specialist for Clinical Psychology Dr. Tina Simmons, at or 312-261-3036. Appointments are available via phone or via Zoom. To schedule, click here.




We are accepting applications for both Winter and Fall 2021. Our application can be found here.

Upcoming Program Overview Webinars

Please join us for a virtual program overview to discuss the structure of the PsyD program, curriculum, program length, tuition, funding options, the admissions/application process and more! Upcoming dates and times and registration can be found here.

The Illinois School of Professional Psychology’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program aims to prepare graduates to engage the world as health service psychologists. The program employs a practitioner-scholar model and offers a curriculum designed to prepare clinicians who provide scientifically grounded, theoretically informed, and culturally responsive psychological services. Combining a strong foundation in the science of psychology, close guidance in clinical practice, and encouragement of growth through experiential learning, ISPP aims to prepare ethical, competent clinical psychologists who respect the multidimensionality of human diversity.


  1. Students will critically evaluate the current and evolving body of scholarly literature in psychology and demonstrate knowledge of research methods and the ability to apply this knowledge by completing a clinical research project, and disseminating their research findings.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal standards, application of ethical decision making processes, and ethical conduct in professional activities.
  3. Students will apply the theoretical and empirical knowledge necessary to address the multidimensionality of human diversity and work effectively with issues of difference.
  4. Students will demonstrate self-awareness of the impact of their own social and cultural identities and biases.
  5. Students accept responsibility for their own actions, integrate feedback from peers, colleagues, and supervisors in a non-defensive manner, and behave in a professional manner across settings.
  6. Students will demonstrate professionalism through clear and effective written and verbal communication.
  7. Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well, forming and maintaining productive and respectful relationships with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and other professionals.
  8. Students will demonstrate competency in assessment, including knowledge of psychometric theory, and the ability to select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests. They will show an ability to make appropriate diagnoses and recommendations for treatment that take into account both personal and cultural client strengths and challenges.
  9. Students will demonstrate competency in intervention by developing, applying, and evaluating evidence-based treatment plans that are grounded in a coherent orientation.
  10. Students will demonstrate knowledge of supervision models and practices
  11. Students will demonstrate knowledge of consultation models and practices, and exhibit respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
  12. Students will know and apply the scientific bases of psychology, including affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; and they will demonstrate knowledge of the history and systems of psychology.

Enhance your degree and increase your marketability with a concentration in:

  • Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
  • Health Psychology
  • Trauma Psychology

Each concentration has variations in course requirements.

National Louis University’s clinical psychology program is currently seeking full accreditation with the American Psychological Association (APA). Get in touch with the enrollment specialist for ISPP, Tina Simmons, to learn more. E-mail:

Chicago/Argosy Teach-Out Students
The clinical Psy.D. program under the name National Louis University, Chicago/Argosy Teach-Out is 'accredited, inactive' by the Commission on Accreditation of the APA. This accreditation status designates an accredited program that is no longer admitting students. This status was granted to accommodate teach-out students from Argosy University. Persons who were not enrolled in accredited Argosy programs are not to be admitted to the National Louis University, Chicago /Argosy Teach-out 'accredited, inactive' program.

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 / E-mail: 

The program accepts students who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Although prior degrees need not be in psychology, some psychology courses are required (as foundation courses), and some experience in psychological services is desirable.

To apply to the Psy.D. in clinical psychology degree program, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • An undergraduate degree grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) -or- a conferred graduate degree grade point average of 3.25 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • A minimum score on a pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in the admission policies, English language proficiency
  • Completion of an interview with members of the program admissions committee

All applications for admission must be submitted to the admissions department. A clinical psychology enrollment specialist is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed application for admission form, submitted via PSYCAS
  • Professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended

Admissions Committee Decisions

All applicants will receive written notification of the Admissions Committee’s decision. Admissions Committee decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Accepted applicants are required to remit a non-refundable deposit of $200.00 by the date stipulated on the written notification to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied toward the tuition of the student’s first semester. An applicant, if rejected, can reapply by following the reapplication policy.

Students who are admitted into the program will be responsible for completing the program requirements that are in effect at the time of their admission. The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University retains the right to modify these requirements in accordance with the demands of the profession of psychology.

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 98 semester credit hours that includes:
    • 68.5 semester credit hours of core course requirements
    • 13.5 semester credit hours of elective course requirements (Advanced Intervention and Supervision, Diversity, Integrated Assessment, and General Electives)
    • 12 semester credit hours of practicum requirements (two years)
    • 4 semester credit hours of clinical research project requirements
  • Successful completion of Professionalization Group
  • Successful completion of the Scientific Capstone no later than the end of the fifth year
  • Successful completion of the Clinical Research Project
  • Successful completion of the Clinical Capstone Sequence
  • Successful completion of a one-year, full-time internship or its equivalent
  • GPA of at least a “B” (3.0 on a scale of 4.0), with no more than two grades lower than “B”, and a grade of “B”, or better in all non-elective courses

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU's doctorate in clinical psychology program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


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