Clinical Sciences Accreditation Information

The clinical program at Washington University in St Louis has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1948. Since 2010 we have also been accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). The number of PCSAS-accredited programs continues to grow each year. In addition, PCSAS-accreditation is becoming more widely recognized by both state licensing boards and national organizations. For those reasons, we believe it is important that future students know our intentions regarding our current dual accreditation.


We firmly commit to continuing PCSAS accreditation because our program identifies with the clinical science model of training. The PCSAS system is thus entirely in keeping with what we believe is best for our students. Our next APA site visit is scheduled for 2028. We are currently evaluating whether we wish to retain our APA accreditation. Our criteria for evaluation focus on what is best for training and outcomes for our students (including, for example, the ability to obtain licensure to practice as a psychologist). We anticipate that we might drop APA accreditation prior to the next required site visit. We will update this statement as to the implications for 2021 applicants prior to the deadline for application in 2021. 


More information regarding the factors motivating this statement and our future decisions


American Psychological Association

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

750 First Street, NE Washington, DC  20002-4242

Phone: 202-336-5979


Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)

Alan G. Kraut, Executive Director  

1800 Massachusetts Ave NW · Suite 402


Ph: (301) 455-8046