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. We are also committed to maintaining our APA accreditation for at least the near future. Our next APA site visit is in 2018. In 2017, we instituted a comprehensive curriculum improvement plan designed to enhance our training in accord with new APA requirements. We hope to obtain continued accreditation by APA after our 2018 site visit. APA accredits programs for up to 10 years after a site visit.

After that point, however, we will re-evaluate our APA accreditation. This evaluation will occur on at least an annual basis according to our own internal criteria. Those criteria 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 at the end of the next cycle, which we hope will be in 2028. Each year we will update this statement with our current intent and specify at what point we believe incoming students might be affected by our deliberations. We do not believe our plans will affect students entering in 2018. 

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