School Psychology Affiliation with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

The University of Scranton and PCOM maintain articulation agreements to provide qualified Scranton students with a quicker and smoother pathway to complete a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in School Psychology. These agreements allow Scranton students to complete their psychology bachelor’s and their school psychology Psy.D. in less time. Up to 30 credits of PCOM graduate coursework count toward the Scranton undergraduate degree. That saves students money and time -- roughly equivalent to one year -- over the entirety of the two degrees.

The Agreement between PCOM and Scranton enables qualified Scranton students to:

  • Complete three years at the University and enter the Doctor of Psychology Program in School Psychology at PCOM (3+ early entry option); or
  • Complete the Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Scranton and enter the Doctor of Psychology Program in School Psychology at PCOM (4+ option).

Students interested in taking advantage of these agreements should contact the Psychology Chairperson, Dr. Christie Karpiak (christie.karpiak@scranton.edu), for more information. 

Accelerated M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the University of Scranton

Scranton’s Psychology Department and the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program codirect an accelerated program that awards an in-person B.S. in Psychology and an online M.S. in ABA. This program began in Fall 2023.

Students interested in the Accelerated BS in Psychology and MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program may apply as sophomores or juniors to reserve a seat and maximize their program completion and academic advising. Admitted students will need to achieve GPAs of at least 3.5 after 64 semester hours, 3.4 after 80 semester hours, 3.3 after 96 semester hours, or 3.2 after 112 semester hours to be eligible for the accelerated program.

Psychology majors admitted to the accelerated M.S. program may begin taking the online graduate classes as early as the Fall semester of their junior year to maximize graduate credits during the undergraduate matriculation. They are permitted to take a maximum of 3 graduate credits per term while still classified as undergraduate students, up to a total of 12 graduate credits.

Following is the curriculum for the accelerated Psychology B.S. & Applied Behavior Analysis M.S. 

 Department and Number - Title of Course

Fall Cr.

Spr. Cr.

 

First Year

 

 

 

MAJOR - ELECT

PSYC 110 - (S) Fundamentals of Psychology —
MAJOR ELECT - Psychology Elective

3

3

 

GE EP

PSYC 140 - (FYOC, FYDT) Current Topics in Psychological Science or another EP course

3

 

 

GE QUAN

MATH - Mathematics Elective

3

 

 

GE S/BH

S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavioral Elective

 

3

 

GE WRTG 

WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition 

 

3

 

GE HUMN

HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective

 

3

 

GE PHIL

PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy —
PHIL 210 - Ethics 

3

3

 

GE FSEM

First Year Seminar

 

 

 

 

 

12

15

 

Second Year

 

 

 

MAJOR

PSYC 211 - Research Methods and Statistical
Analysis I —
PSYC 212 - (EPW) Research Methods and Statistical Analysis II 

4

4

 

MAJOR

MAJOR ELECT - Psychology Electives

3

3

 

GE ELECT

FREE ELECT - Free Electives

 

6

 

GE NSCI

NSCI ELECT - Natural Science Electives

3

3

 

GE S/BH

S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavior Science Elective

3

 

 

GE HUMN

HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective

3

 

 

MAJOR

PSYC 390 - Career Development in Psychology 

 

1

 

 

16

17

 

Third Year

 

 

 

MAJOR

MAJOR ELECT - Psychology Electives

6

9

 

GE HUMN

HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective

3

 

 

GE T/RS

T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I —
T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II 

3

3

 

ABA MS

ABA 605 - Philosophical Underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis —
ABA 600 - Concepts and Principles of ABA 

3

3

 

 

 

15

15

 

Fourth Year

 

 

 

MAJOR

MAJOR ELECTIVE - Psychology Elective

3

 

 

MAJOR

PSYC 490 - Senior Seminar I —
PSYC 491 - (EPW) Senior Seminar II 

1.5

1.5

 

GE PHIL or T/RS

PHIL ELECT- Philosophy or T/RS ELECT - Theology Elective

3

 

 

GE HUMN

HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective

 

3

 

GE ELECT

FREE ELECT - Free Electives

3

12

 

ABA MS

ABA 640 - Measurement and Experimental Design in ABA 

3

 

 

 

 

13.5

16.5

 

 Fifth Year

 

 

 

 

 

 SU 1

  Fall

 Spring

 SU 2

ABA MS

ABA 590 - Capstone or ABA 599 - Thesis 

3

 

 

3

ABA MS

ABA ELECT - ABA Elective

3

 

 

 

ABA MS

ABA 610 - Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis 

 

3

 

 

ABA MS

ABA 615 - Behavior Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis 

 

3

 

 

ABA MS

ABA 625 - Behavior-Change Procedures in Applied Behavior Analysis 

 

3

 

 

ABA MS

ABA 635 - Personnel Supervision and Management Interventions 

 

 

3

 

ABA MS

ABA 545 - Basic Behavior Analysis 

 

 

3

 

ABA MS

ABA ELECTIVE - ABA Elective

 

 

 

3

 

 

6

9

6

6

 

Total: 147 Credits

*The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the MS in ABA core courses as meeting the coursework requirement for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Students will also need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

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