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Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PROGRAMS


There are several important eligibility requirements for participating in Psychology Training in the VA. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the document linked here prior to applying.  The document provides specific information regarding eligibility requirements and information regarding the process of being appointed to a VA position following the selection process.

Eligibility Requirements

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR INTERNSHIP


Internship applicants also must meet these criteria to be considered for any VA Psychology Internship Program:

  1. Doctoral student in good standing at an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined psychology or Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited program in Clinical Science. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for respecialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible.
  2. Approved for internship status by graduate program training director.

 

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP


Postdoctoral fellowship applicants also must meet the following criteria to be considered for any VA Psychology Postdoctoral Program:

  1. Have received a doctorate from an APA or CPA accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science program. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for respecialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible.
  2. Have completed an internship program accredited by APA or CPA or have completed a VA-sponsored internship.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR VA EMPLOYMENT


To be eligible for employment as a VA Psychologist, a person must be a U.S. citizen and must have completed an APA, or CPA accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined psychology or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science program AND must have completed an APA or CPA accredited internship in Psychology, with the emphasis area of the degree consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. The only exception is for those who complete a new VA internship that is not yet accredited.