Programs Seeking Intent to Apply Status

Updated Sept. 20, 2018

All programs can seek review of “intent to apply” status prior to seeking accredited, on contingency or full accreditation. The application for acknowledgment of “intent” includes documentation related to key standards of accreditation. Review for this status is a document review only. The review is conducted to verify that the essential elements are in place to begin a program and as such is not an accredited status and does not provide the public with a judgment regarding the quality of the program. Rather if a program is approved as “intent” for accreditation, it serves as a notice to the public that the program will be seeking accreditation in the near future.

A program may seek “intent to apply” status at any time, including prior to or after admitting students/interns/residents. The “intent to apply” declaration indicates that once trainees are in place, the program intends to apply for an APA accredited status (either contingent or full accreditation). A doctoral program may be listed as “intent to apply” for a maximum of three years, while an internship or postdoctoral residency program may be listed as “intent to apply” for a maximum of two.

The “intent to apply” declaration is effective as of the date of the Commission's decision to acknowledge the declaration. In any case, a program must notify its publics if it is no longer designated as an “intent to apply” program. Declaration of “intent to apply” is not a requirement for an application for “accredited, on contingency” or “full accreditation.”

The following list indicates that a program's “intent to apply” declaration has been acknowledged by the Commission. Programs granted “intent to apply” status will be listed with programs applying for initial accreditation upon receipt of self-studies and required payment for voluntary application for initial accreditation. Programs not submitting self-studies and required payment for initial accreditation within the requisite timeframe after receiving approval of “intent to apply ” status will be removed from this list.

Further information on the accreditation process is available in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (SoA). For details on providing third-party comment on any of the below programs, please refer to Section 4 of the Accreditation Operating Procedures (PDF, 145KB) or contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at (202) 336-5979 or via email. In order for our office to process third-party testimony in the most efficient manner, we ask that any comments be provided within 45 days after the program's date of application.

Programs seeking “intent to apply” status


Program name

Application received

Acknowledged by the CoA

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans) (Clinical PsyD)

June 6, 2017

July 16, 2017

Auburn University Student Counseling Services (Auburn, Ala.) (Internship)

March 15, 2017

July 16, 2017

Point Park University (Pittsburgh) (Clinical PsyD)

Aug. 18, 2017

Oct. 22, 2017

California Baptist University (Riverside, Calif.) (Clinical PsyD)

Oct. 23, 2017

April 15, 2018

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (Kansas City, Mo.) (Clinical Psy.D.)

Dec. 27, 2017

April 15, 2018

University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, Vt.) (Internship)

Nov. 3, 2017

April 15, 2018

Mississippi State University Student Counseling Services (Starkville, Miss.) (Internship) May 2, 2018 July 22, 2018


Updated Sept. 20, 2018