FAQ Regarding Transfer to the CNU College of Psychology

What is CNU offering?

The College of Psychology is extending an invitation to any first year Clinical Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) students currently enrolled at Argosy University to apply for immediate admission in order to complete their current semester at our institution free of any tuition or academic fees. After earning their credits for the first year, the same students will have the opportunity to continue in the California Northstate University – Doctor of Psychology program as if they had entered the program at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, or transfer to another school if admitted.


Do I have any financial obligation?

No.  Students who enter the College of Psychology under the above invitation will earn their credits for this semester free of any tuition or fee charged by CNU. After the 2018-2019 academic year, those who students who remain at CNU will be responsible for tuition and fees for their second and subsequent years just like any other CNU College of Psychology student.


After this semester, do I need to stay at CNU?

No. After the completion of the semester, students may transfer to another institution if so admitted.


I have already missed over a month of instruction. How is this going work?

Our semester started on January 28th so as of this writing, students will have missed 6 weeks of instruction. Because students coming from Argosy University will not have completed the full 15 weeks of a semester, we will provide a 3 week summer intensive program to ensure that students are allowed the opportunity to receive all necessary hours to earn full credits in each course.


Are there tuition or fees associated with these summer courses?

No. There are no tuition or fees for Argosy transfer students associated with this coming summer’s accelerated classes.


Are the courses offered for this semester the same as in the Argosy curriculum?

No. Students would be attending the following Spring 2019 classes with our current first-year cohort:

Year 1: Spring
PSY 602 Foundations of Behavior: Developmental
PSY 604 Psychopathology: Child/Adolescent
PSY 608 Standards and Ethics
PSY 614 Research Methods and Statistics 2
PSY 651 Practicum Preparation 2


How will my first semester at Argosy be treated?

The curriculums of the Argosy and CNU PsyD programs overlap in many critical areas. In reviewing and comparing the sequences of classes for each first year cohort, it appears that those students entering our current cohort and continuing to year 2 will need to take

PSY 613: Research Methods and Statistics 1 and PSY 601: Foundations of Behavior: Biological.

These courses will be offered in an accelerated format during the summer so that those students who wish to continue at CNU will have the same knowledge base as non-transfer students. Due the differences in curriculum, some of our second year classes cover similar material to those found in the first year of Argosy’s program.


8. Are there any other requirements to continue at CNU for the second and subsequent years of the program?

Students wishing to remain at CNU will have to submit the standard application materials for review and processing; however, a student from Argosy who meets our admissions requirements and who has retained at least a 3.0 grade point average during the current semester will be accepted into our program.


Are you APA accredited?

The College of Psychology is pursuing American Psychological Association accreditation. This takes place in three phases. The first step is a voluntary application for “Intent to Apply” status. This step has been completed with our self-study submitted to the APA in August 2018 and their formal response received in November 2018. To learn more about our current status, please use the following link: https://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/eligible

Once two classes are enrolled in our program, with one engaged in practicum service, we can apply for “Accredited, on contingency” status. This requires a second self-study and a site visit by APA. We will submit our documentation in September 2019 with the anticipation of a site visit in either spring or summer of 2020. If successful, the program will then be considered APA accredited and students will be able to take advantage of all the benefits such accreditation offers. For more information about this level of accreditation, see here. After our inaugural class has completed their internship, the College of Psychology can apply for full accreditation from APA. The earliest this can occur is the spring of 2023. This requires a third self-study with proximal and distal data and a second site visit. If successful the PsyD program will be granted full accreditation by the APA.

California Northstate University including its College of Psychology program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.


Do you accept Title 4 funding?

California Northstate University is eligible, but chooses not to participate in federal student aid programs, and therefore does not accept funding from the Title 4 program. Financial Aid questions can be addressed to our financial aid office.


Who do I need to contact to participate in this program? What if I have additional questions?

Please contact our Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at 916-686-8668 or email psyadmissions@cnsu.edu for questions and case-by-case considerations.