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D.Sc. In Combat Sports Medicine Psychophysiology

The Department of Psychophysiology provides a D.Sc. in Combat Sports Medicine Applied Psychophysiology to prepare graduates to pursue careers in a professional practice in the Combat Sports Profession informed by a scientific understanding of mind and body.

For licensed health professionals, this curriculum provides a additional skills and concepts and skills that are complimentary for practical application in most specialty areas of medicine and mental health. Students entering this  program will learn to assess and assist individuals to perform better through behavioral control of their physiological systems. Optimal performance skills are very popular in combat sports as well as within education, business, military, and clinical environments.


Students entering the Combat Sports Medicine Psychophysiology doctoral program must have completed a master's degree from CCP or a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrolment. Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 76 credits.  By approval, CCP may accept graduate transfer credits into the D.Sc. degree in Combat Sports Medicine Psychophysiolog from other regionally accredited colleges and universities prior to entrance. Transfer credits must be from courses substantially similar to those offered by the Department. They are applied to reduce the required number of elective or required courses for degree completion. Alternately, they may be waived without granting credit so students can take other electives in place of the transferred courses. Suitability of the proposed courses for transfer to the intended degree are determined by the Department Head.  If a student has taken more than nine credits of past graduate courses matching required courses, or can demonstrate learning equivalent to a required course, the required course(s) may be waived without credit, and students will take additional elective(s) in their place. For further details regarding transfer credit policies, or further information on admission into the Psychophysiology program after completion of a master's degree at CCP, contact the Applied Psychophysiology Department Head.

Note, this program is not a clinical medicine or psychology program. However, it can offer more flexibility in program planning to those wishing to enhance and further develop their clinical knowledge and expertise, but who do not intend to use the degree to qualify for licensure in the field of clinical medicine or clinical psychology.


Students in the D.Sc. degree program in Combat Sports Medicine Applied Psychophysiology  pursue a 25-credit sequence of core courses in Applied Psychophysiology, 18 credits in specialization courses, and 12 credits of psychophysiological relevant elective courses. This training prepares graduates for a broad range of employment opportunities in medical and mental healthcare, stress management, optimal functioning, sports and mental health coaching, and wellness education. Students in the D.Sc. degree program in Combat Sports Medicine Applied Psychophysiology  also complete a 21-credit sequence of research courses, culminating in a doctoral dissertation and oral defense of the dissertation. Students carry out several original research projects, including the doctoral dissertation, on topics relevant to psychophysiological assessments and interventions in areas such as sports, optimal functioning and health care.

Total Degree Credits (During Years Of Completion) 76



Core Requirements- 25 credits

General Electives -12 credits

APH Electives or APH Specialization-18 credits

Research courses -21 credits

Core Requirements- 25 credits

MSP 4101- Fundamentals of Psychophysiology 3 credit(s)

MSP 4001- Human Behavioral Biology 3 credit(s)

MSP 4105- Fundamentals of Psyspirology 3 credit(s)

MSP 4107- Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology 3 credit(s)

MSP 4106- Essentials of Pharmacokinetics 3 credit(s)

MSP 4104- Fundamentals of Biofeedback 3 credit(s)

MSP 4108- Essentials of Pathophysiology 3 credit(s)

MSP 4103- Environmental Cultural Influences 3 credit(s)

MSP 4201- Graduate Colloquium 1 credit(s)


General Electives -12 credits

MSP 4102- Psychophysiological Research 3 credit(s)
COA 5628- Coaching In The Application Of Motivation 3 credit(s)

COA 5632- Coaching In The Application Of Achievement 3 credit(s)

COA 5700- Coaching In The Application Of Fulfillment 3 credit(s)

APH Electives or APH Specialization-18 credits
MSP 4202-Concussion Prevention & Protocol 3 credit(s)

MSP 4203 - Combat Sports Optimal Performance I 3 credit(s)

MSP 4204 - Combat Sports Optimal Performance II 3 credit(s)

APH 5101- Advanced Psychophysiological Recording, Assessment, and Interventions 3 credit(s)

APH 5071- Advanced Anatomy and Physiology for Psychophysiologists 3 credit(s)

APH 5271- Advanced Psyspirology 3 credit(s)

Research courses -21 credits

MBM 5500-Regulatory Ethics in Healthcare 3 credit(s)

MBM 1009- Quality Of Information In Psychophysiological Research 3 credit(s)

APH 5121- Methodology in Psychophysiological Research 3 credit(s)

APH 5122- Data Interpretation & Analysis in Psychophysiological Research 3 credit(s)

APH 5123- Practice Application Of Research Studies in Psychophysiology 3 credit(s

MBM 9501 – D.Sc. Dissertation Proposal 3 credit(s)

MBM 9601 – D.Sc. Dissertation Research 3 credit(s)


Throughout the program, students may attend several monthly web based seminars and attend three in-person training sessions per year. Each session is approximately five days long. Two occur during CCP’s residential conferences and one during the annual meeting of the professional organization, The North America Board Of Certified Psychophysiologists. Students continue attend the residential conferences until they complete all coursework other than the dissertation.


After completion of all coursework and prior to the dissertation defense, each student has to pass a written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is made up of multiple choice, open ended and short answer questions covering each of the courses in the student's doctoral studies in psychophysiology. Additionally, each examination will include two essay questions for each of the lecture courses they have taken in the program. The student selects one of the two questions for each course to answer. The questions will evaluate student's practical understanding of the course content and subject matter and measure the student's practical ability to apply concepts related to applied psychophysiology rather than requiring a list of facts from purely memorization.

The student must obtain a score of 80% of the questions to pass the exam. A student who fails the comprehensive may attempt questions from the failed subject after 30 days. Different questions will be used for each subsequent attempt. If the student does not pass on the third attempt the student will be required the repeat the course work done in that particular subject upon the recommendation of the their Professor and the Department Chair. If no recommendation can be obtained that the student will be dismissed from the program.


Students develop their dissertations with the assistance of a pre-arranged Academic Adviser and a dissertation committee. Dissertations are designed to produce novel information related to psychophysiology based on a study performed using subjects and to be of sufficient quality, that its results could be published in a peer reviewed journal such as Journal Clinical Psychophysiology. Students must orally defend both the protocol the dissertation study is based on and then of the dissertation's results when it is completed to the members of the dissertation committee.


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