Registering for the Match
Doctoral Programs that have been approved as APPIC Doctoral Program Associates (DPAs) and have paid their annual fees to APPIC are registered for the Match automatically. Doctoral Programs do not register directly with NMS.
Only doctoral programs that are APPIC DPAs may have their students participate in the Match.
APPIC notifies NMS directly of all doctoral programs that are paid DPAs. These programs are identified as DPAs in the List of Eligible Doctoral Programs on this website.
NMS sends an email to each APPIC DPA to confirm information about the program, including the name and contact information for the Director of Clinical Training (DCT). If your doctoral program is a DPA and has not received an email from NMS, please contact NMS.
Other than responding to the email from NMS, DCTs do not need to do anything further to register their doctoral programs for the Match. Eligible doctoral programs are able to monitor their students' registration for and participation in the Match. They will also be notified of the Match results obtained by their students in each Phase of the Match.
NMS sends initial login credentials to each eligible DPA in August, to enable them to access the NMS Match System.
Doctoral Programs that are not APPIC DPAs cannot send students into the Match. However, their students may be able to participate in the APPIC Post-Match Vacancy Service (PMVS) if they meet certain eligibility criteria established by APPIC. Doctoral Programs whose students are eligible for the PMVS but not the Match are also identified in the List of Eligible Doctoral Programs
Become an APPIC Doctoral Program Associate
To become a DPA, a program must comply with APPIC's Doctoral Program Associate Policy, apply to and be approved by APPIC, and pay an annual fee to APPIC.