Consumer Disclosure Information: Educational Requirements for Licensure in Psychology

The Clinical Psychology PhD Program in the Department of Psychology at University of Kentucky (referred to as “our Program”) makes every effort to provide education that is compliant with national standards and to prepare students to practice clinical psychology. As recognition of our compliance with national standards, our Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). The practice of psychology, however, is regulated at the state level. State licensing authorities, commonly referred to as “State Boards,” determine the specific educational and training requirements for licensure in their State. Of note, some States require post-doctoral training as well as examinations beyond educational and training requirements.  As such, a PhD degree from our Program in Clinical Psychology is not sufficient, in and of itself, to meet licensure requirements in some states.  Also, please note that in order to obtain licensure as a “Health Services Provider,” you may need an additional year of supervised practice following your doctoral degree.

 

If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state for which you are seeking licensure or certification to obtain information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program.  Given that State requirements for licensure or certification vary and may change over time it is also strongly recommended that you review licensing or certification requirements as you get closer to seeking licensure or certification. You are encouraged to review the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards’ online tool, PsyBook (https://www.asppb.net/page/psybook), which summarizes requirements for most states and territories. You are also encouraged to directly confirm state licensing requirements directly with the state you are interested in seeking licensure or certification. 

 

The Clinical Psychology program at University of Kentucky, to the best of its ability, determined that the curriculum offered by our Program meets – or does not meet – the educational requirements for licensure or certification to practice psychology in each of the States listed in Table 1. For States in which the Program’s educational offerings do not meet a specific State’s requirements for licensure or certification, students may be required to obtain alternate, different, or more courses, or more experiential or clinical hours. These findings are accurate, to the best of our ability, as of June 30, 2020.

 

In the table below, an asterisk (*) indicates that earning a doctoral degree from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) is deemed to meet the educational requirements for licensure in that State. The Clinical Psychology PhD Program in the Department of Psychology at University of Kentucky is currently accredited by APA and PCSAS. Please note that this table does not include an evaluation of state-specific requirements beyond that of educational or curricular requirements.

 

 

Program Satisfies Curricular Requirements?

 

 

State

 

Yes

 

No

Unable to Determine

 

State Professional Association or License Authority and Notes

1.      Alabama

X*

 

 

http://www.psychology.alabama.gov/default.aspx

2.      Alaska

X*

 

 

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofPsychologists.aspx

3.      Arizona

X*

 

 

https://psychboard.az.gov/

4.      Arkansas

X*

 

 

https://psychologyboard.arkansas.gov/

5.      California

 

X

 

https://www.psychology.ca.gov/

Although a doctoral degree in Clinical is required, additional coursework may be required in California, including pre-license curriculum or training in: human sexuality (10 contact hours); alcoholism/chemical dependency detection and treatment (one semester or quarter); child abuse assessment (7 hours); spousal/partner abuse, detection and intervention strategies (15 contact hours); aging and long-term care (10 contact hours).

6.      Colorado

X*

 

 

https://dpo.colorado.gov/Psychology

7.      Connecticut

X*

 

 

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Hearing-Office/Board-of-Examiners-of-Psychologists/Board-of-Examiners-of-Psychologists

8.      Delaware

X*

 

 

https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/psychology/

9.      District of Columbia

X*

 

 

https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/psychology-licensing

10.    Florida

X*

 

 

https://floridaspsychology.gov/

11.    Georgia

X

 

 

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/44

12.    Hawaii

X*

 

 

http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/psychology/

13.    Idaho

X*

 

 

https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=PSY

14.    Illinois

X*

 

 

https://www.idfpr.com/profs/psych.asp

15.    Indiana

X*

 

 

https://www.in.gov/pla/psych.htm

16.    Iowa

X*

 

 

https://www.idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Psychology

17.    Kansas

X*

 

 

https://ksbsrb.ks.gov/

18.    Kentucky

X

 

 

http://psy.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

19.    Louisiana

X

 

 

http://www.lsbep.org/

20.    Maine

X*

 

 

https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/psychologists/

21.    Maryland

X*

 

 

https://health.maryland.gov/psych/Pages/Home.aspx

22.    Massachusetts

X*

 

 

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-psychologists

23.    Michigan

X

 

 

https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27552---,00.html

NOTE: Beginning in March 30, 2022, a one-time training in identifying victims of human trafficking must be completed before licensure

24.    Minnesota

X*

 

 

http://www.psychologyboard.state.mn.us/

25.    Mississippi

X*

 

 

https://www.psychologyboard.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

26.    Missouri

X*

 

 

https://pr.mo.gov/psychologists.asp

27.    Montana

X*

 

 

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/psy

28.    Nebraska

X*

 

 

http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Psychology.aspx

29.    Nevada

X*

 

 

http://psyexam.nv.gov/

30.    New Hampshire

X*

 

 

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/psychologists/

31.    New Jersey

 

X

 

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/psy/

In addition to a doctoral degree from an APA accredited program like the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at UK, New Jersey requires additional semester credits that what we usually offer in: 

·       Personality Theory and Human Development Theory;

·       Learning Theory and/or Physiological Psychology;

·       Psychopathology;

·       Psychological therapy/counseling

32.    New Mexico

X*

 

 

http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Psychologist_Examiners.aspx

33.    New York

 

X

 

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/psych/

New York requires 3 semester credits in individual differences. Individual differences became an optional integrative course in 20-21 for our Program. It also requires one year of post-doctoral supervised experience.

34.    North Carolina

X*

 

 

http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/

35.    North Dakota

X*

 

 

http://ndsbpe.org/index.html

36.    Ohio

X*

 

 

https://psychology.ohio.gov/

37.    Oklahoma

X

 

 

https://www.ok.gov/psychology/

38.    Oregon

X*

 

 

https://www.oregon.gov/psychology/pages/index.aspx

39.    Pennsylvania

X*

 

 

https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Psychology/Pages/default.aspx#.VgG6GN9VhBc

40.    Rhode Island

X*

 

 

https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=241

41.    South Carolina

X*

 

 

https://llr.sc.gov/psych/

42.    South Dakota

X*

 

 

https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/psych/psych.aspx

43.    Tennessee

X*

 

 

https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/psychology-board/psych-board/about.html

44.    Texas

X

 

 

http://www.tsbep.texas.gov/index.php

45.    Utah

X*

 

 

https://dopl.utah.gov/psych/index.html

46.    Vermont

X*

 

 

https://sos.vermont.gov/

47.    Virginia

X*

 

 

http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/psychology/

48.    Washington

X*

 

 

https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Psychologist.aspx

49.    West Virginia

X

 

 

https://psychbd.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

50.    Wisconsin

X

 

 

https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Professions/Psychologist/Default.aspx

51.    Wyoming

X*

 

 

https://psychology.wyo.gov/

           

 

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