Professional Licensure Disclosures

Disclosures

Professional Licensure

Academic Program Professional Licensure Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2020, new USDOE regulations, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) and 34 CFR 668.43 (c) require disclosures by institutions regarding educational requirements for programs leading to professional licensure or certification, regardless of modality. 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) requires an institution to disclose whether programs leading to professional licensure or certification meet each state's educational requirements. 

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) makes every effort to ensure state licensure or certification information is current; however, state requirements may change. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program.

For more information on professional licensure preparation in clinical psychology, please contact Dr. Leilani Feliciano at lfelicia@uccs.edu or visit UCCS’ professional licensure disclosure page.

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is accredited by APA (American Psychological Association). APA accreditation is recognized in all 50 states as providing required education for psychology license eligibility.  State Boards of Psychology determine training requirements for licensure and typically include post-doctoral training as well as examinations beyond the educational requirements so a doctoral degree from UCCS in Clinical Psychology is not sufficient to meet licensure requirements in every state.  Students should confirm state licensing requirements directly with the state they are interested in licensure.  ASPPB (Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards) provides a compendium called PsyBook https://www.asppb.net/page/psybook which summarizes requirements for each state that may be a helpful resource for students determining vocational location and licensing requirements.

Generally, the way licensure works in clinical psychology, is (1) complete an approved education program.  APA accredited programs are recognized in all states although some states impose additional education and training requirements; (2) complete an APPIC (Association of Psychology and Postdoctoral Internship Centers) accredited full-time one year internship—internship is a requirement for the degree if you are in an APA accredited program such as UCCS and APPIC coordinates a nationwide internship match for students each year; (3) complete a 1 year post-doctoral fellowship with supervised clinical experience under the appropriate license or registration for the state you are located in (some states do not require a post-doc); (4) take the national (EPPP—Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) and state examinations required; (5) complete any additional requirements for the state you are seeking licensure in (typically background checks and credential verifications, however some states have some specific training requirements as well). 

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at UCCS produces graduates who are successfully licensed in many states. To our knowledge, no UCCS graduate has been turned down for licensure due to insufficiencies in the education and training UCCS provides, but as noted above some states do have additional training and education requirements and most states have post-doctoral clinical supervision requirements as well.

Our understanding of how UCCS educational requirements meets state licensure for each state is below.  This list is based largely on the annual review by ASPPB to give you a general idea of how well training at UCCS fits with the educational requirements of each state.  You should directly check the web sites of the State Licensing Board for which you are interested for the most accurate and up to date information on educational and other requirements for licensure as there is no guarantee that our summary or ASPPB’s is entirely accurate and up to date.

State Licensing Boards

Alabama

Board of Examiners in Psychology  http://psychology.alabama.gov/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Alabama educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Alaska

The Board of Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners  https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofPsychologists.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Alaska educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Arizona

Board of Psychologist Examiners  https://psychboard.az.gov/verification-license

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Arizona educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Arkansas

Psychology Board  https://www.ark.org/abep/index.html

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Arkansas educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

California

Board of Psychology  https://www.psychology.ca.gov/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- does not meet California educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.  California does accept accredited programs like UCCS’ program to meet educational degree requirements; however, California also requires additional specific coursework or continuing education training prior to licensure.  Specifically, CA licensure requires 10 hours of training in human sexuality, 7 hours of training in child abuse assessment, 15 hours in spousal/partner abuse, detection and intervention strategies, 10 hours in aging and long-term care, and 1 semester or 1 quarter term course in alcoholism/chemical dependency detection and treatment. 

Students wishing to become licensed in California are advised to work with the UCCS program to tailor their electives where possible to meet these additional training requirements.  While UCCS’ clinical psychology program does not require this content per se, there are many electives at UCCS through the Counseling Psychology Program and community training events in Colorado Springs through the Pikes Peak Psychological Society or the Colorado Psychological Association that are available for students to assist them in preparing for licensure in California.

Colorado

Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Professions and Occupations  https://dpo.colorado.gov/Psychology

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Colorado educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist in Colorado. Colorado also requires the successful completion of the Jurisprudence Exam, an online exam administered by the Board.

Connecticut

State Department of Public Health.  https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/Psychology/Psychologist-Licensure

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Connecticut educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. CT also requires a jurisprudence exam administered by the Board.

Delaware

Division of Professional Regulation Board of Examiners of Psychologists https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/psychology/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Delaware educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

 

District of Columbia

DC Health Board of Psychology  https://dchealth.dc.gov/node/160282

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets District of Columbia educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. DC also requires a jurisprudence exam administered by the Board.

Florida

Board of Psychology  https://floridaspsychology.gov/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Florida educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.  FL also requires passage of a state exam of psychology laws and rules.

Georgia

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

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Georgia educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. GA also requires a jurisprudence exam administered by the Board and an oral exam.

Hawaii

Department of Commerce and Human Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Division Board of Psychology  http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/psychology/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Hawaii educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. HI also requires a jurisprudence exam administered by the Board.

Idaho

Board of Psychologist Examiners https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=PSY

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Idaho educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Illinois

Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board  https://www.idfpr.com/profs/Boards/PSY.asp

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Illinois educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Indiana

State Psychology Board https://www.in.gov/pla/psych.htm

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Indiana educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. IN also requires a jurisprudence exam administered by the Board.

Iowa

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

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Iowa educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Kansas

Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board  https://ksbsrb.ks.gov/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Kansas educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. KS also requires the passage of a state exam.

 

Kentucky

Public Protection Cabinet Office of Occupations and Professions Board of Psychology http://psy.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Kentucky educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. KY also requires that you pass two state exams: mental health law (written), ethical principles and professional practice (oral).

 

Louisiana

State Board of Examiners of Psychologists  http://www.lsbep.org/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Louisiana educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Maine

Board of Examiners of Psychologists https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/psychologists/index.html

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Maine educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. ME also requires a jurisprudence exam for licensure.

Maryland

Department of Health Board of Examiners of Psychologists https://health.maryland.gov/psych/Pages/home.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Maryland educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. MD also requires jurisprudence exam for licensure.

 

Massachusetts

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

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Massachusetts educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

 

Michigan

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Board of Psychology https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27552---,00.html

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- does not meet Michigan educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. Michigan does accept accredited programs like UCCS’ program to meet the educational degree requirements; but Michigan also requires additional specific coursework or continuing education training prior to licensure.  Specifically, Michigan requires additional training in identifying victims of human trafficking before being approved for licensure.  See Michigan admin code R.338-2525 for several possibilities that meet this requirement ranging from reading an article to taking a continuing education workshop https://casetext.com/regulation/michigan-administrative-code/department-licensing-and-regulatory-affairs/bureau-of-professional-licensing/board-of-psychology/board-of-psychology-general-rules/part-1-general-provisions/section-r-3382525-training-standards-for-identifying-victims-of-human-trafficking-requirements

Minnesota

Board of Psychology  https://mn.gov/boards/psychology/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--accredited by APA -- meets Minnesota educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. MN also requires a Professional responsibility exam.

 

Mississippi

Board of Psychology https://www.psychologyboard.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Mississippi educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. MI also requires a jurisprudence exam.

Missouri

Division of Professional Registration Committee of Psychologists  https://pr.mo.gov/psychologists.asp

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology--- accredited by APA -- meets Missouri educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Montana

Department of Labor & Industry Board of Psychology  http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/psy
Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-accredited accredited by APA -- meets Montana educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. MT requires an oral exam administered by the Board that will focus on professional ethics, candidate’s knowledge and judgement.

Nebraska

Department of Health & Human Services Psychology  http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Psychology.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets Nebraska educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. NE also requires a state jurisprudence exam.

Nevada

Board of Psychological Examiners  http://psyexam.nv.gov/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets Nevada educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. NV also requires a state exam.

New Hampshire

Board of Psychologists  https://www.oplc.nh.gov/psychologists/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets New Hampshire educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. NH also requires a state exam.

New Jersey

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs State Board of Psychological Affairs https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/psy/Pages/default.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets New Jersey educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. NJ also requires a state jurisprudence exam.

New Mexico

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

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets New Mexico educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. NM also requires a jurisprudence exam and completion of educational modules created by board to demonstrate awareness and knowledge of NM cultures.

New York

Office of the Professions:  Psychology  http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/psych/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA --  does not meet New York educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.  New York's required coursework includes at least three graduate semester hours or five graduate quarter hours in each of the following seven substantive content areas: biological basis of behavior; cognitive-affective basis of behavior; social basis of behavior; individual differences; psychometrics; history and systems of psychology; and research design, methodology, and statistics. UCCS’ program is aligned with the most up-to-date standards of APA accreditation which does not specify 3 semester hours of coverage in history and systems (1.5 semester hours at UCCS).  UCCS does require three semester hours in the remaining 6 areas.  New York does not specify that they accept APA accreditation without additional course review.  Therefore, students intending to apply for licensure in New York are advised to work closely with UCCS’ Director of Clinical Training to choose electives available at UCCS that will meet New York's requirements.

North Carolina

Psychology Board  http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets North Carolina educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. NC does also require a state exam.

North Dakota

State Board of Psychology Examiners  http://www.ndsbpe.org/index.html

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology -- accredited by APA -- does not meet North Dakota educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.  North Dakota accepts accredited programs like UCCS’ program to meet educational degree requirements; but North Dakota specifies that telepsychology may not replace face to face supervision requirements.  During the COVID pandemic, UCCS is utilizing telehealth to replace many previously in person client and supervision sessions.  It is advised that students interested in North Dakota check directly with the North Dakota licensing authority regarding COVID exceptions for telepsychology.  UCCS plans to return to face to face services and supervision when it is safe to do so and expects to meet North Dakota requirements at that time even if North Dakota does not make COVID adjustments to its expectations. ND does also require a Professional Responsibility exam.

Ohio

Board of Psychology  https://psychology.ohio.gov/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets Ohio educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. OH also requires a state oral examination.

Oklahoma

State Board of Examiners of Psychologists  https://www.ok.gov/psychology/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets Oklahoma educational requirements to apply for licensure as a Practice Under Supervision Psychologist (Institutional or Private Practice).  Ok also requires a jurisprudence exam.  

Oregon

Board of Psychology.  https://www.oregon.gov/psychology/pages/index.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA -- meets Oregon educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. OR also requires a jurisprudence exam.

Pacific Territories

UCCS has not determined whether completion of the doctoral program in clinical psychology -- accredited by APA --meets educational requirements to apply for registration or licensure as psychologist in Pacific Territories.

Pennsylvania

State Board of Psychology  https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Psychology/Pages/default.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Pennyslvania educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. PA also requires a state Psychology Law Examination.

Puerto Rico

UCCS has not determined whether completion of the doctoral program in clinical psychology -- accredited by APA --meets educational requirements to apply for registration or licensure as psychologist in Puerto Rico.

Rhode Island

Department of Health:  Psychology  https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=241

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology- accredited by APA and PCSAS-- meets Rhode Island educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

South Carolina

Labor Licensing Regulation Board of Examiners in Psychology  https://llr.sc.gov/psych/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets South Carolina educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. SC also requires an oral examination given by Board.

South Dakota

Board of Examiners of Psychologists  https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/psych/psych.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets South Dakota educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. SD also requires an oral examination given by Board.

Tennessee

Department of Health:  Board of Examiners of Psychology  https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/psychology-board.html

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Tennessee educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. TN also requires a jurisprudence exam.

Texas

Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists  https://www.tsbep.texas.gov/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited accredited by APA -- meets Texas educational requirements to apply for licensure as a provisional psychologist.  Provisional Psychologist is a pre-requisite to full psychologist in Texas.

Utah

Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing:  Psychology  https://dopl.utah.gov/psych/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Utah educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. UT also requires a state Psychologist Law and Ethics Exam.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Board of Psychology Examiners  http://usvipsychologyboard.com/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets U.S. Virgin Islands educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Vermont

Board of Psychological Examiners  https://governor.vermont.gov/boards_and_commissions/psychological_examiners

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Vermont educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. VT also requires a state jurisprudence exam.

Virginia

Department of Health Professions Board of Psychology  https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Psychology/

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Virginia educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

Washington

Examining Board of Psychology  https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Psychologist/BoardInformation

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Washington educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. WA also requires a state jurisprudence exam.

West Virginia

Board of Examiners of Psychologists  https://psychbd.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets West Virginia educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. WV also requires an oral examination.

Wisconsin

Department of Safety and Professional Services:  Psychologist  https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/Psychologist/Default.aspx

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Wisconsin educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist. WI also requires a state jurisprudence exam.

Wyoming

Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board  https://mentalhealth.wyo.gov/home

Completion of UCCS’ doctoral program in clinical psychology-- accredited by APA -- meets Wyoming educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist.

For more information on licensing requirements, including contact information for every state and territory licensing board, please see the Association of State Boards of Professional Psychology (ASBPP) webpage. All states require the completion of supervised predoctoral practicum hours and a predoctoral internship. These aspects are also required for the doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In addition to education requirements for the doctoral degree, however, the majority of jurisdictions require post-doctoral professional experience. These requirements beyond the curricular requirements are described here.