Indiana Psychology Licensure Requirements
In Indiana, the Indiana State Psychology Board is responsible for issuing licenses to practicing psychologists. To become a practicing psychologist in Indiana, you will need to complete certain educational requirements (including a doctoral degree in psychology), submit an application to the Board, obtain supervised experience, and pass national and state exams. There are many details to keep track of and milestones to meet during this process, so we’ve prepared a step-by-step guide to help you through it. On this page is detailed information about becoming a licensed psychologist in Indiana, including answers to questions such as:
» How do I become a psychologist in Indiana?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Indiana.
» What are Indiana’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Indiana?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Indiana by endorsement?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Indiana?
» How much do psychologists in Indiana make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Indiana
There are three main steps to becoming a licensed psychologist in Indiana. First, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree. Then, you will need to complete graduate studies in psychology–either a master’s and a doctoral degree or just a doctoral degree. After you have finished your doctoral degree, you must earn a certain number of supervised work hours and submit an application to become licensed as a psychologist in Indiana. Below are detailed instructions for each of these steps.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
The first step to becoming a licensed psychologist in Indiana is to complete a bachelor’s degree. Although it can be helpful later on to major in psychology while you are completing this degree, it is not necessary and many people study other subjects at this stage. A bachelor’s degree typically takes about four years (120 credit hours) of full-time attendance and when you are finished you will likely be awarded either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Both of these degrees will help you meet the educational prerequisites for graduate programs in psychology.
An optional step after completing your bachelor’s degree is to apply to programs that offer a stand-alone master’s degree. This is an optional step, as you will likely earn a master’s degree as part of your doctoral program (see Step 2). However, a stand-alone master’s degree can be helpful if you did not major in psychology for your bachelor’s degree or if you want more time or experience before committing to attending a doctoral program. Master’s degree programs typically take about two years (35-45 credit hours) of full-time attendance, and may involve studying general psychology or focusing on a specialty area. Master’s programs in psychology may award either Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degrees.
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
The next step to becoming a licensed psychologist in Indiana is to earn either a a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree. Although there are similarities between the requirements for these degrees, there are also some important differences. If you are unsure which degree is the best fit for you, visit the American Psychological Association’s (APA) page discussing these degrees.
Doctoral programs in psychology usually take four to seven years to complete if you are attending school full-time. To become licensed in Indiana as a psychologist providing health services (e.g., therapy, assessment), you must attend a program in clinical, counseling, or school psychology, or a program that the Board approves as being focused on applied health services. Most programs in these areas require a one-year internship as part of their training, but be aware when applying for internships that Indiana requires you to complete at least 1,500 hours of supervised work during that placement to be eligible for licensure (see the section on supervised hours requirements below).
For more information about doctoral programs in Indiana, please visit our page on Psychology Schools in Indiana.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Indiana.
After you have completed your doctoral degree, you will be prepared to begin the process of obtaining your license to practice psychology in Indiana. To do this, you will need to submit an application to the Board, submit to a background check, and pass both a national and a state exam. If you are planning to provide health services such as therapy and assessment, you will also need to complete a certain number of supervised postdoctoral hours and apply for endorsement as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. Below is a guide to help you through each of these steps.
Indiana Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Submit an application for licensure to the Board.
The first step towards licensure is to complete and submit Indiana’s Application for Licensure to Practice Psychology in Indiana by Examination, which asks for information about your educational background and qualifications. You will also need to request that your graduate transcripts be sent to the Board. A $100 application fee should be sent with your application. If you have any questions about the materials needed to complete this step, the Board has a helpful checklist to reference.
2. Complete a background check.
After your application has been received and processed, you will need to complete a background check. The Board will notify you by email when they are ready for you to complete this. Although this email should contain instructions for this background check, you can visit Indiana’s Criminal Background Check Instructions page for more information.
3. Pass the Indiana psychology licensing exams.
To become licensed in Indiana, there are two exams you will need to pass. The first exam is Indiana’s jurisprudence exam, a written test that assesses knowledge of legal and ethical standards relevant to the practice of psychology in Indiana. After the Board has reviewed your application and your background check has been completed, they will notify you that you are eligible to take the jurisprudence exam and will provide instructions.
After you have passed the jurisprudence exam, the Board will notify you that you are eligible to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), a national exam that assesses general psychology knowledge. The EPPP consists of 225 multiple-choice items, and you must earn a scaled score of 500 or higher to pass. It costs a total of $687.50 to register to for the EPPP.
After you have successfully passed the EPPP, your initial psychologist license should be granted. This license allows you to practice independently as a psychologist in non-clinical roles (e.g., research, teaching). However, it does not allow you to work independently with patients. In order to provide health services, you will need to complete two more steps to obtain endorsement as a Health Service Provider in Psychology (see Step 4 and Step 5 below).
4. Complete two years of supervised professional experience (SPE) in your area of training.
Before applying for endorsement as a Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP), you will need to complete two years of supervised professional experience (SPE). The first year (1,500 hours) must be completed as part of an internship prior to completing your doctoral degree. This must be an established internship program set in a health service setting with a training director, more than one psychologist-level supervisor, and more than one intern.
The second year (1,600 SPE hours) can be fulfilled through practicum placements during your doctoral program, supervised postdoctoral work, or a combination of the two. For a clinical experience to count towards these hours, you must receive supervision from a licensed psychologist (at least one hour of supervision for every ten hours of work), and at least 50% of your time must be spent providing clinical services to patients or engaging in activities related to clinical services.
5. Apply for HSPP endorsement.
After you have completed all of your SPE hours, you will be eligible to apply for HSPP endorsement. For this step, you will need to submit the Application for Endorsement as a Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP). This application includes sections where you will provide information about your education and training, as well as sections you will need to provide to your supervisors so that they can verify your SPE. When you submit this application, you will also need to pay a $100 application fee.
6. Receive your application from the Board.
After your application for HSPP endorsement has been reviewed, the Board will notify you when it has been granted. You cannot begin providing health services independently before you receive this notification.
Indiana Licensure by Reciprocity
If you are already licensed as a psychologist in another state, you may be interested in transferring your license to Indiana. To be eligible for licensure through reciprocity, you must have an active license from another state and have been practicing psychology regularly since it was issued. You must also have previously passed the EPPP and not have any criminal history that could affect your ability to practice.
If you meet these criteria, applying for licensure through reciprocity is a fairly easy process. First, you will need to complete the Application for Licensure to Practice Psychology in Indiana by Examination and pay the $100 application fee. After your application has been reviewed by the Board, they will provide you with instructions for taking the Indiana jurisprudence exam. After you have completed this exam, you will be notified when your Indiana license has been issued.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
Once you have received your license in Indiana, you will need to make sure that it remains active for as long as you are practicing. For this, you will need to renew your license by August 31 of every even-numbered year. To apply for renewal, complete and submit the Psychologist Renewal Document along with a $100 renewal fee.
Psychologists with HSPP endorsement must also complete 40 continuing education (CE) hours during each two-year period to be eligible for renewal. At least 20 of these hours must come from “Category I” activities, which are formal educational activities such as courses and workshops. No more than 20 hours can come from “Category II” activities, which are more informal or individualized (e.g., journal clubs, case conferences). Additionally, at least six of the total required hours must be on topics related to ethics, and three of these ethics hours must come from Category I activities. If you earn more than 40 CE hours during a renewal period, you cannot carry any extra over to the next period.
Indiana Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average psychologist salary in Indiana, exdluduing teachers, is $76,335.1 Counseling, clinical, and school psychologists have an average annual salary of $67,440, and psychologists in the “all other” category earn an average salary of $85,230.1 Postsecondary psychology teachers earn an average of $84,870 annually.1
The number of new psychologist jobs in Indiana is expected to increase between 2016 and 2026, indicating a good outlook for people considering employment as psychologists there.2 Across all areas of psychology for which data are available, jobs are expected to increase by an average of 13.95%.2 The highest number of new jobs is expected in the field of clinical, counseling, and school psychology, where jobs are expected to increase by 15.1%.2 Psychology jobs in the “all other” category are expected to increase by 12.8%.2
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||1,410||$67,440|
|Psychologists, All Other||180||$85,230|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||640||$84,870|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.1
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to become a psychologist in Indiana?
To become a psychologist in Indiana, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree, as well as a certain amount of supervised experience. Although the exact amount of time this can take depends on a variety of factors, it generally takes a total of about 10 years.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Indiana?
To be a licensed psychologist in Indiana, you need to complete either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree.
How much do psychologists in Indiana make?
Across all areas of psychology, the average psychologist salary (excluding educators) is $76,335 per year.1 When looking at specific areas, average salaries range from $67,440 (clinical, counseling, and school psychologists) to $85,230 (“all other” psychologists).1
- Indiana State Psychology Board – State Board overseeing psychology licensure.
- Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) – State organization promoting and advocating for psychologists; includes information on CE credit opportunities.
- Indiana Association of School Psychologists (IASP) – State organization in support of school psychologists.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – National organization for psychologists.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Indiana: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_in.htm
2. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm