Kansas Psychology Licensure Requirements
In Kansas, psychology licensure is overseen by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. If you are planning to obtain a license to practice psychology, you will need to complete certain educational requirements, finish supervised work experience, submit an application to the Board, and pass a national exam. If this process seems overwhelming, don’t worry—we’ve prepared this guide to help you through it! On this page, you will find detailed instructions for each step to getting your psychology license in Kansas. We’ve also included answers to commonly asked questions about licensure such as:
» How do I become a psychologist in Kansas?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Kansas.
» What are Kansas’ supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Kansas?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Kansas by reciprocity?
» What other psychology licensure options are there in Kansas?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Kansas?
» How much do psychologists in Kansas make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Kansas
There are three main steps to becoming a licensed psychologist in Kansas. First, you must complete a bachelor’s degree in any subject, and you can choose to complete an optional master’s degree in psychology after it. Next, you will need to earn a doctoral degree from one of the various psychology schools in Kansas or from a school in another state with similar requirements. After you have finished your doctoral degree, you will be prepared to begin the last main step, which is the process of applying for psychology licensure in Kansas.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
The first step towards becoming a licensed psychologist in Kansas is to earn a bachelor’s degree. You can earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, and it is not required that you major in psychology as an undergraduate. Bachelor’s degrees usually take four years (about 120 credit hours) to finish if you are attending school full-time.
Some people choose to complete a stand-alone master’s degree in psychology after they finish their bachelor’s degree. This is optional, and many students earn master’s degrees during their doctoral programs. However, it can be helpful for people who did not study psychology during their bachelor’s degree, as it can give you more experience and industry knowledge to make sure licensure is right for you before applying to doctoral programs. Also, Kansas provides opportunities to become licensed with only a master’s degree (see information about other licenses below) in roles other than clinical psychologist.
If you decide to apply to stand-alone master’s programs, know that you might need to meet educational requirements (such as taking a certain number of psychology courses) and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before you can be admitted. Master’s degree programs usually take about two years (35-45 credit hours) to finish and graduates earn either a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degree. Both of these degrees are acceptable if you are planning to apply to doctoral programs in psychology.
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
The next step towards becoming a licensed psychologist in Kansas is to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. These programs usually take four to seven years to finish, and you will be awarded either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) when you finish. If you are not sure which psychology degree type you are interested in pursuing, the American Psychological Association (APA) has a page describing the differences between them.
To become licensed as a psychologist in Kansas, you must attend a doctoral program in psychology that is either accredited by the APA or meets equivalent standards. This program must include an applied internship that is at least 1,800 hours long (unless the program is in industrial-organizational psychology, which does not require an internship). For more information about schools with psychology programs in Kansas, please visit our Psychology Schools in Kansas page.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Kansas.
After you have finished your doctoral degree in psychology, you can begin the process of applying for licensure. For this, you will need to submit an application to the Board, complete supervised postdoctoral experience, and pass a national psychology exam. We’ve included more details on each of these steps below.
Kansas Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Submit your application for a temporary license to the Board.
The first step in the licensure process is to apply for a temporary license by completing the Application for Licensure for the Practice of Psychology form and submitting it to the Board along with a $225 application fee. The application form includes pages that will need to be completed by your predoctoral internship supervisors as well as your planned postdoctoral supervisors (see Step 2 below for more information about supervised experience requirements). During this step, you will also need to contact any schools where you earned a graduate degree and request that your transcripts be sent to the Board.
Once your temporary license has been issued, you will also need to pay a $150 temporary license fee. This license will be valid for two years and will allow you to practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
2. Gain two years of supervised experience in your area of training.
Before being issued a full psychology license in Kansas, you will need to complete two years (3,600 hours) of supervised experience in psychology. The first year of this (1,800 hours) will be earned during the internship that is required as part of your doctoral program. During this time, you will be required to receive at least one hour of supervision from a doctoral-level licensed psychologist for every 10 hours that you work.
The remaining 1,800 hours of supervised experience must be completed after you finish your doctoral degree and have obtained your temporary license. These hours must be earned in a setting where you have contact with professionals from disciplines other than psychology. During this year of postdoctoral supervised experience, you are required to spend at least 900 hours providing clinical services to patients and 180 hours providing other non-clinical services. You will need to receive at least one hour of supervision for every 20 hours of face-to-face patient contact and your supervisor must be a doctoral-level psychologist who has been licensed and practicing for at least two years.
Once you have completed your postdoctoral supervised experience, you will need to have your supervisor complete the Attestation of Supervised Psychology Professional Experience form that is included in the Application for Licensure for the Practice of Psychology and submit it to the Board.
3. Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
When you receive your temporary license from the Board, you will also be granted permission to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which costs a total of $687.50. You can take this test while you are still working on your supervised experience or you can choose to wait until those hours have been completed. The EPPP is a national exam that consists of 225 multiple-choice items across a number of areas of psychology. To pass the EPPP, you must earn a scaled score of at least 500, which is equivalent to correctly answering about 70% of the items. After you complete the exam, your scores will automatically be sent to the Board.
4. Receive your full license from the Board.
After the Board has received notice that you have completed your supervised hours and passed the EPPP, they will notify you that you can receive your full license. Once you have paid a $50 licensing fee and this has been issued, you will be able to practice psychology independently. You can check the status of your application through the Board’s website at any time.
Kansas Licensure by Reciprocity
Although Kansas has not established licensure reciprocity with any specific states, you may be able to obtain a license to practice psychology in Kansas if you are already licensed elsewhere without applying for full licensure using the steps above. There are two ways to be eligible for licensure by reciprocity. The first is to provide documentation that the state that you are currently licensed in has licensure standards that are equivalent to those in Kansas. If this is not the case, you may still be eligible if you have a doctoral degree in psychology, hold an active license in another state that is in good standing, and have been practicing under that license for at 15 hours per week for the past five years. If either of these situations applies to you, you can request a Kansas psychology license by completing the Licensure Application Through Reciprocity form and submitting it to the Board along with a $225 application fee.
Other Psychology Licenses in Kansas
There are two other psychology licenses to consider if you are planning to pursue psychology work in Kansas but do not want to be a clinical psychologist.
Master’s Level Psychologist
Kansas offers master’s level psychology licensure, which allows individuals to work under the supervision of licensed, independent psychology providers (e.g., licensed psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists) or physicians. To be eligible for licensure as a master’s level psychologist, you must have either earned a master’s degree in psychology or be enrolled in a doctoral psychology program and have already passed your comprehensive exams. The training in your degree program must also have included at least 750 hours of supervised practicum experience.
To apply for this license, you will need to complete the Application for Licensure as a Master’s Level Psychologist form and submit it along with a $100 application fee. You will also need to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and earn a score of at least 400.
Some licensed master’s level psychologists are eventually eligible to become licensed as clinical psychotherapists, which allows them to practice independently. To be eligible for a clinical psychotherapist license, you must have been practicing under your master’s level psychology license for at least five years and have accrued at least 4,000 supervised hours approved by the Board following submission of a Clinical Supervision Training Plan. You will also need to be able to document your ability in psychological diagnosis and treatment by meeting and documenting at least two of the three following criteria:
- Nine hours of additional coursework in diagnosis and treatment or an EPPP score of at least 500
- Three years of practice in a setting that provides experience in diagnosis and treatment
- Confirmation from a licensed independent provider that you are able to able to diagnose and treat psychological issues
Once these criteria have been met, you can submit a completed Transition from Licensed Masters Level Psychologist to Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist form to the Board along with a $100 fee to obtain your clinical psychotherapist license.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
After you receive a psychology license in Kansas, you will need to renew it every two years. To be eligible to renew your license, you will first need to complete 50 continuing education (CE) hours during each renewal period. CE activities must be related to building your professional skills and can include activities such as attending workshops and seminars, taking graduate-level courses, and publishing articles. Although CE opportunities can cover a wide variety of topics, during each renewal period you must earn at least three hours from ethics-related activities and six hours related to diagnosis and treatment. CE hours can only be applied to the renewal period you are currently in and any extras cannot be transferred to the next period.
The Board will mail you a reminder when it is time to renew your license. When you have completed all your CE hours, you can renew your license by submitting a completed Application for Renewal of License form or by using the Board’s online renewal system. You will also need to pay a $200 renewal fee.
Kansas Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the average salary for a psychologist in Kansas (excluding postsecondary psychology teachers) is $83,685.1 Psychologists in Kansas in the “all other” category earn the third-highest salary nationwide, at $104,200 per year.1,3 Postsecondary psychology teachers in Kansas earn an average annual salary of $83,130.1
Prospects are good if you are planning to look for clinical, counseling, or school psychology jobs in Kansas, as these types of positions are expected to increase by 9.1% between 2016 and 2026.2 However, the number of “all other” psychology jobs in the state is not expected to increase at all during this same time period (for comparison, the projected nationwide growth in this field is 10.3%).2
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||1,190||$63,170|
|Psychologists, All Other||120||$104,200|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||1,310||$83,130|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.1 Statistics for your locale may vary within this state.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to become a psychologist in Kansas?
To become a licensed psychologist in Kansas, you will need to complete a doctoral degree in psychology and at least one year of postdoctoral supervised experience. This entire process usually takes about 10 years. However, this can vary based on your program’s requirements and how long you take to earn your supervised experience.
Does Kansas require a state exam for licensure?
To earn a psychology license in Kansas, you do not have to take any state-specific exams. However, you will need to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is a national exam required by most states for licensure.
How much do psychologists in Kansas make?
The average salary for a psychologist in Kansas is $83,685.1 This varies by specialty, with counseling, clinical, and school psychologists making an average of $63,170, postsecondary psychology teachers making an average of $83,130, and “all other” psychologists making an average of $104,200.1
- Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board (BSRB) – State Board overseeing behavioral health licensure.
- Kansas Psychological Association (KPA) – State psychology organization; offers CE opportunities.
- Kansas Association of School Psychologists (KASP) – State organization for school psychologists.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – National organization in support of the field of psychology and its professionals.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Kansas: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ks.htm
2. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Psychologists, All Other: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193039.htm