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Kansas Psychology Licensure Requirements

To become a practicing psychologist in the state of Kansas, you must apply for and receive a license from the state. The process begins with earning a formal education by an accredited university, but it doesn’t end there. Once you have received a bachelor’s, master’s, and a doctorate in the field of psychology, you may then begin the process to get your license. Here are some important questions about what is involved in becoming a licensed psychologist in Kansas:

» 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’s Supervised Professional Experience Rules and Regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Kansas?
» Where can I find additional information about Kansas psychologist licensing requirements?

Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Kansas

Whether you have just started on your path to becoming a psychologist in the state of Kansas, or are ready to finish, you will find information on the requirements in this guide:

1.Earn a BA or BS in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. There are many psychology degree programs to choose from located throughout Kansas.

2. Earn a PhD or PsyD in Psychology. In order to get your license, you need to get a doctorate in either psychology or educational psychology. A degree in either concentration will be necessary to attain a license if you wish to practice in Kansas. To help find the institution best suited to your goals, visit our psychology schools page for schools available in your area.

3. Get Licensed to Practice Psychology in Kansas. Follow the steps that the website for the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board provides before applying for a license to practice psychology. The information you need to know to attain a license to practice psychology in the state of Kansas is summarized below.

Kansas Psychologist Licensing Process

1. Complete Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) Requirements

You will be required to complete a certain amount of SPE hours before you are able to work as a psychologist in Kansas. SPE is intended to integrate academic learning and scientific concepts in the field of psychology. SPE internships provide you with the kind of experiences you can only get in a real-world, working atmosphere.

The Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board requires candidates for licensure to have 3,600 hours of supervised experience. Candidates may begin earning SPE at the same time as they are earning a PhD or PsyD.

If you want to learn even more about the requirements that Kansas has put in place to earn your license, take a look at the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board website.

Predoctoral Professional Experience Requirements:
Up to 1,500 hours of predoctoral professional experience can be recognized as qualifying towards the SPE requirement. These hours must occur after you have successfully completed 48 semester hours of psychology graduate studies. Any time that you may have spent on your thesis, dissertation, or internship does not count.

Hours should be completed through an American Psychological Association (APA) predoctoral psychology internship. To learn additional information about the SPE options you have in the state of Kansas, check out the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board’s website.

Postdoctoral Professional Experience Requirements:
In addition to predoctoral experience, 1,800 hours of postdoctoral SPE must be completed. You must complete these hours in an internship accredited by the APA or the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Make sure that the dean or registrar of the college or university you attend certifies these hours.

Verification of Required Experience:
Note that the supervisor(s) of your SPE will need to complete the attestation form that is included in the application for psychologist licensure.

2. Pass the Kansas Psychology Licensing Examination

Once you have earned your SPE, it is time to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The exam consists of 225 multiple-choice questions which are administered electronically by computers at Thomson Prometric Testing Centers. The pass score cutoff is a scaled score of 500, or 70%. Register through the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards for the exam. After you have registered, you can find an EPPP practice test here.

For more information regarding the EPPP examination requirements, including payment, procedure, or any other concerns, refer to the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board website.

3. Submit an Application for Psychologist Licensure in Kansas

Ensure that you follow all the requirements presented to you to avoid any delays in obtaining your license. The Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board provides the information needed to obtain your license. Make sure to thoroughly review their website before you send in your application.

After you have completed the psychology licensure application form, you can mail it to:

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
700 SW Harrison St, Ste 420
Topeka, KS 66603-3929

Additional Requirements and Information

The Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board provides all the information you may require in order to get your license to practice psychology on their website. On the site you can find information regarding:

  • EPPP Waivers
  • Child Abuse Coursework Requirement
  • Long Term Care and Aging requirements
  • Alcohol or substance abuse detection
  • Spousal or Partner Abuse Detection and Intervention requirement

References:
1. Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board: http://ksbsrb.ks.gov/home