Nevada Psychology Licensure Requirements
If you are interested in becoming a licensed psychologist in Nevada, you will need to meet the requirements set forth by the Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners, which is the state organization that oversees licensure for psychologists. To become a licensed psychologist, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree, obtain supervised work experience, pass two exams, and submit an application for licensure to the Board. Because there can be a lot to keep track of during this process, we’ve created a guide to walk you through the steps you will need to take to become a licensed psychologist in Nevada. On this page, you will also find answers to questions you might have about the process, such as:
» How do I become a psychologist in Nevada?
» I have earned a PhD, PsyD, or EdD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Nevada.
» What are Nevada supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Nevada?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Nevada by endorsement?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Nevada?
» How much do psychologists in Nevada make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Nevada
There are three major steps to becoming a licensed psychologist in Nevada. First, you will need to earn a bachelor’s degree, and you may choose to earn a master’s degree after that (though this is optional). Next, you must earn a doctoral degree in psychology. You can do this through one of the psychology schools in Nevada or through a school in another state with equivalent requirements. After you have completed these degrees, you will be eligible to begin the process of obtaining your license to practice psychology in Nevada.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
After you decide to become a psychologist in Nevada, the first step you need to take is to earn a bachelor’s degree. This degree generally takes four years (120 credits) to complete, and you can study any subject at this stage (you are not required to major in psychology). When you finish your degree, you will earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, both of which are accepted by doctoral programs in psychology (see Step 2 below).
Some people choose to apply to stand-alone master’s degree programs in psychology after they complete their bachelor’s degrees, particularly if they did not major in psychology during their undergraduate training. If you decide to earn a stand-alone master’s degree, you will likely need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and might need to meet educational prerequisites such as a certain number of psychology courses. Master’s degree programs usually take about two years to finish, may focus on general psychology or a specialty area, and award either Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degrees to their graduates. Earning a stand-alone master’s degree is optional, however; they are not required for admission to doctoral programs and most students earn master’s degrees during their doctoral studies.
2. Earn a PsyD, PhD, or EdD in psychology.
After you finish your bachelor’s degree (and a master’s degree, if you have chosen to earn one), the next step towards psychology licensure in Nevada is to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. Doctoral-level psychology programs take between four and seven years to complete and award a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology, a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), or a Doctor of Education (EdD) in psychology degree.
To obtain a license to practice psychology in Nevada, you must attend a doctoral program in psychology that is either APA-accredited or has equivalent training. This program must also include a year-long (2,000-hour) predoctoral internship (see requirements for supervised experience below). Visit our Psychology Schools in Nevada page for more information about psychology programs in the state.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Nevada.
Once you have finished the educational requirements described above, you can begin the process of applying for psychology licensure in Nevada. For this, you will need to submit an application to the Board, complete a certain amount of supervised work experience, and pass two exams. More information about each of these steps is included below.
Nevada Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Register with the Board as a psychological assistant.
The first step in the licensure process is to register as a psychological assistant, which will allow you to practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist while you are earning your required postdoctoral hours (see Step 2) and complete the required exams for licensure (see Step 3).
To register as a psychological assistant, complete and submit the application form to the Board along with a $100 application fee. After the Board has reviewed this form, they will send you instructions on registering with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board’s (ASPPB) Psychology Licensure Universal System (PLUS) to complete your application. PLUS saves your credentials and is also used by several other states and provinces for licensing, so Nevada’s use of this system may make it easier if you need to transfer your license in the future. Once your PLUS application has been completed and reviewed, the Board will notify you when you are registered as a psychological assistant.
2. Gain two years (3,750 hours) of supervised professional experience in your area of training.
In Nevada, you need to earn two years of supervised professional experience (SPE) before becoming licensed. The first year of this (2,000 hours) will be the required predoctoral internship that you complete during your doctoral program. During your internship, you must receive at least four hours per week receiving supervision from a licensed, doctoral-level psychologist (at least two of these hours must be in individual supervision).
The remaining 1,750 hours of SPE must be completed after you finish your doctoral degree and register as a psychological assistant. During this year, you must spend at least 50% of your time providing services directly to clients and will need to complete at least 40 hours of training (including three hours of individual supervision) in ethnic and cultural diversity. You must also attend supervision meetings at least once per week and receive at least four hours of supervision per month. You will need to be supervised primarily by a doctoral-level psychologist who has been licensed for at least three years and has received training in supervision. However, you can receive up to 25% of your required supervision hours from another individual who is qualified to provide you with specialty training in a particular area but is not a psychologist.
While you are completing your SPE hours, you and your supervisor will need to keep a record of your clinical activities and supervision received using the Board’s Supervised Experience Monthly Log. You must submit this form to the Board each quarter so that they know when you have completed all of your required hours.
3. Pass the Nevada psychology licensing exams.
There are two exams that you will need to take to become a licensed psychologist in Nevada. The first is the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is a 225-item, multiple-choice test that assesses broad knowledge of psychology. You will receive permission to sign up for the EPPP after you register as a psychological assistant and can take it while you are still completing your SPE. It costs $687.50 to register for the EPPP and you need a score of 500 or higher to pass.
You will also need to take the Nevada Psychological State Exam, which costs $300 and assesses knowledge of state rules and regulations. After you complete your psychological assistant registration, the Board will mail you an invitation to complete this test. It is administered every other month and can only be taken in person in Reno or Las Vegas.
4. Receive your full psychology license from the Board.
After you have completed your SPE hours and passed both required examinations, be sure to check your PLUS account to see if there are any additional forms needed for your application to be considered complete. When your application is complete, it will need to be reviewed by the Board members (dates of their meetings are published on the Board’s website). After the Board has determined you have fulfilled the criteria for licensure, they will notify you that your full psychology license has been issued and request that you pay a fee of $25.
Nevada Licensure by Endorsement
If you are licensed in another state and would like to transfer your license to Nevada, you will need to apply for licensure by endorsement by submitting an application through PLUS. If you are not already registered for a PLUS account, you must submit a completed application form to the Board along with a $100 fee. After you are registered for a PLUS account, you will need to complete all forms required for licensure in Nevada. You will also be asked to take the Nevada Psychological State Exam ($300) and will need to pay a $25 fee for your license to be issued.
There are multiple ways to be eligible for licensure by endorsement. The primary method is to provide documentation on your application that the jurisdiction you are licensed in has requirements that are equivalent to Nevada’s. If your license does not meet these criteria, you may still be eligible for licensure by reciprocity if you have been practicing for at least 20 years or have been practicing for at least five years and hold a Certificate of Professional Qualification from ASPPB or are credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
Your Nevada psychology license will need to be renewed by the end of each even-numbered year, and the Board will mail you renewal materials by October of these years. Renewal of a psychology license costs $500 and this fee should be submitted along with the completed renewal paperwork the Board has sent you.
During each two-year renewal period, every licensed psychologist in Nevada is required to complete 30 hours of continuing education (CE). Workshops, courses, and seminars that are offered by universities or are sanctioned by professional organizations (e.g., APA) can be counted towards CE requirements. Only 15 hours of distance education can be counted; the rest must be completed in-person. Any excess CE credits cannot be carried to the next renewal period.
Of the 30 required CE hours, at least six must come from activities related to ethics and two hours must be from activities related to assessment and prevention of suicide. You can request a list of courses on these topics that have been approved by the Board. If you want to attend CE activities about ethics or suicidality that are not on this list, you will first need to request approval from the Board using the Application for Approval of Continuing Education Program by a Licensee form and paying a fee of $25.
Nevasa Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for psychologists in Nevada (not including postsecondary psychology teachers) is $74,015.1 Projections suggest that the job market will be good for anyone planning to look for a position as a counseling, clinical, or school psychologist in Nevada. The number of jobs in this category is expected to increase by 22% between 2016 and 2026.2 In contrast, these jobs are only expected to increase by 14.2% nationally during this same time period, suggesting a particularly good outlook for psychologists looking to work in Nevada.2
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||420||$78,200|
|Psychologists, All Other||120||$69,830|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||280||$58,910|
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 Nevada?
Before earning a license to practice psychology in Nevada, you will need to complete a doctoral degree in psychology and complete an additional year of supervised experience after you graduate. The process of becoming a psychologist usually takes about 10 years, though this can vary based on variables such as the program you attend.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Nevada?
To become a licensed psychologist in Nevada, you need to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology, a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), or Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in psychology. Additionally, you must earn this degree from an APA-accredited program or one that has equivalent training.
How much do psychologists in Nevada make?
On average, psychologists in Nevada (excluding postsecondary psychology teachers) make $74,015 per year.1 Postsecondary psychology teachers earn an average of $58,910.1
- Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners – State organization overseeing psychology licensure.
- Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) – State organization with resources for psychologists, including CE opportunities.
- Nevada School Psychology Association (NVASP) – State organization for school psychologists; holds annual conference.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – National organization that advocates for the field of psychology.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Nevada: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nv.htm
2. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm