How to Become a Psychologist
Steps to Become a Psychologist
- Earn a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn a master’s degree.
- Enroll in a doctoral degree program.
- Gain field experience.
- Obtain a license.
Step 1: Earn a Bachelor’s Degree
Step 2: Earn a Master’s Degree
- Industrial-organizational psychology.
- Diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.
- Group therapy.
- Theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy.
- Advanced research/scholarly writing.
- Online Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
- Online Master of Arts in Psychology
Step 3: Enroll in a Doctoral Degree Program
Step 4: Gain Field Experience
Step 5: Obtain a License
- A postgraduate degree in psychology, either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology.
- Supervised hours ranging from 1,500 to 6,000, depending on the state.
- Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which tests individuals on the core areas of psychology. The EPPP has 225 multiple-choice questions and test takers need a minimum score of 70 percent or 500 on the computer-based exam in order to pass.
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- Doctoral degree (typically four to six years).
- Medical school not required.
- Cannot prescribe medication.
- Courses focus on human behavior, development, personality, assessment, psychotherapy, research, statistics, ethics.
- MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree.
- Courses focus on biological functioning, medications and more.
- Specialized residency focused on mental illness treatment.
- Can prescribe medications.