8 Steps to Be a Licensed Psychologist in Alaska
Becoming a licensed psychologist in Alaska requires a number of steps. First, prospective psychologists must earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited university. Next, they must obtain a doctoral degree in psychology or psychology counseling from a regionally accredited university.
The doctoral program must include at least three years of supervised clinical work. After achieving their degree, applicants must apply for and obtain temporary license from the Board of Psychologist and Psychological Examiners in Alaska.
Once the temporary license has been issued, psychologists must gain at least one year of post-doctoral supervised experience or 1500 hours in order to become fully licensed.
Finally, those wishing to practice psychology professionally must apply for full licensure with the Board of Psychologist and Psychological Examiners, which is the governing body that makes all final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary action when necessary.
To become a licensed psychologist in Alaska, you must meet the following requirements:
- Obtain a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited institution.
- Complete a pre-doctoral internship of at least 2,000 hours, with at least 1,000 hours of direct client contact.
- Gain postdoctoral supervised experience of at least 1,500 hours, with at least 750 hours of direct client contact.
- Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) with a score of at least 500.
- Pass the Alaska State Jurisprudence Examination.
- Submit an application for licensure to the Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners, along with all required documentation and fees.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Maintain continuing education requirements of 20 hours per year, including at least 2 hours in ethics.
Once you have completed all of these steps, you will be eligible to receive your license to practice psychology in Alaska.