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Iowa State University
3410 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2030
Iowa State University's Department of Psychology offers a varied range of programs at both graduate and undergraduate level. These programs are aimed at students who have an interest in human behavior and who wish to pursue an eventual career in one of the many professional Psychology related positions. An undergraduate psychology degree may be beneficial for anyone who wants to work with the public in a more general role however those who specifically want to work in the psychology field will need to pursue a graduate level degree such as a Masters or Doctoral Degree. Programs cover a wide range of different Psychology tracks. [full profile]
Doctorate in Cognitive Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctorate in Social Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Marriage and Family Therapy (Professional Diploma) Master's Campus
Psychology - Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology (Master of Arts) Master's Campus
Psychology - Psychological Services (Master of Arts) Master's Campus
School Psychology (Professional Diploma) Master's Campus
University of Northern Iowa
1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0005
The University of Northern Iowa offers a Psychology Graduate Program which gives the students the chance to earn a Master of Arts in the subject. The aim of this is to provide students with knowledge and advanced training in both applied and basic areas of psychology which they can then use to gain employment, further their career or go on to additional learning. The program places it's emphasis on providing competent research and methodology as well as the required completion of a thesis. There are 3 specialist study areas that can be chosen from Clinical Science, Social or Individualized Study. [full profile]
Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Science Master's Campus
Master of Science in Applied Psychology Master's Online

Psychology Education In Iowa

If you want to become a licensed psychologist in Iowa, you must hold a doctorate degree in psychology, or a field that is closely related, such as counseling psychology or educational psychology. This degree must be obtained from an educational establishment that is accredited or approved. It can take quite a long time to become a psychologist in the state of Iowa, but most would say that it is time very well spent. The career allows for great successes, as well as fantastic personal growth.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Iowa

If you want to become a licensed psychologist in Iowa, you must hold either a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. in psychology or closely related field. To achieve this, you must first complete a four-year bachelor's degree program. It is crucial to continue this by completing a two year master's degree program. At this point, you will have to choose between completing Ph.D. or a Psy.D., which will take between two and four years. It is advisable to speak to a career's adviser in order to help you make the choice. The decision to make will influence to a great degree the type of career you will end up having.

Just like in all other states, there are very clear differences between Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs. Both degrees meet all the requirements for education as set by the state's board, but the focus of the degrees is on completely different aspects of the field of psychology. As a Ph.D. graduate, you will need to have a focus on research. Additionally, to graduate, you must complete a thesis based on original research that is designed to further the field of psychology. This takes a long time to complete and it is also for that reason that grants and funding are higher for this degree. The Psy.D. degree option also requires a thesis, but it generally is much less in-depth and also doesn't have to be based on original research. The focus here will be far more on patient based, clinical work.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Iowa

Once you have completed your doctorate degree, the Iowa Board of Psychology will allow you to use the title "Psychology Associate." This means that you can take part in the supervised professional work experience that is a requirement in order for you to become fully licensed. You must complete 1,500 hours of practice after graduation in order to meet this criterion, and these hours must be completed in one year. Additionally, the psychologist who will supervise you must directly work with you for one hour per week at least and he must be fully licensed and approved by the board themselves.

Iowa Psychologist Licensure Examinations

There is one final vital step before you can become licensed as a psychologist in Iowa, and that is passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). This examination is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). It is a 255 multiple choice question examination, of which 175 are marked. You have three hours and 20 minutes to complete it. The examination focuses on essential elements of psychology, including assessment, intervention, diagnosis and different basis of behavior. As a national examination, it is offered in various centers across the country, including in Iowa. The current cost is $600, although this fee is subject to change.

The Career of a Psychologist in Iowa

After graduating from your doctorate program, completing the required supervised work experience hours and passing the EPPP examination, you will be ready to become licensed as a psychologist in Iowa. It is at this point that you will truly see the difference between the Ph.D. and the Psy.D.. With a Ph.D., you are likely to get to work in a research position, having little to no contact with patients other than test subjects. Alternatively, you could get to work in education. If you have completed the Psy.D., by contrast, you will work in clinical settings, providing direct mental health care to your patients.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2014:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists, of whom there were 710, earned an average annual salary of $78,780.
• All other psychologists, of whom there were 60, earned an average annual salary of $94,990.

However, there are tremendous variations in these. Factors of influence include which doctorate degree you have obtained, how long you have been working and your employer.

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