The following is a list of Masters in Psychology programs throughout Nebraska.
Psychology Education In Nebraska
Nebraska is an interesting place to work for psychologists, with good salaries and other benefits. Growth is on par with national averages. However, only those who meet the right educational, experience and examination requirements are able to work in the state. This is because people place their trust in the hands of psychologists, which means that they have to be able to shoulder this responsibility.
If you are not licensed in the state, you will not be able to call yourself a psychologist. The requirements for licensing are very stringent and strict. If you meet these requirements, however, you will be ready for an exciting career.
Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Nebraska
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as indicated in the Statutes Relating to Psychology has determined that aspiring psychologists have to have a graduate education. This must meet all the standards that have been set by the American Psychological Association (APA). The graduate rule is not applicable to school psychologists, who only need to have to hold a bachelor's degree. Additionally, they must complete an internship and other state requirements. Nebraska is one of the very few states where a doctorate degree is not a requirement for psychologists. However, many still choose to complete a doctorate program as well, opting for either the Psy.D., which takes two years to complete, or the Ph.D., which usually takes four years to complete.
Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Nebraska
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services also requires all psychologists to have completed two full years of supervised professional experience. One year of this can be completed through an internship, so long as it is accredited by the APA. The other year has to be completed post graduation, however. Additionally, supervision must be completed by a licensed and Board approved psychologist.
Nebraska Psychologist Licensure Examinations
Finally, prospective psychologists must undergo and pass two examinations. The first is the nationally recognized Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This test costs $600 at present, subject to possible change every year. It is a 225 multiple choice questions test, and you must answer 70% correct in order to pass. The examination covers 8 different content areas, including:
• Biological Bases of Behavior
• Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
• Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
• Growth and Lifespan Development
• Assessment and Diagnosis
• Treatment, Intervention, Prevention and Supervision
• Research Methods and Statistics
• Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues
The second examination is the Board Development Examination. This is made up of two different parts. Part one consists of 106 multiple choice questions. It covers things such as Nebraska regulations, psychology ethics, research, schools, HIPAA and more. The examination is open book. The second part is an oral exam. You will be given five random questions that have been taken from the first part of the test. You may use your examination sheet and your answer sheet at this time.
The Career of a Psychologist in Nebraska
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were some 510 psychologists employed in the state as of May 2014. The BLS has subdivided these into two specific categories. As such:
• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average of $63,530 per year, which was a rise of 2% compared to the last count. The industry has grown by 6.9%.
• All other psychologists earned an average of $81,590, which was a rise of 5.8%. The industry has grown by 38.2%.
This significant growth in all other psychologists is believed to be due to the new and emerging field of industrial organizational psychologists. This is the fastest growing psychology industry and it is likely that the BLS will award it its own subcategory at the next count.
An average salary means that half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, and the other half earn more. There are various factors that significantly influence the salary you can expect. The more experience you have, the more you are likely to earn. Additionally, different employers tend to pay different salaries as well. Finally, your education is important. Those with the highest education (to doctorate level) tend to earn the most as well. Those who do have a doctorate degree work in different areas, with Ph.D. graduates working in research or lecturing, whereas Psy.D. graduates tend to work in direct clinical services, delivering care to patients with mental health difficulties.