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Pacific University
2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116
All degree programs at the Pacific University Oregon School of Professional Psychology are designed to teach you about compassion, integrity, diversity and discovery, which are the core values of the school. The school offers three different degrees (Masters in Applied Psychological Science, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Clinical Psychology), as well as internships opportunities and public services. The degree options are designed to teach anything from the basics of the science to actually delivering trained practitioners. The school has a very strong focus on social justice as well as a dedication to well-being and health. The programs build on those values and focus. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Psychological Science Master's Campus
PhD Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Masters in General Psychology Master's Campus
Masters in Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison, Portland, OR 97201
Portland State University currently offers an MA/MS in Psychology. The course looks at both applied psychology and psychology methodology. Additionally, in order to complete the degree, you will need to enter a thesis, for which you will be fully supported by faculty staff. The degree can also be used to work towards the Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, although this is not a requirement. As a student, you will be expected to take part in various project in the community. The university prides itself on its cultural diversity and the fact that it has a focus on sustainable development, student success and global excellence. [full profile]
Masters of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science in Psychology Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Applied Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Masters of Science Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
University of Oregon
110 Johnson Hall, Eugene, OR 97403
The Individualized Masters program in Psychology offered by the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon, is not your typical program. It provides extensive training to a small group of select students who are highly self-motivated, focused and have a plan for their learning. A keen interest in research is also advantageous because this is not a program for those who wish to gain a general Masters Degree and the training which comes along with it. Instead it is much better suited to those who want to gain valuable research skills related to their own eventual education and career goals. [full profile]
MasterÕs in Psychology Master's Campus
Doctoral Program in Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Online
Master of Arts in Psychology - Health and Wellness Psychology Specialization Master's Online

Psychology Education In Oregon

Within Oregon, the health care industry is the fastest growing in the state for 2012 to 2022, according to data provided by the State of Oregon Employment Department. This means that if you want to work as a psychologist, you are likely to be able to find a good job with ease. You can also expect highly competitive rates of pay and other benefits.

It is important to understand that, as rewarding as a psychologist career is, it is also incredibly demanding. You will be the one true ally your patients have in beating their mental illnesses and leading a happy, healthy life. This means you need to assess and diagnose them, and create treatment plans that you must also review. In some cases, you will be able to make a real difference, but you also have to be able to manage those patients who will never truly get better. All of this requires a lot of highly specialized education and experience. Oregon has taken this very seriously, and only those who are properly qualified and licensed to work as psychologists in the state can actually take on that job title. It is important to be realistic about the level of commitment that is required in order to meet those rules as well.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Oregon

To become a psychologist, you must be educated to doctorate degree level. The program that you will undertake must be accredited by the American Psychological Association as well. Before you can do this, however, you must complete a four year bachelor's program, followed by a two year master's program. Then, you need to choose whether you want to complete a Psy.D. or a Ph.D. It can take between three and seven years to complete your doctorate degree. As such, from start to finish, your education will take between 9 and 13 years to complete in total. It is also recommended that you choose a program that includes a residency or internship, as this will count towards your supervised professional experience, which you also need to complete before becoming licensed.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Oregon

The Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners also requires psychologists to complete a supervised professional experience requirement. This is outlined in Chapter 675 of the Oregon Statutes. At least two years worth of experience while guided by a licensed and approved psychologist must be obtained. Only one of these years can be achieved during your doctoral education; the second year must be done afterwards.

Oregon Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Finally, you must pass two examinations. The first is the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). This is a 225 multiple choice question test that follows the national standards of psychology. The examination covers 8 different content areas:

• 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 current cost for this test is $600, but subject to change. You must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to be awarded a pass rate. Finally, you cannot apply to take this test until you have been approved by the Board, which means you must have completed your education and supervised professional experience first.

You also have to pass the Jurisprudence Exam, which you can do while you are studying towards your doctorate. This is a 60 multiple choice question test and demonstrates that you are competent in applying the various regulations and laws that apply to the field of psychology in Oregon.

The Career of a Psychologist in Oregon

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there were some 1,420 psychologists employed in the state as of May 2014. The BLS has divided these into two categories. As such:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average of $71,910 per year, up by 4.4% since the last count. The industry had grown by 11.2%
• For all other psychologists, no data was available on their average earnings. It was known, however, that this category had grown by 7.2%.

Average salaries mean that half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, but the other half earn more. A number of factors will determine where on that scale you will find yourself, including the employer you work for and how much experience you have. It is also here that you will see the greatest difference between completing a Ph.D. and a Psy.D. With a Psy.D., you will most likely deliver direct patient care to people with mental illnesses. With a Ph.D., by contrast, you will generally perform research or deliver lectures at university.

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