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Become a Psychologist in Washington - WA

Psychology is a growing field in the state of Washington.  Of the Northwestern states of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; Washington has the highest combined employment of counseling, clinical, and school psychologists.  About 1,900 psychologists practiced in the health care fields in Washington in 2008, which is about a 16% increase since 2002.  About 200 other psychologists in Washington practice other types of psychology.  Another 720 professionals taught psychology at the post-secondary level.  Between the years 2002 and 2008, mean annual salaries for psychologists have also increased by about 17%.  In the Northeast, only psychologists in Nevada have higher mean annual salaries.

Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Washington

Once all education and supervisory experience is completed, the prospective psychologist must submit the application for licensure to the Washington State Department of Health.  The fee for applying is $285.  The application is quite lengthy and includes submitting contact information, a social security number, completing a questionnaire, answering questions about any prior criminal offences, other licensures held by the applicant, details about the applicant’s education, and education about AIDS.  Moreover all educational institutions must submit transcripts and all supervisors must submit information about the practicum and the internships.

Washington State Department of Health
Psychology Program
P.O. Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504-7877
Tel: (360) 236-4700
http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Psychology/default.htm

Once the application is completed and received by the Department of Health, the prospective psychologists may then sit for the Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).  The EPPP is a four hour exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and take by all psychology candidates in the country.  More information about the exam can be found at the ASPPB website given below.

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
P.O. Box 241245
Montgomery, AL 36124-1245
Tel: 334-832-4580
Fax: 334-269-6379
Email: asppb@asppb.org
http://www.asppb.net/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

Finally, after the EPPP has been past, the applicant must then take the Jurisprudence Examination.  This examination is given monthly by the Department of Health in Tumwater, Washington.  The Jurisprudence Exam will cover psychology law, the uniforms disciplinary act, the health care information act, prevention of abuse of children, mental illness act, prevention of abuse of vulnerable adults, whistleblower complaints, procedures, rules, and standards. The exam will be between 25 and 30 multiple-choice questions and take about three hours to complete.  There is no additional fee for this exam.  Applicants must score 90% on the exam to pass.

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