The path to becoming a psychologist in Ohio may not be short, but it is worth the time it takes to get there. We’ve compiled a few resources and tips for psychology students who are working toward state certification. From selecting a school to preparing for your exam and finding associations that can help you network once you’ve started your career, you can find much of the information you’ll need right here. Read on for Ohio psychology resources that can help you on your journey.
Selecting a School: Notre Dame College Online
The most important thing you’ll want to consider when selecting a school is accreditation. The benefits of earning an accredited degree cannot be overstated. Accreditation exists to ensure that a school’s curriculum and policies are consistent with national standards. Notre Dame College is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.ncahlc.org) as a degree-granting institution. If you earn college credits at an unaccredited college or university, you may encounter difficulty if you decide to transfer to another institution. Furthermore, degrees awarded by unaccredited schools are not always accepted when applying for graduate school. If you have designs of becoming a psychologist, you will need to complete your master’s degree.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential schools to only those that are accredited, you have other factors to consider. You’ll want to make sure that the school you plan to attend offers the program you want. To become a psychologist, you actually don’t need to earn your bachelor’s in psychology. However, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology is an excellent way to get acquainted with the field before making the time and financial investment graduate school often requires. Notre Dame College offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology for those interested in the field of psychology. Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s, you will want to continue on to graduate school to earn your master’s in psychology.
It’s important to consider the learning format when choosing a school. Some students prefer the structure of traditional, on-campus courses, while others prefer the convenience that online learning allows them so they can honor previous obligations while earning a degree. Others take a blended approach, taking classes both on campus and online. Notre Dame College’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is delivered 100% online, perfect for the busy, working student. The online environment mimics that of on-ground courses, ensuring communication and collaboration between students and instructors.
You’ll also want to look at figures like student-to-teacher ratio, campus and Greek life, student organizations and more. You may find it advantageous to attend a college or university that houses an organization for psychology students; it’s a great way to begin networking for your future career.
Becoming a Psychologist
There are several steps to becoming a psychologist. The largest part of the journey, by far, is the necessary amount of schooling. Psychologists in Ohio must hold a doctoral degree, typically a Ph.D. or Psy.D. To be licensed in the state of Ohio, you must:
- Earn a doctoral degree from an institution accredited by the APA, CPA, ASPPB/NR or NASP.
- Complete 3,600 of verified internships or supervised training.
- Pay a $125 application fee.
- Submit a notarized application.
- Consent to a criminal background check.
- Submit official graduate transcripts.
- Submit a minimum of three reference letters from licensed psychologists.
- Submit a recent photograph for identification purposes.
- Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.
Ohio State Psychology Exam
To practice in the state of Ohio, you must be licensed. This means you must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). ProExam handles testing for the state of Ohio. Once you have applied through ProExam and received an authorization-to-test (ATT) letter, you will have 60 days to schedule and sit the exam. You must apply online to take the exam.
The exam includes 175 questions and 50 pretest questions. Testers have 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam. Scores are converted from raw scores to a scale ranging from 200 to 800 to allow for fluctuation in test difficulty. The recommended passing score is 500 for independent practice and 450 for supervised practice.
As of March 2013, the cost to take the exam is $600. Through July 31, 2014, the test will reflect DSM-IV classifications and standards. Starting Aug. 1, 2014, the test will relate to the new DSM-5.
Psychological Associations & Resources
Psychology students and established psychologists alike can benefit from joining an association. Below you can find information on a few that may be in your area, along with general psychology resources.
COPA is a regional organization that addresses the needs of psychologists in the Central Ohio area. COPA’s mission is to advance scientific-based psychology, support the highest professional standards for psychological practice and promote and advocate for human health and welfare.
The CPA is a professional, nonprofit association working since 1975 to address the needs of individuals, families and organizations in Northeast Ohio. CPA members are licensed psychologists committed to providing the highest quality assessment, therapy and consultation services. Through CPA, our 200-plus members work to enhance public awareness of psychology and its contribution to the public welfare.
The Encyclopedia of Psychology at www.psychology.org provides links and resources for those in need of psychological help. The site includes online psychology discussion groups, resources for reference and study, news and more.
With more than 1,600 clinician, academic, affiliate and student members, the OPA is nationally recognized as one of the preeminent state psychological associations. A well-established leader within the field, OPA works hard to ensure the science and professions of psychology remain vital, relevant and at the forefront in Ohio.
Established in 1943, OSPA is a nonprofit, state-wide organization of school psychologists. Its membership includes school psychologists who are employed across the state in public and private schools as well as agencies, and also includes faculty and students in graduate-training programs.
Psychological Resources, Ltd. Is a family practice that assists adolescents, adults, children and seniors in finding solutions to life’s problems. Located in both Toledo, Ohio and Bowling Green, Ohio, Psychological Resources, Ltd. works to help with anxiety, depression, marital or family problems, workplace stress and more.