Florida: How to Earn a Psychology PysD/PhD Degree

Using this guide to the Florida universities that offer a PsyD degree will provide you with all the necessary information for you to earn your PsyD degree in this state. That includes the requirements you need to know in order to become a practicing psychologist. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Quick Facts:

  • To become a licensed psychologist in Florida, you need 4,000 of experience, which equals two complete years of working full time.
  • The Florida Board of Psychology is who you will apply to for licensing, and you’ll send them $305 for a filing fee, your application, and other supporting documentation.
  • Pearson VUE administers the official exam you have to take for licensure, which will cost you $48.
  • Your license has to be renewed every two years and you can do that online, but you have to complete 35 hours of continuing education during that two-year period.
  • Most psychologists in Florida are counseling, clinical, or school psychologists, and they average nearly $76,000 per year in salary.

Top PsyD Degree Programs in Florida

This list of schools shows who has programs available for a PysD in Psychology:

#1 Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton FL)

This public university offers certificates through doctoral programs, and has a student population of over 30,000. Its 66 percent acceptance rate indicates that it is careful with the students it admits to its programs, and the 24 to one student to teacher ratio is more in line with traditional schools and what they offer as a classroom and learning experience. Because of the varied degrees offered, it is possible for you to get all of your psychology education there.

#2 Argosy University – Sarasota (Sarasota FL)

This school is private and for-profit, and offers everything from certificates in school psychology through doctorate degrees in four different areas. You could theoretically get all of your psychology education in one place, and your doctorate could be in school, applied, counseling, or pastoral/patient counseling psychology. With an open enrollment policy, just under 700 students, and a nine-to-one student to teacher ratio, this school can provide more personalized study for students who are looking to focus in on their goals.

#3 Carlos Albizu University (Miami FL)

Bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in psychology are offered at this private, not-for-profit school, along with a doctorate in clinical psychology. The student to teacher ratio is 15 to one, and the acceptance rate for students who apply is 35 percent. This school has 1,000 students, and is careful to only admit those who show promise and who are committed to their chosen psychological degree and field of study.

How to Become a Practicing Clinical Psychologist in Florida

In order to become a licensed, practicing psychologist in Florida, you will need to first earn a degree. Many schools offer associate degrees in various areas of mental health, but you will need to go beyond that and earn a bachelor’s degree. Make sure that degree is in a related field if it’s not in psychology.

During the time you are in your bachelor’s program in Florida, there may be opportunities for you to get experience through research work at the university you’re attending. As an undergraduate you have the chance to gain valuable work experience when you work with professors as a psychology research assistant.

Once you compete your bachelor’s degree, you can move on to earning your master’s degree in psychology. The programs above, along with programs at other schools, will give you a number of opportunities to do that. After your master’s degree has been attained, you’ll move into a program to earn your PsyD degree. This will take between four and five years, including your internship.

After graduation the focus will be on getting licensure in Florida as a psychologist. There are several steps you’ll have to complete in order to do that properly. Here’s what you should consider.

  1. Verify of your 4,000 hours of experience. You can have 2,000 of those hours as psychology internships, provided these hours were completed at the doctoral level. However, the other 2,000 hours have to be SPE, or post-doctoral supervised practical experience. At least 900 of these supervised hours also have to be one-on-one with clients. Supervision should be two hours every week for one or two years, and and you have to be supervised until you get your license, even if you have already completed your 4,000 hours.
  2. Submit an application to the Board in order to start the official process of applying for your license. The Florida Board of Psychology will then begin to process your application, and they will verify your education and experience, along with setting up a date and time for you to take the licensing exam and rules exam necessary for licensure in that state. Your application will need to include an official doctoral transcript sent to the Board from your university, along with a verification form showing you have completed your SPE and a filing fee.
  3. Pass the Florida licensing and rules and regulations examinations. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) will administer the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which will test your knowledge. You must get at least 70 percent to pass. Then you will take the Florida Laws and Rules Examination, which will ensure you understand the ethics and legal requirements of being a psychologist in Florida.
  4. After you pass both of the exams, the Board will notify you of your licensure status. You will then be granted your psychologist license and you can begin practicing right away. If you want to practice while waiting for your license, you can work under supervision on a provisional basis provided you apply for that status.

Florida Clinical Psychologist Salary and Job Outlook

The median pay for psychologists in Florida is $83,000, when all types of psychologists are included. Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists typically make around $76,000, while psychology teachers make just over $80,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a 21 percent growth rate in Florida for all psychology professions in the next 10 years.

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Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Editor-In-Chief

Ann Steele, Ph.D., is Editor-In-Chief of PsydPrograms.org. Ann has training as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has worked with adults, couples, adolescents, and preteens throughout San Diego county.