Nebraska Psychology Doctorate Programs

Below is the information you need to know about doctoral programs in psychology in Nebraska. Also listed is information about how to obtain your psychologist’s license in the state. Please keep reading to learn more.

What’s On This Page

  • Quick Facts
  • Nebraska PsyD Programs
  • Other Psychology Doctorates
  • Nebraska Psychologist Requirements
  • Nebraska Doctorate Salary Outlook

Quick Facts

  • Nebraska is home to twenty universities and not-for-profit colleges offering psychology degree programs.
  • Two of these schools offer associate’s degrees in psychology, seventeen offer bachelor’s degrees, and four offer master’s or advanced degrees.
  • The University of Nebraska – Lincoln is ranked at number eighty three in-state, and eighty out-of-state with Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges. The school is also ranked with Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors, 2018.
  • Creighton University has the highest graduation rate at 79%, while Bellevue holds the highest transfer-out rate at 75%.
  • Creighton and Bellevue are at opposite ends of the net price spectrum, with Creighton in the highest spot at $30,353, and Bellevue at the lowest with $6,349.

List of PsyD Programs in New Mexico

There are currently no PsyD programs in the state of New Mexico.

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Other Psychology Doctorates in New Mexico

If you want to earn your Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on academic research, there are good options in Nebraska.

University of Nebraska Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Lincoln offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology that has been accredited by the APA since 1948. This doctoral program was named the Outstanding Training program in 2013 by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. The goal of the five-year program is to produce highly trained and scientifically focused doctoral psychologists who have skills in professional and research roles. The program follows the scientist-practitioner model, and its clinical and research training are integrated and continuous processes that are regularly supervised and monitored by the faculty. Students in the Ph.D. program are trained to be producers and consumers of research and they learn how to apply best research evidence in clinical practice and to generate new knowledge to enhance treatment.

  • Institution type: Public
  • Main campus: Lincoln
  • Annual tuition: $7,575 in-state, $18,879 out-of-state
  • Degrees offered: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Accreditation: APA
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University of Nebraska Omaha

The University of Nebraska Omaha offers a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology that is accredited by the APA. The focus in the five-year program is on theoretical, methodologist, and statistical approaches to the study of human development. Students have the chance to integrate methodological and theoretical training as they study human development, with direct experience in research, as well as applied developmental psychology. The program stresses infancy through adolescence, but there are opportunities for scholarly study in the later periods of life.

  • Institution type: Public
  • Main campus: Omaha
  • Annual tuition: $7,752 in-state, $16,374 out-of-state
  • Degrees offered: Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
  • Accreditation: APA
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How to Become a Practicing Clinical Psychologist in Nebraska

Attaining your bachelor’s or master’s degree is only the first step towards earning your license to practice clinical psychology in the state of Nebraska. From there, you will want to pursue your doctorate, which can take anywhere from four to seven years.

Your bachelor’s degree will qualify you to apply for a doctorate program, but you may want to pursue a standalone master’s degree if you hope to specialize in one particular path of psychology, or if you would like to have a headstart on your doctorate courses. Otherwise, a doctorate program will bring you up to speed on everything you need to know from a master’s program.

You will need 1,500 hours of APA-approved professional experience. Many doctorate programs include a year long internship that will cover this. From there, it’s on to exams and testing.

  1. Apply for a provisional license. This will allow you to follow up your 1,500 APA-approved hours with another 1,500 of supervised professional experience for 3,000 total. The application fee will run you $50, and the required background check with the DHHS will cost $45.25.
  2. You must complete these hours within a span of 24 months, and at least 1,000 hours of the experience must involve face-to-face time with clients and patients. You will have an hour of supervision with a licensed psychologist for every week of experience, and your supervisor will have to complete a form to confirm this.
  3. Next is the licensing exam. You will need to score at least 500 on the EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) test, which is multiple choice with 225 questions. The fee will cost you $687.50. There is also a 100-item open book test for Nebraska’s jurisprudence exam, and you will need to pass with at least 80% correct answers. After this, you can apply for your full license.
  4. Complete the Psychology License Application form, send that to the DHHS, and pay the $183 fee. The fee will be reduced to $45.75 for the last six months of even numbered years. This sounds like an odd provision, but it has to do with the licensure renewal dates.
  5. Receive your license. You are now free to practice psychology in the state of Nebraska.
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Nebraska Clinical Psychologist Salary and Job Outlook

Nebraska is in need of clinical, counseling and school psychologists right now, with only 540 employed, earning a median of $74,200 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The industry is expected to see a 13.8% ten year growth into the 2020’s. The industrial-organizational psychology field is expected to see a 5.9% growth nationally in that same time, but not necessarily in Nebraska.