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PhD/PsyD State license processing time

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by IT514, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. IT514

    IT514 Neuropsychologist
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    Just wondering what folks have experienced with their state psychology boards in terms of turnaround time. I am licensed in a state where it was about 6 weeks from the time they recieved my application to the time I was listed as licensed. They have a rolling review process and were pretty easy to deal with.

    I took a VA job in another state, and thinking it would be nice to do some PP on the side, I sent an application in. The board meets only 4 times per month and I sent my app in a week ahead of the review date. I was told that I will probably miss the next review due to "processing time" and it will likely be reviewed in November. Thats well over three months to just review the application. Seems a bit absurd to me.

    I'm wondering what others have experienced.
     
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  3. LETSGONYR

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    I had submitted my initial application earlier, so I can't say for sure. But, I submitted my postdoc hours around the same time I took the eppp, and I got my license 2-3 weeks later. My state doesn't require a jurisprudence exam.

    Anecdotally, it took a few friends longer, due to misplaced paperwork. One person had the state tell her that "these things take a few weeks, since the mailroom is in the basement and we're all the way up on the twelfth floor." Even if elevators didn't exist, that would not be a valid reason. :)
     
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  4. CourageToGrow

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    Florida has been very reasonable to work with. I heard within a week of putting in my application that I was approved to take EPPP and the lady that handles the e-mail for the board is very responsive with good information in a good time frame. I have friends and family that got licensed in North Dakota, which took up to 9 months!!
     
  5. Therapist4Chnge

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    State #1: ~4wks (there was literally 1 person who handled all applications, so things went as quickly or slowly as she did). No JP exam. Besides having to resubmit some "lost" paperwork and wait bc the person was on vacation, it was pretty painless.

    State #2: 4-16 wks. It was 4wks for me bc my app was reviewed in a wk and there was a 3wk wait for the next juris prudence exam. I've had colleagues and multiple fellows have to wait 1-3mon waits to sit for the exam. The good news is you are considered fully licensed once you pass the JP exam. Card/Certificate get mailed.
     
  6. ClinicalABA

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    Going through the process now, with my second state licensure (CT). All materials sent in by end of May. Took and passed jurisprudence two weeks ago, still waiting for final licensure. CT has a few jurisprudence admins per year, so the wait really depends on when you begin the process. I could've had my stuff in months earlier, and still be in the same position, as I would've had to wait for the July jurisprudence administration.

    It's been awhile since getting my MA licensure, but they have rolling jurisprudence, so I recall it being quicker to schedule. MA exam was computer based, with immediate results. CT was pencil and paper, and they emailed results whin a week.
     
  7. bmedclinic

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    So more or less this has been my experience in that one person handles everything. However, they make all sorts of small mistakes. Spell my name incorrectly on license (still waiting on a license with right spelling). Lost paperwork. Impossible to get on the phone.
    TBH, that experience was enough to make me want to be credentialed with national register so that when I move to another state, hopefully it'll be a little less painful.
     
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    In my state it took over 3 months because the board met less frequently. I did it during year 2 of neuro postdoc though so I had time.
     
  9. smalltownpsych

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    In my state we still have an oral exam that only occurs twice a year. I ended up getting an LPC license which only took about a month so that I could work while I was going through a process that actually took over a year. We are about the worst, I think. My colleague just took about 9 months after completing the post-doc to get licensed because one letter of reference was a week late. It cost my colleague a lot of money to wait those 9 months. Needless to say the process has caused lots of lawsuits, the irony is that they just raised our license fees to pay for said lawsuits.
     
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    In cases of friends/peers where it's taken a while (e.g., 6+ months), this has predominantly been the reason why.

    For me, I want to say it maybe took all of a month, if that? Although I'm "starting the clock" from the moment they received my EPPP scores to the time they replied back and said I'd been approved. It was probably another month for them to review credentials (e.g., CV, letters of supervisory attestation, transcripts) to determine I was eligible to sit for the EPPP.
     

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