Ohio Psychologist Licensing Law Amended in HB64:
“Institutional Accreditation” Retained as Basis for Doctoral Degree Eligibility
Effective September 29, 2015 amendments to ORC § 4732.10 in HB64 will result in the retention of license eligibility for individuals with doctoral degrees in psychology or school psychology from institutions accredited or recognized by a national or regional accrediting agency without a requirement for academic program accreditation. Enrollment and graduation deadlines in the previous "grandfather" provision have been eliminated. Regardless of the dates of enrollment or graduation, doctoral degrees in psychology or school psychology from institutions accredited or recognized by a national or regional accrediting agency will continue to satisfy the educational requirements for license eligibility under the "old law."
The definition of "national or regional accrediting agency" remains unchanged and means one of the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Higher Education; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools); Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges.
The definition of "academic program accreditation" remains unchanged and means that the doctoral degree granting program holds accreditation, designation, or approval by one or more of the following entities: (i) The American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation; (ii) The Accreditation Office of the Canadian Psychological Association; (iii) The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register Designation Committee; or (iv) The National Association of School Psychologists.
Graduates of programs that do not hold academic program accreditation are still required to complete a minimum of 3,600 hours of qualifying supervised training, including no fewer than 1,800 hours of supervised post-doctoral experience [see OAC § 4732-9-01(A)]. The legislative changes do not affect the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training options available to graduates of programs with academic program accreditation applying under the "new law" [see OAC § 4732-9-01(B)] or the license eligibility requirements for "senior psychologists" [see OAC § 4732-9-01(C)].
All candidates (even those from APA-accredited programs) may apply using the "old law" training forms if a post-doc year is completed.
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