Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Licensure

Q:     Will I be able to be licensed as a psychologist when I complete the Program?

A:      Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program of TCSPP at XULA, graduates will have earned a doctoral degree as is required by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists to sit for the examination to become licensed as a psychologist.

Q:        What options do graduates of non-APA accredited programs have in the job market?

A:        Eligibility requirements for obtaining licensure as a psychologist or clinical psychologist are based on individual state requirements and typically include completion of post-doctoral residency hours. State agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice. Some states required applicants to have completed a program that is APA accredited, while others either do not require APA accreditation, or provide an alternative for graduates from non-APA accredited programs. Louisiana is one of those states that provide an alternative. Therefore, even though the Program is not APA accredited, graduates of the Program are prepared to sit for the psychologist licensing exam administered by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (“Board”), so long as post-doctoral requirements and any other requirements of the Board are met. Students are responsible for determining and completing any additional requirements for licensure as a psychologist or clinical psychologist in any jurisdiction other than Louisiana.

In addition to the state examination requirements, applicants will be subject to the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), developed and owned by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), to determine candidates’ competence to practice the profession of psychology.

Q:        What are the benefits of attending TCSPP’s clinical psychology doctoral program at Xavier University of New Orleans (XULA)?

A:        This is a unique program in the state of Louisiana that is grounded in psychological principles and cultural competencies based in a historic, culturally enriching, and multicultural urban area. Students will also benefit from The Chicago School’s engaged professional model of education, which allows for close collaboration between students and professional faculty. Additional program benefits include the program’s Research Clerkship, community and social justice orientation for applied practice, and the opportunity to study with excellent faculty.