Psychology Programs in Nevada
Those with a psychology degree in Nevada can have many career options, from being a private practice clinical psychologist in Pahrump to being a mental health technician in a hospital setting in Reno, or being a youth therapist in Vegas. If you’re interested in getting your degree locally, there are many paths among Nevada-based institutions of higher education.
Nevada Psychology Spotlight Programs
Nevada’s public and private colleges and universities offer psychology programs at all levels of education. Here are a few that stand out.
University of Nevada–Reno (Reno)
A renowned land-grant research institution, the University of Nevada-Reno is known for affordability: more than half of the school’s students graduate with no debt.
Undergraduates at the University of Nevada-Reno can earn a general B.A. in psychology or choose a concentration in either behavior analysis or research specialization. Behavior analysis is also available as an M.A. or a Ph.D. Other Ph.D. options include clinical psychology and cognitive and brain science.
In-state tuition for resident undergrads is $233 per credit for the 2019–2020 academic year. Non-residents pay $256.25. Graduate tuition is $285.75 for in-state residents. Out-of-state students pay $314.25 for fewer than seven credits. Seven graduate credits or more is a flat rate of $7,525.50.
University of Nevada–Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas is known for its diversity, stemming from its location in Las Vegas. It’s also known for its rich tradition of research. Faculty members conduct cutting-edge research in areas such as clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. Even undergraduates are encouraged to work as research assistants in the university’s many labs.
The university offers undergrads both a B.A. and a minor in psychology. Graduate students can opt for a Ph.D. in either clinical or experimental psychology. Students can earn academic credit by signing up or volunteering for independent study and independent research courses.
Undergraduate tuition is $4,086 per semester for residents and $11,611 for non-residents. Graduate tuition is $3,081 and $10,606.
Sierra Nevada College (Incline Village)
World-class skiing and the beauty of Lake Tahoe aren’t the only reasons to study psychology at Sierra Nevada College. There is no graduate program, but the undergraduate B.A. coursework has the feel of a master’s. Every psych major will design and carry out at least one original research project, from developing a hypothesis to designing an experiment to performing a statistical analysis of the results. When they’re done, they’ll write their results for publication and present them at conferences and the SNU Psychology Research Fair. Tuition is $34,319 per academic year or $382 per credit online.
Nevada State College (Henderson)
Located at the foot of Mount Scorpion, Nevada State College offers sprawling views of the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. Its buildings are modern and energy-efficient, and the open space on the 511-acre campus was designed with sustainability in mind—the campus cafe doubles as an organic teaching garden.
Psychology is offered to undergraduates at the college as a B.A. or B.S., with the option of a minor in counseling. Both programs provide the traditional general education and core courses, but they also expose students to unique conceptual courses like the psychology of money.
Tuition is $168.25 per credit for Nevada residents and $6,250.50 per semester for non-residents.
How to Become a Psychologist in Nevada
To work as a psychologist in Nevada, you have to meet both the educational prerequisites and the licensing requirements established by the state.
Education Requirements to Become a Nevada Psychologist
You need a doctorate to earn the title of “psychologist.” There are many related careers, however, that you can begin with only a master’s degree or even a bachelor’s degree.
If you do decide to pursue a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., it usually won’t be necessary to earn a master’s degree first, although some doctoral programs do require a master’s. Even if your program doesn’t require it, however, you might consider getting a master’s before you move onto a doctorate. Intermediate graduate work can ease the transition to the challenges of a doctoral program, as opposed to jumping straight into a Ph.D. or Psy.D. right out of undergraduate school. Also, a master’s program can help you decide on a specialty.
The APA officially recognizes around 20 specialties and proficiencies within the field. You might notice while browsing programs that some of the more popular and common specialties in Nevada include counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, school psychology, and couple and family psychology.
Nevada Psychology Licensing and Exams
Earning a doctoral degree is a significant accomplishment, but it still doesn’t qualify you to begin your career. To work as a psychologist in Nevada, you’ll have to first earn a professional license.
The Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners is responsible for licensing psychologists in the state. The board issues a single psychologist license and three training registrations: psychological trainee, psychological intern, and psychological assistant.
To earn a full license you must complete an APA-accredited doctoral program. If the program was not APA accredited, you are responsible for proving equivalency. You must also complete two years of supervised training, including 2,000 hours of pre-doctoral training and 1,750 post-doc. Licensing also requires that you pass two exams. The first is the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)—although depending on when you apply, it might be the EPPP2, as Nevada is an early adopter of that test. You’ll also have to pass the Nevada State Exam.
There are also several fees, including the $150 application fee, a $300 state exam fee, and a $500 biannual renewal fee.
Once you earn your license, you’ll have to renew it every two years. To do that, you need to complete 30 hours of continuing education credits, at least six of which must be in ethics and up to 15 of which can be taken online.
Nevada is unique in that it licenses school psychologists separately through the state Board of Education. The process is similar, but the tests, fees, and specific training hour requirements are different.
Psychology Specializations in Nevada That Do Not Require a Doctorate
Nevada recognizes several related specialties that don’t require doctoral degrees. To work in any of them, however, you must first earn a license. They each have their own licensing boards, but the process is similar to the path followed by psychologists: get a degree, complete a set number of supervised training hours, take exams, pass a background check, and pay fees.
You also need to renew your license periodically by completing continuing education credits.
Job Growth and Psychologist Salary in Nevada
As with every state, your choice of specialty will have an impact on what you can expect to earn during your career. However, for most of the specialties listed below, Nevada has salaries that are higher than the national average for those jobs. This is yet another reason to start your psychology career in Nevada!
|Career||Median Annual Salary|
|Median Salary Per Hour||Expected Job Growth (2016 – 26)|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||$77,200||$37.12||+13%|
|Psychologists—All Other||$76,560||$36.81||no data available|
|Other Specialties in Psychology|
|Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors||$56,880||$27.35||+16%|
|Licensed Clinical Social Workers—All Other||$79,030||$37.99||+9%|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||$54,430||$26.17||+23%|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorders Counselors||$49,270||$23.69||no available data|
All data from O*NET.
Nevada Psychology Scholarships
Scholarships are awards that you can use to offset the cost of education. You don’t have to pay them back. Some are based on merit or need, and others are based on specific criteria such as demographics or type of student (e.g., women, Latinos, or military personnel).
The following list of scholarships are Nevada based. Visit our general scholarship page to find information about scholarships from across the country for all students.
Nevada Internships and Fellowships
Fellowships and internships are similar, but fellowships focus more on academic or professional development while internships concentrate on training. Both often come with stipends or other financial rewards and can satisfy a crucial part of a psychologist’s licensing obligations.
Nevada Psychology Resources
The following organizations and associations provide valuable resources no matter where you are in your schooling or career. They offer benefits like databases of laws and guidelines, networking and information-sharing opportunities, continuing education resources, and licensing information.
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