Rhode Island

Rhode Island Psychology Education Overview

Psychology Licensure in Rhode Island

By getting your license to practice Psychology in Rhode Island, you open the door of opportunity for a vast array of human services positions. With your license to practice Psychology you will have many career environments to choose at such as: opening your own private practice in Warwick or at a school in Providence. With has a population of just over 1 million people, Rhode Island is one of the least populated states in the nation. However, it Rhode Island is geographically very small so finding work in the state is relatively easy due to population density which ranks 2nd in the U.S. In the state of Rhode Island, a Psychologist can expect to earn a mean yearly wage of $82,100 according to the BLS1. If the idea of helping children to heal their emotional problems sounds fulfilling to you, then you may wish to seek employment one of Rhode Island’s 60+ School districts2. If working in a hospital setting with all its stimulation sounds appealing, then you may wish to consider researching career opportunities available at one of Rhode Island’s 18+ major hospitals3. Once you have your license to practice Psychology in Rhode Island you will find a great diversity of career possibilities have become available to you. Below you will find the fruit of our efforts to bring you a top notch guide on becoming licensed as a Psychologist in Rhode Island.

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Required Educational Background

Becoming a licensed Psychologist in Rhode Island is a financially lucrative and personally fulfilling career to pursue. To be eligible to apply for licensure, you will need to continue your schooling earning your Bachelor, Master and eventually your Ph.D. in psychology.

You will find that a Bachelor of Psychology is an extremely useful degree to have. Whether you continue your schooling to earn your Master and Doctorate of Psychology, or instead choose to find a job in one of the many other human services positions that this degree makes you eligible for, your Bachelor of psychology is great degree to earn.

Rhode Island is a state that requires that you have earned a Ph.D. in psychology to be eligible to apply for licensure. So while you cannot attain licensure with a Master’s degree, it is an important step to take on your journey to licensure. You will want to also keep in mind that even if you don’t want to continue your schooling to get a doctorate, you will find that your degree is a powerful asset to have on your resume while looking for work in the human services sector.

To start on your journey to licensure you will need your doctorate in psychology from a board approved school. Once you have your doctorate you will need to earn your field experience.

Field Experience

To begin accumulating your required field experience for licensure, you will need to do the following:

  • You will need at least 1500 hours of field experience from an internship or practicum while studying for your PH.D.
  • After your internship is completed you will need to earn an additional 1500 hours of supervised experience in a one year or greater time period.
  • You will need to apply for licensure, get approval and take your examination as explained below.

You will want to familiarize yourself with Rhode Island’s specific laws and regulations regarding licensure. These laws change so it is good to make sure you have current information, which you can find here:


Once you have completed your field experience you can apply to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).

  • Pass the EPPP with a score meeting the Rhode Island minimum

You can find some helpful information about your EPPP here: