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Certification and Licensure

The College of Psychology is home to outstanding bachelor's, specialist, and doctoral programs that meet the highest professional standards. Our evidence based curriculum and expert faculty provide our students with high quality instruction that is student-centered and highly engaging. Our outstanding faculty guide students, not only in discovering and appreciating the factual content of their respective fields of study, but also in developing the critical and creative thinking skills essential to producers or consumers of science and the investigative skills of aspiring professionals, researchers, and clinicians. Therefore, our highly prepared graduates are well received in their chosen professions and are employed locally, nationally and across the globe.

More information on the College's accredited programs are located at https://psychology.nova.edu/about/accreditation.html. The following provides additional information on certification and state licensure.

ABA Certification

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB) has approved the course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take either the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination. Students wishing to fulfill BACB requirements for professional certification should contact the BACB for specific information and advisement. It is recommended that students register with the BACB in order to receive monthly newsletters and stay well-informed of credentialing requirements. Please check with an academic advisor regarding course planning and selection. Students wishing to fulfill BACB requirements for professional certification should contact the BACB for specific information.

State Licensure/Certification

State licensure/certification requirements for the clinical psychology, school psychology, and counseling programs offered at the College of Psychology are regulated by individual states, and as such vary from state to state. Students are responsible for verifying their individual eligibility for licensure/certification periodically through a careful review of state licensure regulations, as they are subject to change. Counseling students can review state licensure requirements at http://www.nbcc.org/directory

A degree conferred from an APA or NCATE accredited program may not automatically mean acceptance of the program curricula by a given state for the purpose of professional licensure. Students are responsible for verifying their individual eligibility through careful review of the state licensure regulations in the state in which they plan to practice to determine its specific requirements.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, NSU is required to provide the following information to applicants and students completing their coursework outside of the state of Florida, including field experiences (e.g. internships, practica, clinical placements), when their program of study customarily leads to professional licensure.

The curricula for both Doctoral Programs (Ph.D. and Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology meet the educational degree completion requirement for licensure as a psychologist in the state of Florida, as delineated in Chapter 490 of the Florida Statutes. Licensure allows for independent practice or employment in hospitals and community agencies.

Students should note that requirements for professional licensure and certification can vary by state. At this time, the College of Psychology cannot confirm whether its Ph.D. or Psy.D degrees in Clinical Psychology meet all of the licensure requirements in a student’s state of residence. Students should refer to their state licensing body for further information. Information regarding state, provincial, and territorial agencies responsible for licensure of psychologists throughout the United States and Canada may be obtained through the Association of State and Provisional Psychology Boards (ASPPB), http://www.asppb.net/page/BdContactNewPG.

If you have trouble obtaining the information you need, or if you have any other questions or concerns about licensure, please contact Dr. Ana Fins at (954) 262-5897 or anaifins@nova.edu or Dr. Barbara Garcia-Lavin at (954) 262-7917 or garciala@nova.edu.

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, NSU is required to provide the following information to applicants and students completing their coursework outside of the state of Florida, including field experiences (e.g. internships, practicums, clinical placements), when their program of study customarily leads to professional licensure.

Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology Master of Science in Counseling Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration meets the educational degree completion requirements for national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Requirements for professional licensure and certification can vary drastically by state. At this time, the College of Psychology cannot confirm whether its Master of Science in Counseling degree meets all of the educational, licensure, and certification requirements in all states. Further, these requirements can change frequently and often without notice.

We advise you to contact your state licensing and certification body to ensure the degree will meet requirements for certification and/or licensure in the state in which you seek to be licensed or certified. For certification and licensing board contact information and approval status, please see https://www.bacb.com and Association of APBA Professional Behavior Analysts.

If you have trouble obtaining the information you need, or if you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Emmy Maurilus at (954) 262-6922 or em986@nova.edu.

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, NSU is required to provide the following information to applicants and students completing their coursework outside of the state of Florida, including field experiences (e.g. internships, practicums, clinical placements), when their program of study customarily leads to professional licensure.

Nova Southeastern University, College of Psychology, Master of Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and certification requirements for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Requirements for professional licensure and certification can vary drastically by state. At this time, the College of Psychology cannot confirm whether its Master of Science in Counseling degree meets all of the educational, licensure, and certification requirements in all states. Further, these requirements can change frequently and often without notice.

Several states have unique licensing requirements, and thus this information is subject to change without notice. Please note that Illinois and New York do not permit internship placements for students enrolled in online programs. Students seeking licensure in California and Ohio may be required to complete an additional course per those state's specific statutes. Please note that North Carolina, Kentucky, Utah, Arkansas, Missouri, and New Hampshire accept only CACREP-accredited degrees for licensure currently or by 2022. In December 2018, NSU submitted its application for CACREP accreditation. We advise you to contact your state licensing and certification body to ensure the degree will meet requirements for licensure in the state in which you seek to be licensed. For licensing board contact information and approval status, please see http://www.nbcc.org/Search/StateBoardDirectory.

If you have trouble obtaining the information you need, or if you have any other questions, please contact Brenda Levine at (954) 262-5799 or brenda.levine@nova.edu, for assistance.

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, NSU is required to provide the following information to applicants and students completing their coursework outside of the state of Florida, including field experiences (e.g. internships, practica, clinical placements), when their program of study customarily leads to professional licensure.

Nova Southeastern University, College of Psychology, Doctoral Program in School Psychology program meets the credentialing requirements of the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP). In addition, the urriculum meets the criteria for licensure as a school psychologist and as a psychologist within the state of Florida, as delineated in Chapters 490 and 491 of the Florida Statutes. Certification allows graduates to be employed in the public or private schools, while licensure allows for independent practice or employment in hospitals and community agencies.

Certification and licensure requirements for school psychologists vary by state and these requirements can change frequently and often without notice. At this time, the College of Psychology cannot confirm whether its Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology degree meets all of the licensure and certification requirements in a student’s state of residence. Students should refer to their state licensing and certification body for further information.

We advise you to contact your state ‘s credentialing body to ensure the degree will meet requirements for certification and/or licensure in the state in which you seek to be licensed or certified. School psychology credentialing requirements by state may be found on the NASP website through the following link: http://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/state-school-psychology-credentialing-requirements. Information regarding licensure to practice psychology by state may be found on the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and through the following link: https://www.asppb.net/page/ReqPsych.

If you have trouble obtaining the information you need, or if you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Sarah Valley-Gray at (954) 262-5826 or valleygr@nova.edu.

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, NSU is required to provide the following information to applicants and students completing their coursework outside of the state of Florida, including field experiences (e.g. internships, practicums, clinical placements), when their program of study customarily leads to professional licensure.

Nova Southeastern University, College of Psychology, Specialist Program in School Psychology program meets the educational degree certification requirements for Florida Department of Education (DOE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP). In addition, in Florida, as well as a few other states, graduates who hold the specialist degree are license eligible for independent practice as school psychologists. Certification and licensure requirements for school psychologists vary by state. At this time, the College of Psychology cannot confirm whether its Specialist in School Psychology degree meets all of the licensure and certification requirements in a student’s state of residence. Students should refer to their state licensing and certification body for further information.

We advise you to contact your state ‘s credentialing body to ensure the degree will meet requirements for certification and/or licensure in the state in which you seek to be licensed or certified. School psychology credentialing requirements by state may be found on the NASP website through the following link.

If you have trouble obtaining the information you need, or if you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Angela Waguespack at (954) 262-5719 or waguespa@nova.edu.

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