Nev. Admin. Code § 641.Sec. 4.2 - NEW

Current through March 28, 2022

1. An applicant for licensure as a psychologist who has completed a training program outside the United States that is not accredited by the American Psychological Association must establish to the satisfaction of the Board that the program is equivalent to a program accredited by the Association.
2. The applicant must submit to the Board:
(a) An original diploma or other certificate of graduation from the training program, which will be returned to the applicant, and a photocopy of the document, which will be retained by the Board.
(b) A transcript or other appropriate document of all coursework completed in the training program.
(c) Satisfactory evidence of the completion of the supervised and documented experience required by NAC 641.080.
(d) A statement, based on the documents listed in this subsection, that describes the chronological sequence of studies, training and research engaged in by the applicant. This statement must be comparable to and communicate the same information as a transcript issued by a university in the United States and must highlight how the education and doctoral internship experience of the applicant conforms to the educational requirements set forth in this section.
(e) Suitable documents showing that the training program completed by the applicant substantially complies with the accreditation standards for doctoral programs in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology of the American Psychological Association, which is available, free of charge, at the Internet address http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx, and Section C of the Implementing Regulations of the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, which is available, free of charge, at the Internet address http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx.
(f) A certified translation of any documents submitted pursuant to this subsection which is written in a language other than English.
(g) The evaluation of the academic credentials of the applicant conducted pursuant to subsection 4, except as otherwise provided in subsection 5.
3. For the purposes of paragraph (e) of subsection 2, a training program "substantially complies with the accreditation standards for doctoral programs" if the applicant submits to the Board, without limitation, proof:
(a) Of doctoral training at an institution which is considered by the Board to be an accredited educational institution pursuant to paragraph (b) or (c) of subsection 3 of NAC 641.050.
(b) That the primary purpose of the training program is to provide broad and general training in scientific psychology and in the foundations of practice in health service psychology. The program materials must demonstrate:
(1) The integration of empirical evidence and practice;
(2) That the training is sequential, cumulative, graded in complexity and designed to prepare students for practice or further organized training; and
(3) That the program requires respect for and understanding of cultural and individual differences and diversity.
(c) That the program:
(1) Is a recognizable, coherent organizational entity within the institution where the program is conducted.
(2) Is an integrated, organized sequence of study.
(3) Has stable leadership provided by one or more designated doctoral-level psychologists who:
(I) Are members of an identifiable core faculty of the program; and
(II) Together with other core faculty of the program have primary responsibility for the program's design, implementation, evaluation and quality.
(4) Has an identifiable body of students who are matriculated in the program for the purpose of earning a degree.
(5) Includes supervised practicums which must include, without limitation:
(I) Supervised experience working with diverse persons who display a variety of presenting problems, diagnoses and issues;
(II) Supervised experience in settings committed to training and providing experiences consistent with health service psychology competencies, including, without limitation, those competencies listed in paragraphs (e) and (f);
(III) Supervision provided by appropriately trained and credentialed persons; and
(IV) Practicum evaluations which are based, at least in part, on direct observation, which may occur in person or via electronic means.
(d) That the program requires a student to complete successfully at least 3 academic years, or the equivalent, of full-time graduate study which includes at least 2 years, or the equivalent, of academic training and at least 1 year, or the equivalent, in full-time residence. A person seeking to satisfy the requirement for 1 year in full-time residence based on equivalent experience must demonstrate that the experience achieved all the purposes of the requirement, including, without limitation, mentoring, supervision and evaluation regarding the development of professional competence. Experience in a program that was conducted entirely through electronic means may not be used to satisfy the requirements of this paragraph.
(e) That the applicant, while in the program, acquired and demonstrated substantial graduate-level understanding and competence in discipline-specific knowledge in the following areas:
(1) The history and systems of psychology.
(2) Affective aspects of behavior.
(3) Biological aspects of behavior.
(4) Cognitive aspects of behavior.
(5) Social aspects of behavior.
(6) Developmental aspects of behavior across the lifespan.
(7) Advanced integrative knowledge in scientific psychology.
(8) Research methods.
(9) Quantitative methods.
(10) Psychometrics.
(f) That the applicant, while in the program, achieved and demonstrated profession-wide competency in the following areas:
(1) Research.
(2) Ethical and legal standards.
(3) Individual and cultural diversity.
(4) Professional values, attitudes and behaviors.
(5) Communication and interpersonal skills.
(6) Assessment.
(7) Intervention.
(8) Supervision.
(9) Consultation, interprofessional and interdisciplinary skills.
4. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, to determine whether the training program completed by an applicant is equivalent to a program accredited by the American Psychological Association pursuant to subsection 1, the applicant must have his or her academic credentials, including, without limitation, the required curriculum, evaluated by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Information regarding obtaining a review is available, free of charge, at the Internet address

https://www.nationalregister.org/apply/credentialing-requirements/national-register-doctoral-degree-guidelines/. Upon completion of the evaluation the applicant shall cause the National Register of Health Service Psychologists to submit the evaluation directly to the Board. The Board will review the evaluation and determine whether the program completed by the applicant is equivalent to a program that is accredited by the Association.

5. The Board may, upon written request, waive the requirement for an applicant to obtain an evaluation of his or her academic credentials pursuant to subsection 4 if the applicant graduated from a doctoral program that is accredited by the accreditation panel of the Canadian Psychological Association.
6. The Board may establish a subcommittee to review the academic credentials of an applicant and present a recommendation to the Board. In determining whether to approve the academic credentials of an applicant pursuant to subsection 4 or 5, the Board will consider any recommendation from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and the recommendation of the subcommittee, if any, but is not bound to follow such recommendations.
7. If the Board finds that the training program completed by an applicant pursuant to this section is not equivalent to a program accredited by the American Psychological Association, the applicant may petition the Board for reconsideration. A decision of the Board upon reconsideration, or a decision of the Board to deny such a petition, is a final decision for the purposes of chapter 233B of NRS.
8. The applicant is responsible for paying all fees and costs incurred to obtain an evaluation or translation of his or her academic records.
9. It is the responsibility of the applicant to sufficiently demonstrate that the training program completed by the applicant is equivalent to a program accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Notes

Nev. Admin. Code § 641.Sec. 4.2
Added to NAC by Bd. of Psychological Exam'rs by R114-19A, eff. 12/22/2021
NRS 641.100, 641.110, 641.170

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