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RULE §463.8Licensed Psychological Associate
ISSUE 12/15/2017
ACTION Final/Adopted
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)Licensure Requirements. An applicant for licensure as a psychological associate must:

  (1)hold a graduate degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

  (2)provide documentation of at least six (6) semester credit hours of practicum, internship or other structured experience within the applicant's graduate degree program under the supervision of a licensed psychologist;

  (3)pass all examinations required by the board and meet each of the criteria listed in §501.255(a)(2)-(9) of the Occupations Code; and

  (4)demonstrate graduate level coursework in each of the following areas:

    (A)Psychological Foundations:

      (i)the biological bases of behavior;

      (ii)the acquired or learned bases of behavior, including learning, thinking, memory, motivation and emotion;

      (iii)the social, cultural, and systemic bases of behavior;

      (iv)the individual or unique bases of behavior, including personality theory, human development, and abnormal behavior;

    (B)Research and Statistics:

      (i)the methodology used to investigate questions and acquire knowledge in the practice of psychology;

      (ii)coursework in research design and methodology, statistics, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry;

    (C)Applied Psychology:

      (i)the history, theory, and application of psychological principles;

      (ii)the application of psychological theories to individuals, families, and groups;


      (i)intellectual, personality, cognitive, physical, and emotional abilities, skills, interests, and aptitudes;

      (ii)socio-economic, including behavioral, adaptive, and cultural assessment;


      (i)the application of therapeutic techniques;

      (ii)behavior management;

      (iii)consultation; and

    (F)Scientific and Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues.

(b)Degree Requirements.

  (1)For purposes of this rule:

    (A)a graduate degree in psychology means the name of the candidate's major or program of studies contains the term "psychology;"

    (B)a specialist degree shall be treated as a graduate degree; and

    (C)one semester credit hour equals one and one-half quarter credit hours.

  (2)A degree utilized to meet the requirements of this rule must consist of at least sixty (60) semester credit hours, with no more than twelve (12) semester credit hours of practicum, internship, or structured experience being counted toward the total degree hour requirement.

  (3)Applicants must demonstrate proof of the graduate level coursework required in subsection (a)(4) of this section by identifying which courses or training listed on their transcripts satisfy the required areas of study. Applicants may be required to provide the board with an official course catalogue or description from their university or training program to verify whether a course meets the requirements of this rule.

(c)Supervision Requirements.

  (1)A licensed psychological associate must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist and may not practice independently.

  (2)Notwithstanding subsection (c)(1) and subject to the limitations set out in subsection (c)(3) below, a licensed psychological associate may practice independently if:

    (A)the licensee can demonstrate at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate degree experience in the delivery of psychological services under the supervision of one or more licensed psychologists;

    (B)the supervised experience was obtained in not less than 24 consecutive months, but not more than 48 consecutive months, and in not more than three placements; and

    (C)the licensee submits an application for independent practice evidencing proof of the required supervised experience.

  (3)A licensed psychological associate meeting the requirements of subsection (c)(2) shall be approved for independent practice, but remains subject to all board rules, including Board rule §465.9 relating to competency.

  (4)Applicants may not utilize any supervised experience obtained from a psychologist with a restricted license or to whom they are related within the second degree of affinity or consanguinity to satisfy the requirements of this rule.

  (5)Applicants licensed as specialists in school psychology may utilize experience acquired under that license if the experience was supervised by a licensed psychologist.

(d)Notwithstanding subsection (c)(3), an application for independent practice may be denied if a gap of more than two years exists between the completion of the supervised experience required for independent practice and the date of application for independent practice. The rules governing the waiver of gaps related to supervised experience found in Board rule §463.11 shall govern any request for a waiver under this rule.

(e)The correct title for a person licensed under this rule shall be "licensed psychological associate" or "psychological associate."

(f)A licensed psychological associate authorized to practice independently under this rule must inform all patients and clients as part of the informed consent process, whether the licensee holds a master's, specialist or doctoral degree, and provide the patient with a current copy of any informational pamphlet or brochure published by the Board describing the differences between the levels of training and education received in master's, specialist, and doctoral degree programs. In lieu of providing each patient or client with a copy of the required pamphlet or brochure, licensees may publish in a conspicuous manner, the pamphlet or brochure on their website or provide a link to the pamphlet or brochure on the Board's website.

(g)Continuation of Prior Law.

  (1)Notwithstanding subsection (b)(1)(A), a person who begins a graduate program leading to a degree required by subsection (a)(1) before August 31, 2019, will be considered to have met the requirements of that subsection if the individual's degree is primarily psychological in nature. This subsection expires on August 31, 2021.

  (2)Notwithstanding subsection (b)(2), a person who begins a graduate program leading to a degree required by subsection (a)(1) before August 31, 2019, will be considered to have met the requirements of that subsection if the individual has completed 42 semester credit hours with at least 27 of those hours in psychology. Applicants with degrees consisting of less than 42 semester credit hours may utilize a maximum of 12 semester credit hours from another graduate degree program in psychology to achieve the total of 42 semester credit hours. This subsection expires on August 31, 2021.

(h)Notwithstanding subsections (c)(1)-(3), a licensed psychological associate with an active license as of September 1, 2017 who maintained an active license throughout the three years preceding that date, is considered to have met the requirements of subsection (c)(2) and may practice independently in accordance with subsection (c)(3).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on November 28, 2017


Darrel D. Spinks

Executive Director

Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Effective date: December 18, 2017

Proposal publication date: October 6, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7706

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