One of the beautiful states that make up the American Southwest, New Mexico is home to nearly 1,000 psychologists despite its small population base. Students hoping to find psychology schools or graduate programs in New Mexico will be please to learn there are a number of impressive options around the state.

Speaking of options, the search tool below is a great way to locate a variety of grad programs and psychology schools within New Mexico.

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Acquiring an education in psychology is an important part of the process of building a career, but it is far from the last step. All individuals hoping to work as psychologists in New Mexico must be officially licensed in order to apply their training legally. Meeting all of the requirements for licensure should be a top priority of anyone looking to enter this field.

New Mexico Psychologist Licensing

Becoming licensed to practice psychology in New Mexico is a great accomplishment. Once that hurdle has been cleared, a licensed psychologist can provide a number of services, including:

  • Treating people who are dealing with various addictions
  • Offering individual and group therapy to confront challenges pertaining to anxiety and depression
  • Helping solve family crisis through various therapy and treatment plans

New Mexico Licensing of Psychologists

In New Mexico, it is the Board of Psychologist Examiners that is in charge of issuing licenses to current and potential psychologists.

The steps that are required in order to successfully receive a license include those listed below:

Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in psychology

Submit a background check

Accumulate a total of 3.000 hours of supervised practice

Pass two exams

Submit the necessary paperwork and fees to complete the application

Other Licensing Requirements
  • Only up to 1,500 hours of supervised practice can occur pre-doctoral internship

Exams for Psychologists in New Mexico

Two written exams must be taken in order to obtain a license. The first is the EPPP (Examination for Practice in Professional Psychology). This exam must be passed with at least a 70% score. The second exam, the Examination of Ethics and New Mexico Jurisprudence, must be passed with a minimum of 75% score.

New Mexico Psychology Specializations

  • Clinical Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychology with Prescriptive Authority

Specialization Requirements

  • Those seeking prescriptive authority must take specific course work and additional supervised practice

License Renewal

  • 40 hours of continuing education are required to be completed every two years
New Mexico Licensure Resources

Employment and Salary Trends for New Mexico Psychology

Nationwide vs. New Mexico – Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

New Mexico 18.1%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

New Mexico 13.5%

Number Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychologists and Psychologists, Other employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

New Mexico 980

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To learn more about the field of psychology in New Mexico, please visit the links provided below.

New Mexico Resources for Psychology