North Carolina is a state rich with institutions of higher learning, whose wealth is perfectly demonstrated by the list of psychology schools and graduate programs available. This state has a long history in the field of psychology, as the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina was founded in 1921.

To gain an understanding of the available psychology graduate programs and undergraduate degrees in North Carolina, please use the search tool below.

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As it is in other states, licensing is required to practice psychology in North Carolina. The requirements for obtaining a license are rather significant, so those interested in this career path should get started right away working toward the ultimate goal of licensure.

Licensing of Psychologists in North Carolina

Licensed psychologists in North Carolina are able to provide a number of different services, including the items listed below.

  • Working with people who are struggling with addiction problems such as drug or alcohol dependency
  • Providing group and individual therapy to people with a variety of mental illnesses
  • Serving businesses and corporations by providing behavioral training

North Carolina Psychology Licensing Body

Any individual who wishes to receive a license to practice psychology in North Carolina will need to go through the North Carolina Psychology Board. This body was created in 1967 and it carries the task of confirming the qualifications of individuals to work in this field.

The following steps must be completed in order to be considered for a license:

Hold a doctoral degree from an institution which is accredited by the APA

Complete two years of supervised professional practice experience, including one year post-doctoral

Pass two exams as part of the application process

Submit all relevant paperwork and fees in order to process the application for licensure

Other Licensing Requirements
  • Three professional references must be submitted with application

Psychology Licensing Exams in North Carolina

The two exams which must be passed in order to obtain a license are the EPPP and the Board-developed State Exam. The EPPP is a national standard, while the state exam covers topics specific to North Carolina such as education and supervision.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in North Carolina

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Services Provider (addition to basic license)

Specialization Requirements

  • Specific education and experience requirements must be met in order to be eligible for the Health Services Provider designation (HSP-P)

License Renewal

  • There is a total requirement of 18 hours of continuing education during a two-year renewal period.
North Carolina Psychology Licensing Resources

North Carolina Salary and Employment Trends for Psychologists

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in North Carolina vs. Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

North Carolina 15.6%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

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

Nationwide 115,810

North Carolina 2,860

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The links below offer further information on psychology within the state of North Carolina.

Psychology Resources in North Carolina