What is an LPA?
An LPA is a Licensed Psychological Associate by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. LPAs are master's level clinicians who have met the following criteria:
- a graduate degree in psychology, consisting of at least sixty (60) semester credit hours, with no more than twelve (12) hours of practicum, internship, or structured experience counted toward the total degree hour requirement;
- demonstrate proof of graduate level coursework required in 463.8(a)(4) by identifying courses/training listed on the applicant’s transcript;
- Six (6) semester credit hours of practicum, internship, or other structured experience within the graduate degree program, while under the supervision of a licensed psychologist;
- passage of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP); and
- passage of the Jurisprudence Examination.
The following criteria, if met, allow LPAs to practice independently and without supervision:
- A minimum of 3,000 hours of post-graduate degree supervised experience obtained within 24-48 consecutive months, and in not more than three placements; and
- Application for independent practice authority to the Board.
Click LPA TSBEP Board Brochure for more information on the difference between a licensed psychologist and a licensed psychological associate.