1st Engrossment - 80th Legislature (1997 - 1998) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to health professions; establishing licensure 1.3 requirements for volunteer practitioners of 1.4 psychology; modifying requirements for licensure as 1.5 licensed psychologists and for professional 1.6 identification; amending Minnesota Statutes 1996, 1.7 sections 148.907, subdivisions 2, 3, and 4; and 1.8 148.96, subdivisions 1 and 3; proposing coding for new 1.9 law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 148. 1.10 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.11 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 148.907, 1.12 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 1.13 Subd. 2. [REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AS A LICENSED 1.14 PSYCHOLOGIST.] To become licensed by the board as a licensed 1.15 psychologist, an applicant shall comply with the following 1.16 requirements: 1.17 (1) pass an examination in psychology; 1.18 (2) pass a professional responsibility examination on the 1.19 practice of psychology; 1.20 (3) pass any other examinations as required by board rules; 1.21 (4) pay nonrefundable fees to the board for applications, 1.22 processing, testing, renewals, and materials; 1.23 (5) have attained the age of majority, be of good moral 1.24 character, and have no unresolved disciplinary action or 1.25 complaints pending in the state of Minnesota or any other 1.26 jurisdiction; 1.27 (6) have a doctoral degree with a major in psychology from 2.1 a regionally accredited educational institution meeting the 2.2 standards the board has established by rule; and 2.3 (7) have completed at least
twoone full yearsyear or the 2.4 equivalent in part time of postdoctoral supervised psychological 2.5 employment. 2.6 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 148.907, 2.7 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 2.8 Subd. 3. [MASTER'S LEVEL LICENSURE AS A LICENSED 2.9 PSYCHOLOGIST AFTER AUGUST 1, 1991.] (a) A person licensed in 2.10 this state as a licensed consulting psychologist or a licensed 2.11 psychologist before August 1, 1991, qualifies for licensure as a 2.12 licensed psychologist, as described in subdivision 2, at the 2.13 time of license renewal. 2.14 (b) Providing all other licensure requirements have been 2.15 satisfactorily met, the board shall grant licensure as a 2.16 licensed psychologist to a person who: 2.17 (1) before November 1, 1991, entered a graduate program at 2.18 a regionally accredited educational institution granting a 2.19 master's or doctoral degree with a major in psychology which 2.20 meets the standards the board has established by rule; 2.21 (2) before December 31, 1997, earned a master's degree or a 2.22 master's equivalent in a doctoral program at a regionally 2.23 accredited educational institution and complied with 2.24 requirements of subdivision 2, clauses (1) to (5), except that 2.25 the nonrefundable fees for licensure are payable at the time an 2.26 application for licensure is submitted; and 2.27 (3) before December 31, 1998, completed at least twoone 2.28 full yearsyear or the equivalent in part time of post-master's 2.29 supervised psychological employment , which may include a2.30 predoctoral internship. 2.31 (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), the board shall not 2.32 grant licensure as a licensed psychologist under this 2.33 subdivision unless the applicant demonstrates that the applicant 2.34 was a resident of Minnesota on October 31, 1992, and meets all 2.35 the requirements for licensure under this subdivision. 2.36 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 148.907, 3.1 subdivision 4, is amended to read: 3.2 Subd. 4. [CONVERTING FROM MASTER'S TO DOCTORAL LEVEL 3.3 LICENSURE.] To convert from licensure as a licensed psychologist 3.4 at the master's or master's equivalent level to licensure at the 3.5 doctoral level, a licensed psychologist shall have: 3.6 (1) completed an application provided by the board; 3.7 (2) had an official transcript documenting the conferral of 3.8 the doctoral degree sent directly from the educational 3.9 institution to the board; 3.10 (3) paid a nonrefundable fee; 3.11 (4) successfully completed twoone full yearsyear or the 3.12 equivalent in part time of supervised psychological employment, 3.13 which shall not include a predoctoral internship, after earning 3.14 a master's degree or a master's equivalent in a doctoral 3.15 program; 3.16 (5) successfully completed a predoctoral internship meeting 3.17 the standards the board has established by rule; and 3.18 (6) received a doctoral degree with a major in psychology 3.19 from a regionally accredited educational institution meeting the 3.20 standards the board has established by rule. 3.21 Sec. 4. [148.909] [LICENSURE FOR VOLUNTEER PRACTICE.] 3.22 The board, at its discretion, may grant licensure for 3.23 volunteer practice to an applicant who: 3.24 (1) is a former licensee who is completely retired from the 3.25 practice of psychology; 3.26 (2) has no unresolved disciplinary action or complaints 3.27 pending in the state of Minnesota or any other jurisdiction; and 3.28 (3) has held a license, certificate, or registration to 3.29 practice psychology in any jurisdiction for at least 15 years. 3.30 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 148.96, 3.31 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 3.32 Subdivision 1. [REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL 3.33 IDENTIFICATION.] All licensees, when representing themselves in 3.34 activities relating to the practice of psychology, including in 3.35 written materials or advertising, shall identify the academic 3.36 degree upon which their licensure is based, as well as their 4.1 level of licensure. Individuals licensed on the basis of the 4.2 equivalent of a master's degree in a doctoral program shall 4.3 similarly use the designation "M. Eq." to identify the 4.4 educational status on which their licensure is based, as well as 4.5 their level of licensure. 4.6 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 148.96, 4.7 subdivision 3, is amended to read: 4.8 Subd. 3. [REQUIREMENTS FOR REPRESENTATIONS TO THE PUBLIC.] 4.9 (a) Unless licensed under sections 148.88 to 148.98, except as 4.10 provided in paragraphs (b) through (d)(e), persons shall not 4.11 presentrepresent themselves or permit themselves to be 4.12 presentedrepresented to the public by: 4.13 (1) using any title or description of services 4.14 incorporating the words "psychology," 4.15 "psychological," "psychological practitioner," or 4.16 "psychologist"; or 4.17 (2) representing that the person has expert qualifications 4.18 in an area of psychology. 4.19 (b) Psychologically trained individuals who are employed by 4.20 an educational institution recognized by a regional accrediting 4.21 organization, by a federal, state, county, or local government 4.22 institution, agencies, or research facilities, may represent 4.23 themselves by the title designated by that organization. 4.24 (c) A psychologically trained individual from an 4.25 institution described in paragraph (b) may offer lecture 4.26 services and is exempt from the provisions of this section. 4.27 (d) A person who is preparing for the practice of 4.28 psychology under supervision in accordance with board statutes 4.29 and rules may be designated as a "psychological intern," 4.30 "psychological trainee," or by other terms clearly describing 4.31 the person's training status. 4.32 (e) Former licensees who are completely retired from the 4.33 practice of psychology may represent themselves using the 4.34 descriptions in paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (2), but shall 4.35 not represent themselves or allow themselves to be represented 4.36 as current licensees of the board. 5.1 (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit 5.2 the practice of school psychology by a person licensed in 5.3 accordance with chapter 125. 5.4 Sec. 7. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 5.5 Sections 1 to 3 are effective the day following final 5.6 enactment.