M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology
- 2 Years
The TCSPP Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology is a two-year program designed to educate students who wish to expand their knowledge base in psychopharmacology and medical conditions that are relevant to mental health care. Students will learn how to increase their current competency in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, and engage in case-based learning that […]
The TCSPP Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology is a two-year program designed to educate students who wish to expand their knowledge base in psychopharmacology and medical conditions that are relevant to mental health care. Students will learn how to increase their current competency in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, and engage in case-based learning that will enhance their collaborative practice skills.
The program uses online teaching methods and applied case-based learning to train current and aspiring practitioners to integrate medical approaches into their client care. In addition to the 31 credit hour didactic courses, the program includes a research project.
M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology Online Program: Student Experience
Through the convenience of the online programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology®, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find the coursework and assignments for your clinical psychopharmacology courses, interact with fellow students, and are asked questions from your instructor.
Clinical Anatomy and Integrated Science
This course is designed to emphasize the concepts and structures of human clinical anatomy. Students will receive lecture and/or lab instruction providing clinical anatomy terminology with general concepts of the musculoskeletal system, the organ systems of the thoracic and abdominal cavities, the vascular system, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. A description of the functional properties of each of these areas is also discussed. The course is designed to provide the psychopharmacology student with a clinical anatomy perspective which they can integrate into their basic science studies of physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, neuroscience and clinical studies.
This course is designed to offer students in clinical psychopharmacology a physiologic understanding of normal organ and system function and disease processes. Cellular physiology, immunology, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine physiology and hepatic and renal functions, as well as pertinent disorders in each area will be studied. Clinical cases will be presented throughout the course to highlight pathophysiological conditions and their interaction with mental and emotional functioning.
Licensure for Prescriptive Authority
The MS Clinical Psychopharmacology program is aligned with the didactic curriculum of the 2009 American Psychological Association (APA) Recommended Postdoctoral Education and Training Program in Psychopharmacology, but is not an APA-designated program. A slowly growing number of states are extending prescriptive authority to licensed clinical psychologists that have received additional education and training in psychopharmacology. States may choose to model their educational requirements for prescriptive authority on the APA recommended curriculum. In addition to coursework requirements, states may also require supervised clinical experience, a component that is not a part of the program at TCSPP. It is a student’s responsibility to research their state’s requirements should they wish to pursue prescriptive authority
At this time there are three states where prescriptive authority is available for licensed psychologists. The M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology program meets the degree, program, and curriculum requirements for eligibility for licensure as a medical psychologist in Louisiana. In addition to educational requirements, candidates must possess an unrestricted license to practice psychology in the state and complete an application process which includes a fee, background check, and passage of a national exam in psychopharmacology. The M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology program does not meet requirements for prescriptive authority in New Mexico and Illinois.
Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology online degree program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field (e.g., nursing) from a regionally-accredited institution, and, who meets The Chicago School entrance requirements.
- Completed application
- $50 application fee
- An undergraduate (or graduate, if applicable) GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is expected for admission.
- Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.
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