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M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track

Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 3 years / 4 years

The M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology, Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track program is designed for students who are current clinical psychology practitioners and leaders who wish to expand their knowledge base in psychopharmacology, including the medical conditions that are relevant to mental health care. Students will learn how to increase their current competency in key areas, […]

The M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology, Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track program is designed for students who are current clinical psychology practitioners and leaders who wish to expand their knowledge base in psychopharmacology, including the medical conditions that are relevant to mental health care. Students will learn how to increase their current competency in key areas, such as:

  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Intervention

Additionally, students will engage in case-based learning that can enhance their collaborative practice skills.

The Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track consists of all the courses from the coursework only track, but with the addition of 18 clinical rotation courses and a Clinical Competency Examination.  For more information about the course load, contact your enrollment counselor or request more information below.

M.S. in 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 answer questions from your instructor.

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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.

Advanced Pathophysiology

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.

The M.S. 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.

At this time there are three states where prescriptive authority is available for licensed psychologists: Louisiana, Illinois, and New Mexico.

  • Both the Coursework Only Track and the Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track of the M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology program align with the degree and curriculum requirements for eligibility for licensure as a medical psychologist in Louisiana.
  • The Illinois Prescriptive Authority Preparation Track of the M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology program aligns with the degree and clinical rotation requirements for eligibility for licensure as a prescribing psychologist in Illinois. In order to fully meet the coursework requirements for licensure, students who have not completed the following courses in prior graduate coursework must complete the courses in addition to program coursework requirements:
    • Advanced Physical Assessment (1 credit hour)
    • Research Methods (2 credit hours)
  • Neither track of the M.S. Clinical Psychopharmacology program meets requirements for prescriptive authority in New Mexico.

In addition to educational requirements in Louisiana and Illinois, 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.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s post-doctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology program is open to any person who has earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from a regionally accredited institution and is licensed or eligible for licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois, and who meets other entrance requirements.

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee
  • Proof of licensure or license eligibility as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois.
  • A graduate 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.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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