Enhance Your Psychology Practice as a Prescribing Provider
Program Details: Two Years to Complete Coursework | $600 Per Credit | 30 Credit Hours
Support your clients by providing a full range of counseling and pharmaceutical treatment options. The online Master’s in Clinical Psychopharmacology degree from Drake University gives licensed post-doctoral psychologists the specialized training required to prescribe medication in Iowa and other states.* This advanced credential can enhance your practice offerings, help you increase access to essential mental health care, and open doors to new professional opportunities.
In this program, you will study a comprehensive curriculum covering topics in pharmacology, physiology, and pathology. You will learn from subject matter experts and current field practitioners, preparing to work collaboratively with other clinicians and healthcare providers. The format of your courses, utilizing both synchronous and asynchronous sessions, will allow you to study while maintaining your current caseload and office hours.
After completing your MSCP degree and the accompanying one-credit fellowship, you will meet the requirements to sit for the Psychopharmacology Exam for Psychologists (PEP) and pursue prescriptive certification. Drake is seeking American Psychological Association (APA) Prescriptive Authority Program Designation for the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology with the aim of receiving designation prior to the first graduating class.
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Online MSCP Degree Outcomes
The clinical psychopharmacology program delivers career-focused competencies in four key areas. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for the following:
- Assess patients regarding the risks and benefits of pharmacotherapeutic, psychotherapeutic, non-pharmacologic treatments, or combined treatment of mental health disorders and any medical comorbidities.
- Appropriately prescribe medications and implement an effective individualized monitoring plan for efficacy and toxicity of medications in individuals with mental health disorders.
- Include individual patient factors in the decision-making process for determining appropriate pharmacotherapy in individuals with mental health disorders.
- Provide inclusive care and demonstrate cultural competence in caring for individuals with mental health disorders.
Medical and Science Foundations
- Utilize pharmacologic, physiologic, anatomical, and pharmaceutical understanding in the selection of pharmacotherapy for patients.
- Demonstrate the ability to understand scientific and regulatory information, applying evidence-based scientific data in therapeutic decision-making.
- Apply the Interprofessional Education Collaboration competencies as a member of the interprofessional care team.
- Utilize all members of the interprofessional healthcare team, capitalizing on the expertise of each profession, in designing and implementing pharmacotherapeutic, psychotherapeutic, or combined treatment plans.
Ethical and Legal Practice
- Adhere to all American Psychological Association professional and ethical codes and standards.
- Understand and abide by all laws, rules, and regulations related to providing psychological care and the prescribing of medications.
Clinical Psychopharmacology Career Outlook
Join the latest advancement in the field of psychology; the practice of psychopharmacology. Employment in the mental health field is on the rise, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting 8% growth for psychologists.1 Factors like increased awareness of mental health and a focus on rehabilitation over incarceration are driving this demand.2
There are currently five states in the US where psychologists are allowed by law to prescribe medications and the number is growing with several other states actively pursuing legislation. In those states where psychologists prescribe, their unique training and skill set are of high value and particular interest to rural and urban mental health facilities, general medical centers, as well as nationwide within the US military, universities and Urban Indian Health Centers.
Read more about an introduction to psychopharmacology and interdisciplinary discovery.
To apply for admission to the online MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology program:
- Complete the online application for admission.
- Submit your official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities. Official transcripts must be prepared and sent by the institution in question and received by Drake University in a sealed envelope.
Mail transcripts to:
Online Enrollment Office
ATTN: Drake University
8201 Peters Road, Suite 3400
Plantation, FL 33324
- Submit a copy of a current license to practice as a psychologist.
- Submit an electronic copy of your résumé or curriculum vitae.
About the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Drake University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) prepares students for the future of health care. Whether graduates are pursuing practice, administration, or research, they receive the foundational knowledge, skills, and perspectives that allow them to excel in their chosen career path. The CPHS faculty and staff are committed to developing leaders who are committed to lifelong learning, innovation, and excellence.
Sources and Disclaimer
1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Psychologists. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm.
2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselors. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.
3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics. Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists. Annual Mean Wage by State. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/map_changer.htm.
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