Clinical Psychopharmacology Program (Fall 2019, Admissions information soon)
MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology
The MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) is a post-doctoral program designed to provide licensed psychologists with training in the use of medication as part of the treatment of psychological disorders. Prospective applicants should be licensed psychologists who have earned a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited program and institution.
Located at Idaho State University-Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center, the two-year program combines traditional classroom coursework with supervised clinical experience during the summer semesters.
A non-traditional, part-time route is also available for current practitioners. If a non-traditional route is desired, students should contact the program training director to determine an appropriate schedule to complete requirements, keeping in mind prerequisite and co-requisites.
In the first year of the program, students will complete foundational courses in pharmacology and physical assessment. In the second year, students will complete integrated coursework in pharmacology and therapeutic treatment. Content in law, ethics, research, writing, and practice management will also be covered. Based on the requirements of Idaho state law and APA training recommendations, supervised clinical experiences will be required in both years of the curriculum.
Goals and Outcomes
Eric Silk, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.
Training Director Clinical Psychopharmacology Program
Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy
Prospective applicants to the MSCP program must have:
- A doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited program and institution
- Current licensure as a psychologist and have practiced as a health services provider as defined by state law, where applicable, or by the APA
- A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
- Official transcripts submitted with application materials (any coursework completed more than 7 years prior to applying to the program, will require special review and may not be accepted)
- Two letters of professional recommendation from faculty or professional colleagues
- A letter of intent with a brief statement explaining why the candidate wishes to pursue this degree at Idaho State University and how this would help them attain their professional goals
- GRE scores (scores can be waived if the student graduated from a doctoral program in psychology with a 3.5 GPA or above)
Coordinate the participation of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) program at ISU and establishing a clinical practice site in mental health. Contribute to the teaching, scholarship and service expectations of a faculty role with primary emphasis on supporting the MSCP program, interprofessional opportunities, and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the College of Pharmacy. An active research and scholarship program is expected.
Participation in teaching and coordinating courses in the MSCP, PharmD and Ph.D. program with a focus on pharmacology, neuropharmacology and clinical psychopharmacology. Course examples: PHAR9921, Biological basis of Drug action, PSCI 6630 Psychopharmacology, New course: Introduction to neuropharmacology.
Coordinate the participation of the College of Nursing in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology (RxP) program at ISU. Contribute to the teaching, scholarship and service expectations of a faculty role with primary emphasis on supporting the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology (RxP) program, interprofessional opportunities, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [PMHNP] program in the College of Nursing.