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.
The MSCP program at ISU has been granted American Psychological Association (APA) designation. This makes ISU the 4th program in the country to achieve APA designation and is professional recognition that ISU’seducation and training program meets the highest level of academic and training standards.
The program is available in a hy-flex model with either in-person or distance learning options. For distance learning, campus visits are required during the program. In person instruction is offered 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 prerequisites 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
To enhance access to safe and evidence-based mental health services as the foremost training and research program in psychopharmacology.
We train psychologists to deliver comprehensive services in interprofessional settings and through research, further the understanding of psychopharmacology.
Access: Serving underserved and rural communities
Collaborative: Interdisciplinary education and practice
Rigor: Undiluted standards for academics, professional training, and ethical behavior
Innovative: Impact learning and research utilizing advanced technology and best practices in teaching
Safety: Prioritize patient well-being
Relationships: Forging partnerships promoting excellence in everything we do
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)
We are now accepting applications!
To apply, begin by creating an account at https://www.isu.edu/apply/graduate/
Select Graduate Degree Seeking for Application Type and Masters/Post-Masters for Degree Type. Choose Clinical Psychopharmacology for the Program Selection.
The application will require a Letter of Intent briefly explaining why you wish to pursue this degree at Idaho State University and how this would help you attain your professional goals.
Additional application materials include:
- Copies of transcripts
- Names and contact information for 2 professional references
- GRE test scores
- Resume/curriculum vitae
- Proof of current licensure and practice as a health service provider
The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the application process.