The MA Psychopharmacology program is program designed to provide general knowledge of psychopharmacology and medical conditions that are relevant to mental health care. It is designed for practitioners and leaders who are not psychologists or doctoral psychology students, but who have undergraduate/graduate degrees in related fields. Program students may include licensed clinical social workers, hospital staff, nurses, and related fields in psychology (e.g., Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis). Participants 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 MA in Psychopharmacology does not lead to prescriptive licensure.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful of this program students will be experienced in the following program competencies:
- Patient Assessment: Students will be able to evidence knowledge of skills needed to conduct a reliable and valid assessment, diagnosis and provide psychopharmacological treatment options.
- Diversity: Students will be able to show knowledge of the role of ethnic, racial and other individual differences in human physiology (e.g. single nucleotide
polymorphisms) that may affect therapeutic and adverse responses to psychopharmacological agents.
- Ethics: Students will be knowledgeable of the importance of personal integrity and ethical behavior in psychopharmacology practice through sound decision making based on ethical considerations and guidelines
- Professionalism: Students will be able to show professional behavior through constructive and appropriate interactions with others.
- Science: Students will be able to evidence competency in the fundamental concepts in psychopharmacology such as pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and drug interactions.
- Research: Students will be able to evidence comprehension of data and information presented in the psychopharmacology research literature including meta-analysis studies of drug efficacy, and produce an applied research project (ARP).
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Application to The Chicago School’s Master of Arts in 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
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- $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.
- Completion of the following two prerequisites in prior undergraduate or graduate coursework (3 semester credits or quarter credit equivalent for each course) with a grade of “B” or better:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Research Methods or Basic Statistics
- 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 reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.
If a student is offered admission and in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.
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