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June 2014
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  • Psychologists Prescribing is a Done Deal … with Stringent Education Requirements and Limited Authority

    During this past spring legislative session, your medical society succeeded in ensuring that clinical psychologists seeking a license to prescribe must meet the strictest and most comprehensive education and training requirements among all states that grant prescriptive authority to psychologists. In addition, psychologists may not prescribe certain drugs or for certain patients. ISMS and the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS) insisted that S.B. 2187 be amended to include these requirements.

    Last week, Governor Quinn signed into law S.B. 2187.

    Going forward, in addition to fulfilling the educational and licensing requirements to become a clinical psychologist, here's what psychologists must do in order to obtain a license to prescribe:

    • Complete specified undergraduate coursework in areas such as Medical Terminology, Chemistry, Anatomy and General Biology.
    • Fulfill a minimum of 60 credit hours of didactic coursework on Pharmacology, Clinical Psychopharmacology, Clinical Anatomy and Advance Pathophysiology.
    • Complete a 14-month, full-time practicum with rotations focused on nine different medical specialties, such as Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.

    Other states are expected to use this bill as a "model" for crafting their own legislation on psychologists prescribing. 

    The AMA Scope of Practice Partnership provided a generous grant to support these legislative efforts.

    Learn more at the Legislative Action Hub.

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