Clinical Psychopharmacology - (Post-Doctoral) Master of Science (Online)

The curriculum for the Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) degree program is modeled on the American Psychological Association (APA) recommended curriculum, adopted in 1998, set forth by the Blue Ribbon Task Force (comprised of national experts in psychopharmacology including physicians, psychiatrists, Department of Defense Demonstration Project prescribing psychologists, neuroscientists, pharmacists and nurses).  In addition, the NMSU program adheres to all regulations set forth by the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners and the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners.  And is designed in congruence with New Mexico state law for prescribing psychologists.  The program is dynamic, changing with the field, and has been modified according to recommended revisions of the American Psychological Association in 2009, then again in 2019 (https://www.apa.org/education/grad/rxp-designation-criteria.pdf).The MSCP is an APA Designated Postdoctoral Psychopharmacology Education and Training Program.  New Mexico State University is only one of three university programs in the country with said designation status.

This program includes two separate degree tracks: clinical and non-clinical.

Non-Clinical Track

The non-clinical track includes two (2) years of coursework and requires the ASPPB governed, national Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP).

Program of Study: 

Prefix Title Credits
RXPP 6110Introduction to Psychopharmacology for Psychologists I3
RXPP 6120Introduction to Psychopharmacology for Psychologists II3
RXPP 6210Clinical Psychopharmacology I3
RXPP 6220Clinical Psychopharmacology II3
RXPP 6230Clinical Psychopharmacology III3
RXPP 6310Pathophysiology for Psychologists I3
RXPP 6320Pathophysiology for Psychologists II3
RXPP 6330Pathophysiology for Psychologists III3
RXPP 6410Psychopharmacological Treatment in Special Populations I3
RXPP 6420Psychopharmacological Treatment in Special Populations II3
RXPP 6996Selected Topics3
Total Credits33

Clinical Track

The clinical track includes two (2) years of coursework (including hands-on experiential lab training in neurosciences, pathophysiology, and physical assessment), embedded supervised clinical fieldwork, and a final Capstone Examination/Project. 

Program of Study: 

Prefix Title Credits
RXPP 6110Introduction to Psychopharmacology for Psychologists I3
RXPP 6120Introduction to Psychopharmacology for Psychologists II3
RXPP 6210Clinical Psychopharmacology I3
RXPP 6220Clinical Psychopharmacology II3
RXPP 6230Clinical Psychopharmacology III3
RXPP 6310Pathophysiology for Psychologists I3
RXPP 6320Pathophysiology for Psychologists II3
RXPP 6330Pathophysiology for Psychologists III3
RXPP 6410Psychopharmacological Treatment in Special Populations I3
RXPP 6420Psychopharmacological Treatment in Special Populations II3
RXPP 6510Supervised Experience in Psychopharmacology I3
RXPP 6520Supervised Experience in Psychopharmacology II3
RXPP 6996Selected Topics3
Total Credits39