(225 ILCS 15/4.2)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Prescribing psychologist license.
(a) A psychologist may apply to the Department for a prescribing psychologist license. The application shall be made on a form approved by the Department, include the payment of any required fees, and be accompanied by evidence satisfactory to the Department that the applicant:
(1) holds a current license to practice clinical
(2) has successfully completed the following minimum
educational and training requirements either during the doctoral program required for licensure under this Section or in an accredited undergraduate or master level program prior to or subsequent to the doctoral program required under this Section:
(A) specific minimum undergraduate biomedical
prerequisite coursework, including, but not limited to: Medical Terminology (class or proficiency); Chemistry or Biochemistry with lab (2 semesters); Human Physiology (one semester); Human Anatomy (one semester); Anatomy and Physiology; Microbiology with lab (one semester); and General Biology for science majors or Cell and Molecular Biology (one semester);
(B) a minimum of 60 credit hours of didactic
coursework, including, but not limited to: Pharmacology; Clinical Psychopharmacology; Clinical Anatomy and Integrated Science; Patient Evaluation; Advanced Physical Assessment; Research Methods; Advanced Pathophysiology; Diagnostic Methods; Problem Based Learning; and Clinical and Procedural Skills; and
(C) a full-time practicum of 14 months'
supervised clinical training, including a research project; during the clinical rotation phase, students complete rotations in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatrics, Surgery, and one elective of the students' choice; program approval standards addressing faculty qualifications, regular competency evaluation and length of clinical rotations, and instructional settings, including, but not limited to, hospitals, medical centers, health care facilities located at federal and State prisons, hospital outpatient clinics, community mental health clinics, patient-centered medical homes or family-centered medical homes, women's medical health centers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers; the clinical training must meet the standards for:
(i) physician assistant education as defined
by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant;
(ii) advanced practice nurse education as
defined by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner; or
(iii) medical education as defined by the
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and shall be set by the Department by rule;
(3) has completed a National Certifying Exam, as
(4) meets all other requirements for obtaining a
prescribing psychologist license, as determined by rule.
(b) The Department may issue a prescribing psychologist license if it finds that the applicant has met the requirements of subsection (a) of this Section.
(c) A prescribing psychologist may only prescribe medication pursuant to the provisions of this Act if the prescribing psychologist:
(1) continues to hold a current license to practice
(2) satisfies the continuing education requirements
for prescribing psychologists, including 10 hours of continuing education annually in pharmacology from accredited providers; and
(3) maintains a written collaborative agreement with
a collaborating physician pursuant to Section 4.3 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-84, eff. 7-19-19.)