pharmacology course for Rx

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    Aloha:
    I have been an APRN,BC (adult mental health NP) for the last 16 years. I have just completed my PhD in clinical psychology, and am not interested in getting my Rx. Does anyone know of a reasonable priced pharm course I would need to get my Rx? I looked at University of Phoenix, but they wanted $1800 for the course.
    Thanks.
    psychtester
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    Aloha:
    I have been an APRN,BC (adult mental health NP) for the last 16 years. I have just completed my PhD in clinical psychology, and am not interested in getting my Rx. Does anyone know of a reasonable priced pharm course I would need to get my Rx? I looked at University of Phoenix, but they wanted $1800 for the course.
    Thanks.
    psychtester
    Rx = prescriptive authority?? For prescriptive authority purpose, I think you could take pharmacology course anywhere that have nursing program? You just need to discuss with them and enter as a non-degree student. Many schools have non-degree options for outsiders.

    I am just curious. You have PhD in clinical psychology or PsychD? That's a long time for PhD route but not so long for PsychD route. I am just curious whether PsychD or PhD add value to your APRN training in mental health. Are there many things you can do with both degrees? I know that some states allow clinical psychologist to prescribe.
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    Harmonizer:
    Thanks for your help. It is a PhD program (Walden University). It did take me about 13 years to complete (6 years was spent working on my dissertation (of which 50% of doctoral students do not complete). It was in clinical, and a later addition, organizational psychology. From what I have heard a PhD is looked upon better than a PsyD (more scientific). However, a PsyD is maybe better recognized for therapy purposes. I went into the PhD program after being frustrated by having to work under psychiatrist, and not independently as I thought I would. I am now signed up with various insurance plans as an NP. I will soon take the EPPP to be licensed as a psychologist in Hawaii and California. Psychologist can do much more than a MHNP. For instance, when I am licensed I can hire master level therapists to see contracted patients to my organization. I could bill for $140 per session (while only being able to bill for $70 as an NP. I think I did the right thing. Of course I did build up a monster of a student loan that is looming like a dark cloud on the horizon. Hope this helps.
    Tom Welter
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    Harmonizer:
    Hope this helps.
    Tom Welter
    Thanks for taking time to answer my question. If lack of autonomy was your motivation, why do you choose psychology instead of going to med school to become a psychiatrist? It would have taken about the same amount of time. Are you interested in therapy or counseling than medication management?
    Last edit by harmonizer on Feb 23, '10
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    I have a brother who went to med school (University of Wisconsin, Madison). I don't like medical, so I probably not do well in medical school. I did think the NP way would work out so I could be independent. I like the idea of counseling and med management. Together they are superior to either one alone.
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    Harmonizer:
    It did take me about 13 years to complete (6 years was spent working on my dissertation (of which 50% of doctoral students do not complete). It was in clinical, and a later addition, organizational psychology.
    Tom,

    Do you have a BS or MS in psychology prior to applying to Walden? Does 13 years include your prereqs for psych doctorate? I heard that PhD in clinical psych is very competitive.
    Congrats on getting your degree. What's your age? I wonder? You don't have to tell me. I am 30 and I thought about doing this route about a few months ago.

    You said you have lots of student loan debt. But at least, working as a NP while attending online PhD (clinical component probably on ground) would help alleviate your financial burden. ? Moreover, I heard that PhD will provide some stipend.
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    Maybe try Margaret Fitzgerald online pharm course. its about 800.00, but I have really enjoyed it. Almost finished with it.
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    Sorry for the late reply. Thankyou for the info.


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