Application & Instructions for Initial Licensure - Medical Psychology

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To access a paper application, click HERE (available for a limited time)

The items listed below MUST be completed and mailed to the LSBME as part of the initial application process.

Qualifications

  1. You Must

    • Hold a current and unrestricted license in good standing to practice psychology issued by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

    • Have successfully graduated with a post-doctoral master's degree in clinical psychopharmacology from a regionally accredited institution or have completed equivalent training to the post-doctoral master's degree approved by the board. The curriculum shall include instruction in anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, neurosciences, pharmacology, psychopharmacology, clinical medicine/pathophysiology and health assessment, including relevant physical and laboratory assessment.

    • Have passed a national exam in psychopharmacology approved by the board.

  2. You must request verification of your licensure and certain other information from LSBEP. Download the verification form from our web site and send to LSBEP with a copy to us.Check with LSBEP for the fees associated with this request.

  3. If your training involved completing a Post-Doctorate Master's Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology**, a certified copy of your transcript must be forwarded to the Board from your academic training site. The transcript must verify both your degree in clinical psychopharmacology and course work completed.** The verification form may be downloaded from our web site.

  4. If you are a graduate of the DOD-PDP, you must request a certified copy of your certificate of completion from the DOD be forwarded directly to the Board. The verification form may be downloaded from our web site.

  5. If you completed a training program in psychopharmacology through the auspices of an individual branch of the Armed Services, you must request your training director to forward a certified copy of your certificate of training to the Board. Additionally, the training director must also provide the Board with a detailed description of your training experience, including didactic course work completed. The verification form may be downloaded from our web site.

  6. Each applicant must pass the Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP) offered through the American Psychological Association's College of Professional Psychology. The passing score for the PEP is set by the Board with consideration of the recommendations of the College of Professional Psychology.The PEP must have been taken within three years of completing the application for licensure as a medical psychologist by LSBME. You must request an official copy of your test score from the College of Professional Psychology be forwarded to the Board. The verification form may be downloaded from our web site.

  7. If you have taken the PEP on more than one occasion, you must request the College of Professional Psychology forward an official document detailing the dates and scores for each of your examinations. The verification form may be downloaded from our web site.

  8. You are required to obtain a valid BLS for Healthcare Providers. You must submit a photo copy of both sides of your BLS card with this application.

  9. A criminal background check (CBC) by the state police and FBI is required for all health professionals according to state law. Finger prints are required.  Download instructions from the our web site.

  10. You must submit an Oath or Affirmation relating to your personal and professional background. Download the form from our web site. The form must be notarized. NOTE: If criminal history is found that you did not disclose, you will be required to submit a new Oath or Affirmation, a notarized affidavit as to why you did not disclose the information and a new processing fee equal to the initial licensure fee. It is important that you answer question 3 accurately and truthfully. Do not take the advice or friends, lawyer, etc.

  11. You must attach a passport photo (2x2) to the application

  12. Medical psychologists licensed by the board shall be eligible for a controlled and dangerous substance permit issued by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and Registration issued by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. Controlled substances will not be prescribed until the required permits are obtained.

  13. Under no circumstances are Medical Psychologists permitted to treat pain with narcotics.

RS 37 §1360.55 Qualifications for licensure as medical psychologists

A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Part or other law, on or before January 1, 2010, any medical psychologist shall be issued a medical psychology license by the board upon satisfaction of all of the following criteria:

  1. Holds a controlled substance registration issued by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

  2. Holds a controlled and dangerous substance permit issued by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

  3. Holds a current and unrestricted certificate of prescriptive authority issued by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

  4. Holds a current and unrestricted license in good standing to practice psychology issued by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

B. After January 1, 2010, the board shall issue a medical psychology license to applicants who submit an application upon a form and in such a manner as the board prescribes and who furnish evidence to the board which meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Holds a current and unrestricted license in good standing to practice psychology issued by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

  2. Has successfully graduated with a post-doctoral master's degree in clinical psychopharmacology from a regionally accredited institution or has completed equivalent training to the post-doctoral master's degree approved by the board. The curriculum shall include instruction in anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, neurosciences, pharmacology, psychopharmacology, clinical medicine/pathophysiology and health assessment, including relevant physical and laboratory assessment.

  3. Has passed a national exam in psychopharmacology approved by the board

C. Medical psychologists licensed by the board shall be eligible for a controlled and dangerous substance permit and registration issued by the state and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.

Additional Requirements

Fees 
Fee must be paid via credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover only) if applying online.
Fee must be paid via Personal check/money order if sending in a paper application.
​Fee is non-refundable.

  • License: $275.00

Birth Certificate/Valid Visa

  • U.S. born citizen - submit a notarized copy of birth certificate

  • U.S. citizen not U.S. born - submit notarized copy of proof of citizenship (ie certificate of citizenship or consular report of birth abroad).  Naturalized citizen - submit a notarized copy of birth certificate and original Certificate of Naturalization.

  • Non U.S. citizen - submit a notarized copy of birth certificate and original current Visa issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  (Acceptable Visas: H1B, J1, O1, NAFTA-TN or Employment Authorization, or Permanent Resident)

 

Other Information

Verification of Application/Licensure Status - Visit our website at www.lsbme.la.gov and log on to your account to verify the progress/status of your application.

Communication with the Board
Mailing Address - LSBME, 630 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Questions - Contact our licensing department at licensing@lsbme.la.gov. To find the analyst directly assigned to your application, click on Contact Us.