Program Structure

O'Donnell HallThe post-doctoral training for prescribing psychologists program is offered with a blend of both live classroom and synchronous online instruction to meet the individual student’s academic background and learning style. Live instruction is offered in Las Cruces, NM where the program is based. In addition, it is possible to participate in live classes from your home computer, and to review archived classes through the online learning management systems of NMSU.

Students often ask how many of the courses they are required to attend in person at the Las Cruces campus.  At a minimum, students should plan to attend the second class weekend (16-17 September 2017) and the six other weekends marked as “LIVE” on the preliminary schedule we have posted.  Most of the “LIVE” classes involved hands on Physical Health Assessment Training as part of the Pathophysiology sequence.  This type of training is unique to the NMSU program. 

Utilizing the most current approaches to postgraduate education, each module in the program contains didactic material and is taught through lectures that are closely tied to assignments.  These modules include interactive case studies presented by either practicing physicians or a prescribing/medical psychologist. Currently our program is structured in a hybrid format (distance-ed and face-to-face) and currently requires seven (7) face-to-face weekend meetings (Click here for tentative weekend class schedule) for the two (2) years of course work.