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Illinois psychologist license defense lawyerUnder Public Act 098-0668, Illinois amended the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act to permit licensed psychologists to issue prescriptions to certain adult patients. Under the newer provisions of the law, a psychologist can apply for a prescribing psychologist license after completing advanced education and training in psychopharmacology and supervised clinical training.  Prescribing psychologists are required to enter into a collaborative agreement with an Illinois physician who generally prescribes medications to his or her patients in the course of his or her normal practice. This change is intended to improve access to comprehensive mental health treatment in Illinois.

The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC can answer your questions about licensing for psychologists, and we can assist with psychologist license defense for those who are facing disciplinary action. Contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney today at 630-310-1267.

IL license defense lawyerIf you have a professional counselor or clinical professional counselor license, you could be investigated at any time by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Depending on the results of the investigation, your matter may go to a hearing where your professional license would be at stake.

This hearing must follow specific rules and format, and your license cannot be revoked, suspended, or placed on probationary status unless these laws are followed. Having an attorney represent you means that you will know if these procedural laws are followed and it means that your best case will be put forward.

If the Department plans on refusing to issue or renew a license or if plans on disciplining a licensee, it must do the following 30 days prior to the hearing date:

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IL defense lawyerIt’s a letter you may never thought you’d open: a letter from the Illinois Medical Board telling you that a patient has filed a complaint against you. Maybe you feel betrayed by a patient who would not bring his complaints to you directly or maybe you are worried about the implications of such a complaint on your career and your practice.

Whatever your initial reaction, it is important to quickly get caught up to speed about what it will take to defend your medical license and resolve this situation.

  • Understand the scope of a complaint. The Federation of State Medical Boards reports that in 2012 in the United States, of 878,194 actively licensed physicians, 4,479 were disciplined. That number is less than 1 percent of all doctors in this country. In many circumstances simply having a complaint filed against you means that the state board will conduct an investigation, even if it is plain that the complaint is groundless.
  • Know what is at stake. Medical boards have great power over doctors' careers and livelihoods. These bodies can impose penalties that vary in severity from reprimands and fines to suspensions or revocations of medical licenses. Because of the range of punishments, it is helpful to speak with an attorney who understands this procedure and can discuss likely outcomes for the alleged acts.
  • Respond promptly. One of the first mistakes a doctor in this situation can make is not opening the letter or let the letter gather dust. Failing to respond can carry a second set of consequences, and it is unwise to do so. It is important that you take control of the situation in any way you can. Contacting a license defense attorney at this juncture can help you stay on the correct timeline and can mean that the defense you present will be uniform from the start of the process.
  • Know your weaknesses. During this time, it is imperative that you continue working at your practice, but that you do not receive any other complaints. Many doctors are surprised to find out that most complaints do not concern “bad doctoring” (incorrect diagnosis, poorly performed procedures, etc), but rather concern issues like billing, scheduling, confidentiality and possible criminal conduct.

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Illinois license attorneyWorking toward the pharmacy license takes much time and effort. For domestic applicants, meaning those who have obtained education for the pharmacy license in the United States, the requirements are different from those who have obtained education for the pharmacy license internationally. There are tests that international applicants may have to take to determine their status of qualification for the pharmacy license.

The Application Process for International Applicants

Pharmacy license applicants who have graduated from a professional degree program from outside the United States or its territories should submit proof of a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee Certificate, or FPGEC. Also, the applicant needs to successfully pass the preliminary diagnostic examination, called the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Program, which determines the equivalence of education to approved programs.

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Illinois license attorneyStudying to become a pharmacist will take several years, from taking extensive biology and chemistry classes in college to attending pharmacy school. Receiving one’s license to become a pharmacist proves to be very rewarding. In order to apply for a pharmacist license, one needs to know, in complete detail, how to apply and what is required in the application process.

Required Licensing Fees

To apply to become a licensed pharmacist, the applicant must pay $75 at the time of the application process. Also, the applicant must pay a fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that covers the cost of determining his or her eligibility and providing of an application examination. If the applicant fails to appear at the time of the examination on the scheduled date, then he or she will forfeit the examination and the required fees.

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Illinois license defense attorneyMany years of hard work and long study hours are behind you, after finally achieving your dentistry license. Once this feat has been completed, you are ready to start out on your professional journey to make a difference in someone else’s life. Whether performing a common tooth cleaning session, extracting an infected tooth, or treating a major gum disease, you now have the knowledge to help others with their dental needs. However, do you know what will happen if your dentistry license expires or is suspended, and you need to reinstate it? Is reinstating your dentist’s license even possible?

Restoring Your Dentist’s License

There are many reasons why a person’s dentistry license may be suspended, expired, or revoked. A dentist may have made a mistake when performing a routine tooth cleansing, therefore causing further complications for the patient. Or the dentist has somehow forgotten to renew his or her license. Whatever the case may be, there is still a possibility that the dentist may be able to restore the dentistry license. Depending on how long the license has expired or has been revoked or suspended, there are different rules that must be followed.

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Illinois license attorneyBeing able to practice in the social work field takes much time and effort. Several years of talking undergraduate and graduate courses pay off in the end. Even though those years may have passed, and you’re efficiently practicing in your chosen field, you will always have to keep taking courses to stay up to date with legal requirements. It is important to keep learning about new social work laws and requirements for the license, to continue working effectively in this practice.

First Time Licensure and Renewal of the Social Work License

If this is your first time obtaining your social work license, you will not need to complete 30 continuing education units (CEU’s) for licensure. A CEU is one credit unit that equals 10 participating hours in an accredited program for licensed social workers. Also, if you are renewing your social work license for the first time, you are not required to complete 30 CEU’s, but you must apply through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to renew your license.

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Illinois professional license lawsBecoming a chiropractor takes much time and effort, with a lot of time focused on different classes and hands-on learning. Preparing for the licensing exam and actually taking the exam requires much time as well. When becoming a chiropractor, there are a lot of facts that each applicant needs to know before he or she can start practicing.

Requirements for Chiropractic License

In order to become a successful chiropractor, the applicant must have successfully taken every step needed to complete all of the requirements for his or her chiropractic license.

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continuing education requirementsEarning a license to practice medicine takes a lot of time and effort. With all of the hours put into the hard work, every minute counts. In order to maintain good standing as a practicing medical doctor, there are many requirements that need to be met, including continuing education. The time and effort made for the purpose of continuing education are monumental for the practicing medical doctor’s license to stay valid.

Requirements for Continuing Medical Education

Practicing medical doctors may randomly be selected by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for an audit and to provide proof and evidence of CME credits. Therefore, it is very important for doctors to keep records of their CME activities, even though it is not required.

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Illinois license defense attorneyPhysical therapy is a great practice for individuals who want to help others feel better after a long-term illness, injury, or any other situation requiring the re-use of muscles and joints. To qualify to become a physical therapist, an applicant needs to go through extensive programs to learn about the human body and how to correctly fix various physical problems. Once the applicant is familiar with the rules and regulations of applying for a physical therapist licensure, he or she will be able to successfully obtain such privileges to help others.

What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is defined as the examination and evaluation of individuals who may have physical impairments or disabilities, and then classifying and determining a rehabilitation plan to get a person back to a normal life.

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Illinois professional license rulesNursing students typically work long and hard hours in college to start their own careers in the nursing field. During the pinning ceremonies and following commencements, these students celebrate their hard work and look forward to the beginning of a new journey. However, a prospective nurse needs to understand and adhere to the guidelines while applying for a nursing license. There may be obstacles that keep the person from the ability to obtain a nursing license, thus keeping him or her from pursuing a passion for nursing.

Nursing License Revoked

An applicant may be determined unfit for licensure if he or she has a criminal background. If the crime consists of armed violence, dishonesty, or false statements, then the applicant may be disqualified from obtaining a nursing license.

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