The purpose of the Qualifying Examination is to permit students to demonstrate their ability to integrate the core clinical and non-clinical course material from the first two years of study into comprehensive responses demonstrating organizational skills, analysis, synthesis, and differential thinking. It is one of multiple criteria for the student's advancement to doctoral candidacy. The examination is given annually and is scheduled after the first two years of study with the approval of the Academic Review Committee and the Program Director. It is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.
Students failing the Qualifying Examination will be offered one retake the next time the examination is offered. Students failing the Qualifying Examination will be given feedback and resources to help them prepare for retaking the examination. Satisfactory passage of all required competency gateways, including the Qualifying Examination, is required for satisfactory academic progress. To progress to the next quarter, a student must satisfactorily complete all academic requirements for the preceding quarter.
Satisfactory performance on any program-based competency is required (equivalent of at least a B- on a graded exam or a P on a Pass/Fail exam). If a student does not perform satisfactorily on a program-based competency, one retest for that competency will be allowed. To satisfactorily pass a competency retest, students will need to obtain the equivalent of a minimum grade of B- on a graded exam or a P on a Pass/Fail exam. Failing a competency retest indicates that the student is unable to demonstrate the required competency and will result in a grade of F. It will result in the student's referral to the Academic Review Committee and possible dismissal from the program.