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.
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 satifactorily pass a comptency 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 compency 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.