Candidacy

Qualifying Examinations

The qualifying examinations are a twofold process required before a practicum. Students should schedule qualifying examinations following both candidacy and completion of the five foundational classes. Qualifying examinations will be offered at least two times per year; re-takes will be offered monthly as needed.

Multiple Choice Exam

The first component of the qualifying examination is a 50-question multiple-choice test measuring knowledge gained in each of the five foundational courses (10 questions from each course).

Students must master 70% of the items within each of the five foundational courses. If not, then the student is eligible to re-take the portion(s) in which he or she was unsuccessful within two weeks. A student may be subject to withdrawal for failing qualifying examinations three times. Following the third failed attempt, the studentís performance will be evaluated by the graduate faculty to determine if a fourth attempt will be granted based upon unforeseen or extenuating circumstances.

Case Vignette

The second component of the qualifying examination is a clinical case vignette in which the student applies essential basic counseling skills obtained from the five foundational courses to a hypothetical case study. Students are required to provide oral responses to questions related to a case that reflect an integration of foundational skills. Student responses will then be reviewed by the faculty committee for evaluation, and a determination of performance will be issued.

  • 1. Pass
  • 2. Not Pass, or
  • 3. Pass with Recommendations

If a student does not pass the clinical case vignette portion of the qualifying examination, he or she can submit a request for a second attempt within two weeks. Any student who fails the clinical case vignette three times is subject to removal from the MACC program; however, the studentís performance will be evaluated by the graduate faculty to determine if a fourth attempt will be granted based upon unforeseen or extenuating circumstances. If a student receives a pass with recommendations, he or she must address the deficiency to the satisfaction of the committee within two weeks.