Psy.D. Degree

Clinical Competency Examinations

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The purpose of the Clinical Competency Examinations (CCE) is to assess the student's competencies in general psychological practice, including those identified by the American Psychological Association in their Standards of Accreditation such as Research, Ethical and Legal Standards, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Assessment and Intervention. The CCEs also aid in identifying areas of strength and weakness in performance that may inform and guide the student's clinical training and provide feedback to the faculty on the performance level of students and success of the curriculum. To that end, the CCE has three (3) separate components: The basic science competency exam (BSCE), the assessment competency exam (ACE), and the intervention competency exam (ICE). Students must pass all three competency exams before approval is granted to apply for internship. If a student is on an approved accelerated plan or has an approved academic plan extension, then the timetable will be adjusted accordingly.

If a student does not pass any portion of the CCEs, the following actions will be taken. Upon the first failure of the BSCE, the student will be given an opportunity to remediate by retaking the exam. After the second failure, the student will be required to meet with their advisor to determine what steps need to be taken to better prepare for the second attempt of the exam. Then the exam process will be repeated. If a student fails the exam a third time, a hearing for termination will be scheduled. If a student fails the ACE or the ICE, the student will be required to meet with their advisor to determine what steps need to be taken to better prepare for their next attempt of the exam. Then the exam process will be repeated. If a student fails the exam a second time, a hearing for termination will be scheduled. 

The BSCE and the ACE are prerequisites for the next part of the CCE exam, and all portions must be passed to move forward in the program. Students must pass any portion of the CCE by the final offering for the cycle or it is considered a fail, unless they have been granted an extension for the program. For example, if a student fails the ACE on the first attempt, then does not take the exam again, it will now be considered a failure. If an extension is granted to a student before any offering of a specific CCE (the BSCE, ACE or ICE), it will not be considered a fail. If an extension is granted to a student after not taking the first offering of any exam and before the final offering of the exam in any cycle, it will not be counted as a fail. For example, if a student does not take either offering of the ACE, it will not be considered a fail. However, the student will have to extend the program since passing the ACE is a prerequisite for taking the ICE.

If any student is in need of accommodations for any of the exams, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the Office of Disability Services (937-775-5680) in a timely manner. Unless the Office of Academic Affairs receives notification of accommodations for a student from Office of Disability Services, or from the student, at least one month prior to the exam date, no accommodations, such as extra time, will be provided.

Updated: 20 August 2018