Students can demonstrate masters level competencies in one or more of the following ways:
- Previous course work at the graduate level with a minimum grade of "B" (12 credits may transfer into the student's program of study). Courses available for transfer can be no more than 5 years old.
- Competency performance evaluation (CPE): competency performance assessments (CPAs) are paper and pencil examinations that test the competencies within didactic courses. CPAs must be passed with the grade of "B". CPEs involves clinical testing of competencies in advanced practice within a laboratory or clinical setting. Students may test out of a maximum of 9 credits. Students who take the competency examinations will register for the course associated with the examination. The competency examination for a particular course may be attempted only once.
The student's portfolio is reviewed to determine achievement of existing MS level competencies. If the student demonstrates competency in a required course through portfolio evaluation, then he or she may substitute an elective course for the requirement. Students will not receive academic credit for the competencies demonstrated in the portfolio.