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Frequently Asked Questions

As we get more questions from students we will be adding Frequently Asked Questions here for students to look at.  If you have a question you would like to see posted, please go to our Contact Us section.
 
 
1) I passed my Certification Examination so that means I'm Certified, right?
 
Answer:  The Certification Examination is only one step in the Certification process.  College requirements for Certification are taking and passing your program's Certification Examination requirements (which can be the exam, a qualifying paper, or any number of requirements.  Check with your Program for specifics), submitting and having approved the Program Plan and Statement of Total Program, being Recommended for Certification by both your Program and Department, and, in some cases, completing and submitting your Dissertation Proposal.  Only after completion of all these items, can a student be then called a Certified Doctoral Candidate.
 
2) Can I get credit for 8900 courses (Dissertation Advisement)?
 
Answer:  Dissertation Advisement is a Zero (0) point course that carries a fee equivalent to a three point course.  Registering for this course carries the status of Full-Time for loan and housing purposes.  This course is NOT to be included on the Program Plan.