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Comprehensive Examination


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Course length

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Course level: Graduate

The comprehensive examination is a program requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Phoenix. Examinations are administered online, and a successful grade must be earned for students to move to the dissertation coursework and candidacy. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program Goals Note. The items labeled as competencies in this course are Doctor of Philosopy in Nursing Program Goals. Competency A: Conduct and interpret health care and educational research for nursing. Competency B: Cultivate interprofessional relationships through collaborative scientific inquiry. Competency C: Advance the development and transformation of nursing education. Competency D: Evaluate frameworks to guide ethical decision making in research, education, leadership, and practice for nursing. Competency E: Appreciate multicultural perspectives within global systems.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

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Why take courses at University of Phoenix

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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

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Transfer Credits

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer

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