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COMLEX-USA Exam Policy

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Historical first-time pass rates by CCOM students and graduates for COMLEX-USA Levels 1, 2 CE, 2 PE, and 3 can be found on the CCOM Fast Facts webpage at www.midwestern.edu/programs-and-admission/il-osteopathic-medicine.html

Students must pass COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2- Cognitive Evaluation (CE) and Level 2- Physical Evaluation (PE) examinations in order to graduate.

COMLEX-USA Eligibility

Students must successfully complete all OMS II course requirements, and meet requirements as established by the Dean's office, prior to taking COMLEX-USA Level 1. For those students authorized to take Level 1, the initial attempt to pass the examination must occur within 30 days after the completion of OMS II course requirements. Students begin clinical rotations while awaiting results of their first examination attempt.

Students must pass the COMLEX-USA Level I examination, successfully complete all OMS III course requirements and meet requirements as established by the Dean's office prior to taking Level 2-CE or Level 2-PE. For both the Level 2-CE and Level 2-PE examinations, the initial attempt at each examination, must be taken by the date approved by the Dean's office.

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is not a substitute for any component of the COMLEX-USA examination.

COMLEX-USA Level 1 Failure

Any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination will be allowed to complete the clinical rotation in which he/she is participating at the time of failure notice. The student will be placed on a mandatory academic leave of absence for a length of time determined by the Dean or designee in order to study for the second attempt. Any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination a second time will be allowed to complete the clinical rotation in which he/she is participating at the time of the failure notice. The student must meet with the Promotions Committee as soon as possible to determine the most appropriate course of action for the third attempt. The student will be placed on a mandatory academic leave of absence until such time as a passing grade is received. A student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination a third time will be dismissed.

COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE or PE Failure

Any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE or PE examination must meet with the Chair of the Promotions Committee and the Dean or designee as soon as possible to determine the most appropriate course of action, up to and including a mandatory academic leave of absence or dismissal. Any student who fails either component of the COMLEX-USA Level 2 examination a second time must appear before the Promotions Committee to determine the course of action, up to and including a mandatory leave of absence or dismissal. Any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE examination three times regardless of their performance on the COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE examination will be dismissed, and any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE examination three times regardless of their performance on the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE examination will be dismissed.