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COMLEX-USA Exam Policy

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Students must pass COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2 CE and Level 2 PE examinations to be eligible to graduate.

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

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 1 examination, successfully complete all OMS III course requirements, and meet requirements as established by the Dean's Office prior to taking COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE or Level 2 PE. For both the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE and Level 2 PE, the initial attempt at each examination must be completed 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 assigned to a minimum one-month involuntary academic leave of absence to study for the next attempt. The student will return to a clinical rotation once he/she has taken the examination for the second time and is awaiting the results of the second examination attempt.

Any student who fails the Level 1 examination a second time will be allowed to complete the clinical rotation in which he/she is participating at the time of failure notice. The student must meet with the Pre-Clinical Promotions Committee as soon as possible to determine the most appropriate course of action for the third attempt. The student will be placed on involuntary academic leave of absence until 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 Level 2 PE examination must meet with the Dean, or the Dean's 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 examination a second time, must appear before the Clinical 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 2I  CE examination three times, regardless of his/her performance on the COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE examination, will be dismissed.  Any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE examination three times, regardless of his/her performance on the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE examination, will be dismissed.