Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Downers Grove, IL Campus

COMLEX-USA Exam Policy

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

COMLEX-USA Pass Rate
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

COMLEX-USA Exam Policy
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 being authorized to take 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 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 the failure notice. The student will be placed into a mandatory directed study program and may be placed on academic leave 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 may be placed into a second directed study program or will be placed on academic leave. Students will remain on leave until such time as a passing score is received.  All retakes of the COMLEX-USA Level 1 must be completed within one year of notification of the initial failure. 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 Associate Dean of Clinical Education or designee as soon as possible to determine the most appropriate course of action which may include a directed study program or academic leave of absence. The student may be referred to the Promotions Committee if they have failed the COMLEX-USA level 1.

Any student who fails either component of the COMLEX-USA level 2 examination a second time must appear before the Promotions Committee to determine a course of action up to and including a mandatory academic leave of absence or dismissal.  All retakes of the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE or PE must be completed within one year of notification of the initial failure or the student will be subject to dismissal.

Any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE examination three times will be dismissed, regardless of their performance on the COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE examination. Any student who fails the COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE examination three times will be dismissed, regardless of their performance on the COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE examination.

Dismissal is the usual course of action for students who accumulate a total of 4 COMLEX-USA failures or 3 failures of a single component of the COMLEX-USA exam cycle.