Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

COMLEX-USA Exam Policy

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Students must pass COMLEX-USA Level 1, COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE and COMLEX-USA 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 Office of the Dean, prior to being authorized to take COMLEX-USA Level 1. For those students authorized to take COMLEX-USA Level 1, the initial attempt to pass the examination must occur after the completion of OMS II course requirements and prior to starting OMS III clinical rotations. The initial attempt at COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE must occur within 90 days of completion of OMS III year, and the initial attempt at COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE must be taken by the date approved by the Office of the Dean.  Students will begin clinical rotations while awaiting results of their first examination attempts.

Students must pass the COMLEX-USA Level 1 examination requirements, and meet requirements as established by the Office of the Dean 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 as outlined by the Office of the Dean. 

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

COMLEX-USA Level 1, COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE or COMLEX-USA Level 2 PE Failure

Any student who fails any level of the COMLEX-USA examination on the first attempt will be allowed to retake the examination with the permission of the Dean, according to the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, Clinical, guidelines for COMLEX-USA failures. The student may 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 COMLEX-USA 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 Clinical Student Promotion Committee prior to the student's third attempt at the exam to determine the most appropriate course of action using the guidelines for COMLEX-USA exam failures, including a suspension or dismissal. The Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, Clinical, guidelines for COMLEX-USA failure may include a mandatory academic leave of absence or dismissal.  

If a student fails any level of the COMLEX-USA examination one or more times, all allowed repeat attempts for that level of examination must be completed within one year after the initial failure, or the student is subject to dismissal. 

Dismissal is the usual course of action after the student has had three COMLEX-USA failures at the same examination level, or four total COMLEX-USA failures, from any examination level.