Residents Exam Prep

Exam Prep

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Preparing for licensure and board certification

As a resident, you'll take COMLEX Level 3 and begin exploring options and requirements for AOA Board Certification.

Each state requires DOs to obtain a license to practice medicine after completing their first year of residency and passing COMLEX-USA Level 3. You’ll be able to take COMLEX-USA Level 3 after you pass both COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE and Level 2-PE and graduate from an accredited college of osteopathic medicine. Most DOs take Level 3 during their first year of residency.

After you obtain licensure and complete residency training, you will be eligible to earn specialty board certification. Several AOA specialty boards provide opportunities for eligible residents in the third or fourth year of an AOA-approved or ACGME-accredited residency program to sit for initial board certification exams. Learn more about how AOA Board Certification can advance your career and continue your commitment to osteopathic-focused patient care.


COMLEX Level 3 is a multiple choice exam designed to test your medical knowledge and decision-making skills. You will complete the exam during your first year of residency.

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AOA Board Certification

AOA Board Certification promotes the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine through 18 specialty boards in 29 primary specialties and 77 subspecialties.

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