The COMLEX-USA is a three-level exam series that is designed for licensure for the practice of osteopathic medicine. Here's what you need to know.
All osteopathic medical students are required to pass COMLEX-USA Level 1 and Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation (CE) in order to graduate from osteopathic medical school. You’ll take the first level of the exam near the end of your second year of medical school. Typically, you’ll take Level 2-CE during your third or fourth year. You must take them in order, and you must successfully complete both Level 1 and Level 2-CE before you can take Level 3 during your residency.
While the COMLEX-USA Level 2 Performance Evaluation was suspended indefinitely in February 2021, the NBOME continues to explore new ways to assess clinical skills in future osteopathic physicians. To learn about alternate pathways to Level 3 in light of the suspension, visit the NBOME website.