During your time at LUCOM and beyond, you will take a series of assessments that will allow you to progress in your studies and reach your goals in the career of medicine.
According to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), the various assessments osteopathic medical students take “play a key role in fostering continuous quality improvement and lifelong learning, which ensures patients have access to the best care possible” (2019).
LUCOM Osteopathic Board Policies
LUCOM and the NBOME require that a medical student must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing to take the COMLEX Level 1, Level 2-CE and PE portions of the NBOME. All students are required to pass COMLEX Level 1 and both components of COMLEX Level 2 examinations (CE and PE) of the NBOME to graduate from LUCOM.
A student may take the COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 examinations of the NBOME any time the examination is offered after a student becomes eligible.
Please refer to the LUCOM Student Handbook for the full description of LUCOM’s policies regarding the COMLEX-USA, COMSAE, and examinations.
As a student-doctor, you should be familiar with the following boards and exams offered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).
COMSAE: Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Self-Assessment Examination
The COMSAE is a self-assessment examination for osteopathic student-doctors to gauge the base of their knowledge and ability as they prepare to take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA).
COMSAE registration and dates contact: LUCOMRegistar@liberty.edu
COMLEX Levels 1, 2 PE, and 2 CE
The COMLEX-USA examination series is designed to assess the osteopathic medical knowledge and clinical skills considered essential for osteopathic generalist physicians to practice osteopathic medicine. All student-doctors are required to pass COMLEX Level 1 and both components of COMLEX Level 2 examinations (CE and PE) to graduate from the COM. A student-doctor may take the COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 examinations of the NBOME any time the examination is offered after a student-doctor becomes eligible.
The cost of the student doctor’s COMLEX exams is an out-of-pocket cost and is not covered by tuition.
USMLE: United States Medical Licensing Examination
The USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. The USMLE is an optional comprehensive exam provided by the NBOME which can provide resident application reviewers with more information on the LUCOM student doctor’s knowledge and skills. The core benefit of taking this optional exam is to provide a competitive advantage to students applying for highly competitive residencies. The cost of the student doctor’s USMLE exam(s) is an out-of-pocket cost and is not covered by tuition.
For more information, visit USMLE.