Step 1

All students are required to pass Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) at the national passing level before progressing in the third year of the curriculum. The primary purpose of this policy is to ensure that students entering the clinical phase have adequate basic science preparation to be successful in clinical courses and eventually to be licensed. Scheduling for Step 1 is required after the completion of the second year.

Students failing Step 1 on their first attempt will be given the option of completing their current rotation or withdrawing immediately. Students may resume their third year curriculum only after receiving a passing score for Step 1.

Step 2 CS and Step 2CK

All students are required to pass Step 2CS and Step 2CK of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) at the national passing level during their fourth year and before receiving the Doctor of Medicine Degree. The primary purpose of this policy is to ensure that students finishing their medical education have adequate basic and clinical science preparation to be successful in a residency program and eventually to be licensed.  Students must attempt both the Step 2CS and Step 2CK exams before December 31 of their fourth year.  Any exceptions must be approved by the Associate or Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Retake Process

When the scores are received, students who did not pass Step 1, Step 2CK or Step 2CS exam will meet individually with members of the Student Affairs Office staff to assess their individual needs and to develop a plan to retake the exam. A student will be permitted up to three (3) attempts within a twelve (12) month period. The 12-month period will begin with the date of their first attempt. Failure to pass the exam by the end of the 12-month period will result in dismissal. The 12-month time period may be modified for extenuating circumstances on the recommendation of the Student Promotions Committee and final approval of the Dean but under no circumstances will a student be granted a 4th attempt.