Procedure for Institutional Policy E-23: Passage of COMLEX

Effective
September 18, 2020
Previous
July 1, 2019

1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this procedure is to administer Institutional Policy E-23: Promotion Requirement National Board Examination – Passage of COMLEX.

2. APPLICABILITY

2.1

This procedure applies to all students.

2.2

For purposes of applying Institutional Policy E-23, Section 8.1 (COMLEX failures for same exam type), a COMLEX failure that triggers an academic dismissal for any one exam type must have occurred on or after May 16, 2014.

2.3

WVSOM reserves the right to amend this procedure at any time, as necessary or appropriate.

3. DEFINITIONS

The capitalized terms in this procedure have the same meaning as assigned to them in Institutional Policy E-23: Promotion Requirement National Board Examination - Passage of COMLEX.

4. NOTIFICATION

All failure notifications required by this procedure must be communicated to the student in writing by letter sent via certified mail to the student’s mailing address on file with the WVSOM Registrar and e-mail to the student’s WVSOM email address. Unless otherwise specified in this procedure, all other notifications required by this procedure may be made via e-mail using the student’s WVSOM email address.

5. OFFICE OF NATIONAL BOARDS AND EXAM CENTER

All communication, including appointment requests, must be made through the Office of National Boards and Exam Center (“ONBEC”) at nationalboards@osteo.wvsom.edu or (304) 793-6840 or (304) 793-6829.

6. DEADLINES

6.1

All students are, without exception, to be held to the deadlines specified in this procedure. In all cases, if a student fails to meet a deadline to take or retake a COMLEX exam, the following actions will occur:

6.1.1

The Director of ONBEC will notify the student, the student’s Statewide Campus (“SWC”) Regional Assistant Dean or designee, and the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee of the student’s failure to meet the deadline.

6.1.2

The Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee will:

a.

Instruct the student to schedule the COMLEX exam for the next available exam date within two days of the date of notification;

b.

Immediately remove the student from rotations, without allowing the student to complete any current rotations; and

c.

Place the student on Academically-At-Risk Category 1 status (unless the student is already on an Academically-At-Risk status).

6.1.3

The student, after notification of the failure to meet the deadline and an opportunity for discussion, may be subject to disciplinary action.

6.2

Unless otherwise specified in this procedure, the Director of ONBEC may extend the deadline for retaking the COMLEX exam by up to 30 days or until the first available exam date after the extension, if an Exception Request signed by the SWC Regional office is submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the applicable exam date deadline, except in cases of emergency, to the Director of ONBEC.

6.2.1

If an Exception Request is granted or if a Prep Track is affected, and the student does not have vacation time to cover it, then the time off rotations will be reflected on the student’s rotation schedule as a Prep Track.

6.2.2

Any changes in a student rotation schedule necessitated by requirements in this proceduremust be worked out by the student and the student’s SWC Director, with the approval of thestudent’s SWC Regional Assistant Dean. Any non-vacation time taken off will be indicated in the student’s schedule as a Prep Track.

6.3

A student may request additional time beyond the maximum time allotted by the Director of ONBEC for exam preparation from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. The total time for the Prep Track, including any additional time granted, shall not exceed 120 days. If a student is granted additional time by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the student does not have vacation time to cover it, then the additional time will be recorded as a Prep Track.

7. SCHEDULING COMLEX EXAMS

7.1 Common Scheduling Requirements

7.1.1

Students are responsible for scheduling COMLEX exam dates and locations. To schedule an exam, students must register with the NBOME, pay any applicable fees, and schedule a location and date with the COMLEX regional exam center.

7.1.2

Students may take a COMLEX exam only on a date that he/she is an active, full-time student at WVSOM. Students on a Leave of Absence are prohibited from taking a COMLEX exam.

7.1.3

Students may not schedule an exam on a date that conflicts with a mandatory activity set up by the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical  Education or his/her designee.

7.1.4

Students who select a date within the defined exam window may request time off from a Year 4 rotation for any COMLEX exam by submitting an Exception Request two weeks prior to thescheduled exam date to his/her SWC Regional Assistant Dean.

7.1.5

Students may change the date and location of a scheduled exam at any time, provided thatthose changes do not violate the scheduling rules described in this procedure. NBOME maycharge a fee to reschedule or cancel an exam. The student must inform the Director of ONBEC prior to making any date or location change.

7.1.6

Students who encounter any problems in scheduling, taking, or finding scores for a COMLEX exam should contact the NBOME directly.

7.2 Scheduling COMLEX Level 1

7.2.1

The NBOME will email registration materials to students during the first semester of Year 2 classes. Students who do not receive the email must call the NBOME for assistance. Students must check the details in the email (their name spelling, address, etc.) for accuracy and contact the NBOME if changes need to be made.

7.2.2

The window for taking COMLEX Level 1 is defined by the Vice Present for Academic Affairs and Dean in consultation with the Director of ONBEC.

7.2.3

Students may reserve a seat for the exam on any date within the defined exam window, if consistent with Section 7.1 above or unless an Exception Request is approved, but may not take the exam if he/she has not accomplished the following before the scheduled exam date:

a.

Passed all Year 1 and Year 2 courses and requirements;

b.

Passed Year 2 OSCE; and

c.

Passed a Level 1 qualifying exam or completed the Level 1 qualifying exam Prep Track.

7.2.4

No student may enter Year 4 rotations until the student passes COMLEX Level 1 and the passing score is received by the WVSOM Registrar.

7.3 Scheduling COMLEX Level 2-CE

7.3.1

Students who have passed COMLEX Level 1 will be eligible to schedule the COMLEX Level 2-CE exam.

7.3.2

The window for taking COMLEX Level 2-CE is defined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean in consultation with the Director of ONBEC.

7.3.3

In special circumstances, students may be allowed to schedule a date earlier than the test window defined by 7.3.2. Requests must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or his/her designee. However, students may not take the exam before
completing the required Year 3 rotations.

7.3.4

If a student is off-cycle relative to his or her class of entry, a revised exam window for taking COMLEX Level 2-CE will be determined by the Director of ONBEC based upon the end of Year 3 rotations.

a.

The Director of ONBEC will notify the student and the student’s Regional Assistant Dean of the new exam window.

b.

If the student wishes to take the exam outside of that exam window, the student must follow the same requirements for obtaining permission as those for requesting an extension of the original exam window.

7.3.5

Students may reserve a seat for the exam on any date within the defined exam window, if consistent with Section 7.1 above or unless an Exception Request is approved, but may not take the exam if he/she has not accomplished the following before the scheduled exam date:

a.

Passed COMLEX Level 1;

b.

Passed all Year 3 courses and requirements;

c.

Passed Year 3 OSCE; and

d.

Passed a Level 2 qualifying exam or completed the Level 2 qualifying exam Prep Track.

7.4 Scheduling COMLEX Level 2-PE

7.4.1

Students who have passed COMLEX Level 1 and Year 3 OSCE will be eligible to schedule
the COMLEX Level 2-PE exam.

7.4.2

During the first semester of Year 3 the NBOME will email students notification that the
COMLEX Level 2-PE calendar has been posted. Students must access the NBOME COMLEX
Level 2-PE calendar on the password-protected part of the NBOME website to determine
available dates for the exam.

7.4.3

The window for taking COMLEX Level 2-PE is defined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean in consultation with the Director of ONBEC. Students who are off-cycle relative to their class of entry must consult their Regional Assistant Dean to determine the
beginning of their Year 4. The window for taking COMLEX Level 2-PE will be determined by the Director of ONBEC. The COMLEX Level 2-PE exam must be taken by March 1 of Year 4 if a qualified student is to attend graduation.

7.4.4

Students may reserve a seat for the exam on any date within the defined exam window, if consistent with Section 7.1 above or unless an Exception Request is approved, but may not take the exam if he or she has not accomplished the following before the scheduled exam
date:

a.

Passed COMLEX Level 1; and

b.

Passed Year 3 OSCE.

8. ASSESSMENT EXAMS

8.1 Qualifying Exams

8.1.1 Requirement for COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2-CE

a.

Each student must pass the Level 1 qualifying exam administered by WVSOM or have completed the mandatory Level 1 qualifying exam Prep Track before he or she may take COMLEX Level 1.

b.

Each student must pass the Level 2 qualifying exam administered by WVSOM or have completed the mandatory Level 2 qualifying exam Prep Track before he or she may takeCOMLEX Level 2-CE.

8.1.2 Level 1 Qualifying Exam and Level 2 Qualifying Exam Process

a.

The passing score for a qualifying exam will be set by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean in consultation with the Director of ONBEC prior to each qualifying exam.

b.

A student who fails to obtain a passing score on the first attempt of a Level 1 qualifying exam shall meet with the Director of ONBEC and will be enrolled in a mandatory four (4) week on-campus qualifying exam Prep Track. Students may be allowed to substitute a similar commercial program if approved by the Director of ONBEC.

c.

A student who fails to obtain a passing score on the first attempt of a Level 2 qualifying exam shall meet with the Director of ONBEC who will, in consultation with the Associate Dean of Predoctoral Clinical Education, or his/her designee, develop a mandatory four (4) week qualifying exam Prep Track.

8.1.3 Qualifying Exam Prep Track Participation and Failure

a.

Any failure of the student to participate in or successfully complete any scheduled and required activities will be recorded and will result in the following:

i.

An initial failure to meet the scheduled activities will result in an email warning to the student. If the student does not respond to the email and satisfactorily explain the reason for the failure to participate, a complaint of unprofessional behavior will be filed in accordance with Institutional Policy ST-01: Academic and Professional Standards.

ii.

A second failure to meet the scheduled activities will automatically trigger a complaint of unprofessional behavior.

iii.

A third failure to meet the scheduled activities will be considered a failure of the Prep Track.

b.

Failure of a qualifying exam Prep Track will trigger a meeting with the Student Promotions Committee.

i.

The Student Promotions Committee will meet with the student to discuss the failure and subsequently make a recommendation for dismissal or retention. In the case of retention, the Student Promotions Committee must specify any corrective actions or conditions for retention.

ii.

The Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee will consider the recommendation and affirm, modify, or reject it. If retained, any corrective actions or conditions for retention must be clearly specified. If the Associate Dean/designee recommends dismissal, that recommendation will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. The Dean will make the decision in the matter.

iii.

The Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee will convey his or her decision to the student, along with any timeline requirement and a deadline for indicating acceptance of any conditions. If the student fails to reply by the deadline or indicates non-acceptance, then the Associate Dean will notify the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the student will be dismissed.

8.1.4 Administration of Qualifying Exams

a.

Any required qualifying exam will be administered by WVSOM in a proctored venue.

b.

Students who cannot attend the qualifying exam at the time(s) scheduled must obtain an
excused absence from:

i.

The Associate Dean for Preclinical Education or designee for Level 1 qualifying exam.

ii.

The student’s SWC Regional Assistant Dean or designee for Level 2 qualifying exam.

c.

A makeup day and location for the qualifying exam will be specified by the Director of ONBEC for those students who have been granted an excused absence from the originally scheduled exam date.

d.

Students must take the qualifying exam by the deadline date established that year by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. Those who have not taken the qualifying exam by the deadline date specified and do not have a valid excuse from the Dean specified in subsection (b) or those who have a valid excuse from the Dean and do not take the qualifying exam on the scheduled makeup day specified in subsection (c) above will automatically have their COMLEX exam date cancelled with the NBOME by ONBEC.

8.1.5 Status of Rotations

a.

Any student who fails to obtain a passing score on the Level 1 qualifying exam will not be permitted to begin rotations until the student has taken COMLEX Level 1. However, the student must attend the orientation for the SWC to which they have been assigned.

b.

Any student who fails to obtain a passing score after the first attempt on the Level 2 qualifying exam shall complete all Year 3 rotations, but afterwards shall leave rotations and remain off rotations until the student has taken COMLEX Level 2 CE.

8.2 OSCE

8.2.1

Requirement for COMLEX Level 2-PE. Each student must pass both the Year 2 and Year 3 OSCE before he/she may take COMLEX Level 2-PE.

8.2.2 Year 2 and Year 3 OSCE; Re-Education

a.

Students who do not successfully complete the OSCE on the first attempt will be required to undergo and pass OSCE re-education at the WVSOM Clinical Evaluation Center (“CEC”) on a date and time specified by the appropriate Associate Dean or designee.

b.

Students who pass the OSCE but are at a high risk of failure of COMLEX Level 2-PE will be required to undergo additional re-education at time specified by the appropriate Associate Dean or designee prior to being allowed to sit for COMLEX Level 2-PE.

c.

Students who do not successfully complete the OSCE re-education requirements will be deemed to have failed the OSCE. Students who fail the OSCE must meet with the Student Promotions Committee and will be classified as Academically-at-Risk Category 2, pursuant to Institutional Policy E-19: Academically-at-Risk, which said policy must also be followed at that time.

d.

Students who pass OSCE re-education will be given permission to take COMLEX 2-PE.

8.2.3 Administration of OSCE

a.

Students who cannot attend the originally scheduled Year 2 OSCE must obtain an excused absence from the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education or designee.

b.

Students who cannot attend the originally scheduled Year 3 OSCE must obtain an excused absence from the students’ SWC Regional Assistant Dean or designee.

c.

A makeup day for the OSCE exam will be specified by the appropriate Associate Dean for those students who have been granted an excused absence from the originally scheduled exam date.

9. FAILURE OF COMLEX EXAMS

9.1 Number of Overall COMLEX Failures

9.1.1

Students will be academically dismissed if they exceed two COMLEX failures on any one exam type (COMLEX Level 1, COMLEX Level 2-CE, or COMLEX Level 2-PE).

9.1.2

Students will be academically dismissed if they exceed four COMLEX failures overall (COMLEX Level 1, COMLEX Level 2-CE, and COMLEX Level 2-PE).

9.2 Failure of COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2-CE

9.2.1 Notification

a.

The Director of ONBEC will notify the SWC office, Dean’s office and the student’s Regional Assistant Dean. The SWC office will notify the student and schedule an appointment for an initial conference (“Initial Conference”) with the Director of ONBEC or designee and the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee.

b.

Official notification of a first failure and instructions will be sent to the student by certified mail and email from the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee.

c.

Official notification of a second failure and instructions will be sent to the student by certified mail and email from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

d.

Official notification of a third failure and dismissal from WVSOM will be sent to the student by certified mail and email from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

9.2.2 First Failure

a.

Upon notification of the failure from NBOME, the student must contact the Office of Predoctoral Clinical Education about leaving any current rotations. The student may be permitted to complete any current rotation as long as the remaining time of the rotation does not exceed four (4) weeks.

b.

The student will receive confirmation from the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee via certified mail and email regarding the date on which the student must leave rotations and information about entering the COMLEX Prep Track.

c.

Once the student leaves rotations, the student will immediately enter the COMLEX Prep Track as described in Section 10.3 below.

d.

If the student receives a failing score for COMLEX Level 1 before beginning Year 3 rotations, the student must enter the COMLEX Prep Track, pause the COMLEX Prep Track to attend SWC orientation, and then complete the COMLEX Prep Track. The
student is not permitted to begin rotations before completing the COMLEX Prep Track and retaking COMLEX Level 1.

9.2.3 Second Failure

a.

Upon notification of the failure from NBOME, the student must contact the Office of Predoctoral Clinical Education about leaving any current rotations. The student may bepermitted to complete any current rotation as long as the remaining time of the rotation does not exceed four (4) weeks.

b.

The student will receive confirmation from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean or designee via certified mail and email regarding the date on which the student must leave rotations and information about entering the COMLEX Prep Track.

c.

Once the student leaves rotations, the student will immediately enter the COMLEX Prep Track as described in Section 10.3 below.

9.2.4 Third Failure.

Regardless of the previous conditions of failure, any student who exceeds two failures of either the COMLEX Level 1 or COMLEX Level 2-CE will be academically dismissed from WVSOM.

9.3 Failure of COMLEX Level 2-PE

9.3.1 Notification

a.

Official notification of a first failure and instructions to contact the CEC will be sent to the student by certified mail and email from the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee.

b.

Official notification of a second failure and instructions to contact the CEC will be sent to the student by certified mail and email from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

c.

Official notification of a third failure and dismissal from WVSOM will be sent to the student by certified mail and email from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

9.3.2 First Failure

If a student fails COMLEX Level 2-PE for the first time, they must enter the COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track as set forth in Section 10.4 below.

9.3.3 Second Failure

a.

Upon notification of the failure from NBOME, the student must contact the Office of Predoctoral Clinical Education about leaving any current rotations. The student may be permitted to complete any current rotation as long as the remaining time of the rotation does not exceed four (4) weeks.

b.

The student will receive confirmation from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean via certified mail and email regarding the date on which the student must leave rotations and information about the COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track.

c.

Once the student leaves rotations, the student will immediately enter the COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track as set forth in Section 10.4 below.

9.3.4 Third Failure

Regardless of the previous conditions of failure, any student who exceeds two failures of COMLEX Level 2-PE will be academically dismissed from WVSOM.

10. COMLEX PREP TRACKS

10.1

Any student who fails any COMLEX exam must enter a WVSOM COMLEX Prep Track.

10.1.1

The structure of the COMLEX Prep Track will vary, depending on the exam, the number of failures, and the score.

10.1.2

The COMLEX Prep Track must comply with the requirements of Institutional Policy E-19: Academically-at-Risk.

10.1.3

Students participating in a COMLEX Prep Track are considered full-time, active students.

a.

Students are required to pay full-time tuition and fees during the entire COMLEX Prep Track.

b.

The COMLEX Prep Track may extend a student’s medical school training beyond the student’s four (4) year curriculum. Any medical school education required for graduation beyond the standard four (4) year period will be assessed using WVSOM standard tuition and fees.

c.

Students will continue to have access to WVSOM resources, including WVSOM email.

10.1.4

The Director of ONBEC will supervise all aspects of the COMLEX Prep Track for COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2-CE, provide students with specified resources, and monitor student progress through the COMLEX Prep Track.

10.1.5

The Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee will supervise all aspects of the COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track, provide students with specified resources, and monitor student progress through the COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track.

10.2 Prep Track Participation and Failure

10.2.1

Any failure of the student to participate in or successfully complete any scheduled and required activities will be recorded and will result in the following:

a.

An initial failure to meet the scheduled activities will result in an email warning to the student. If the student does not respond to the email and satisfactorily explain the reason for the failure to participate, a complaint of unprofessional behavior will be filed against the student in accordance with Institutional Policy ST-01: Academic and Professional Standards.

b.

A second failure to meet the scheduled activities will automatically trigger a complaint of unprofessional behavior against the student.

c.

A third failure to meet the scheduled activities will be considered a failure of the Prep Track
and will result in a meeting between the Student Promotions Committee and the student.

10.2.2

Any failure of the student to successfully complete the requirements of the Prep Track will result in a failure of the Prep Track.

10.2.3 Decisions Regarding Student Failure of Prep Track

a.

Any failure of a Prep Track will trigger a meeting between the Student Promotions Committee and the student.

b.

The Student Promotions Committee will meet with the student to discuss the failure and subsequently make a recommendation for dismissal or retention. In the case of retention, the Student Promotions Committee must specify any corrective actions or conditions for retention.

c.

The Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee will consider the recommendation and affirm, modify, or reject it. If retained, any corrective actions or conditions for retention must be clearly specified. If the Associate Dean or designee recommends dismissal, that recommendation will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. The Dean will make the decision in the matter.

d.

The Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education will convey his or her decision to the student, along with any timeline requirement and a deadline for indicating acceptance of any conditions. If the student fails to reply by the deadline or indicates non-acceptance, then the Associate Dean will notify the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the student will be dismissed.

10.3 COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2 Prep Track

10.3.1 Students on the COMLEX Prep Track must complete the following:

a.

Arrange to take a minimum of four (4) weeks off from clinical rotations for the COMLEX Prep Track.

b.

Meet with the Director of ONBEC for an Initial Conference to analyze the issues and devise a plan for review. Until the Initial Conference occurs, the student will not be approved for rescheduling of the COMLEX exam.

c.

A Learning Plan will be created for the student at the Initial Conference.

d.

The Director of ONBEC will indicate to the student the specific dates defining the COMLEX exam window at the Initial Conference. The exam date must fall within the defined exam window.

e.

Contact the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee within one week of notification of placement on the COMLEX Prep Track to arrange a meeting. The Director of ONBEC and the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee may meet together with the student.

10.3.2 Prep Track Expectations

a.

The Prep Track Expectations will be conveyed to the student by the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee. The student must read the Prep Track Expectations carefully and discuss any issues that need to be addressed with the Director
of ONBEC within two (2) business days if he/she does not agree with it. Otherwise, the student will be held to the Prep Track Expectations.

b. The Prep Track Expectations may include the following:
i.

Prep Track Timeline and anticipated COMLEX testing dates.

ii.

A learning plan for monitoring student progress, including but not limited to, usage of
question banks and weekly assessments.

iii.

Communication expectations with the Director of ONBEC or designee.

iv.

Regular meetings with one of the Learning Specialists.

c.

If problems with the Prep Track Expectations arise, students must request permission from the Director of ONBEC or designee and the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee to make changes.

10.3.3 Communication Requirement

a.

No student may avoid communication with the Office of National Boards and Exam Center or fail to maintain regular interaction with the Director of ONBEC. Failure to maintain communication promptly and regularly constitutes unprofessional behavior, will be a factor considered in any decisions that might be made for a student, and may result in failure of the COMLEX Prep Track and possible disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from WVSOM.

b.

The student must:

i.

Contact the Director of ONBEC or designee at least once per week during the COMLEX Prep Track;

ii.

Contact the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee at least once every two weeks during the COMLEX Prep Track; and

iii.

Respond to any applicable emails sent to the student’s WVSOM email address.

10.3.4 Review Materials

a.

The Director of ONBEC will advise the student on the review materials or programs recommended for the COMLEX Prep Track. The student is responsible for providing those specified materials or programs

b.

Any commercial review program must be approved by the Director of ONBEC prior to purchase. Students must inform the Director of ONBEC of the start and end dates on any commercial program. Any changes must be approved by the Director of ONBEC.

i.

If the commercial review program requires a student to be off campus for more than six (6) weeks in an off-campus review program, the program must be approved by the Director of ONBEC and/or the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education.

ii.

Regardless of any assessment offered by the commercial review program as to whether or not the student is ready to take the COMLEX exam, the Director of ONBEC and the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education will make the final determination following any testing deemed necessary.

10.3.5 Retaking the COMLEX Exam

a.

Students on the COMLEX Prep Track must retake the COMLEX exam no later than the first available test date after completion of the Prep Track.

b.

If the student wishes to retake the COMLEX exam before the end of the Prep Track requirements set out in Section 10.3, he/she must request permission to do so from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. Permission may not be granted until the student has taken a diagnostic exam provided by the ONBEC under approved proctored conditions. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean will be based upon the student’s performance on the diagnostic exam and other data. If necessary, another exam may be mandated.

c.

Permission to extend the COMLEX exam date past the deadline may be granted by the Director of ONBEC or the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

i.

The student may petition the Director of ONBEC to be allowed to schedule an exam date up to 30 days past the time outlined in the Prep Track Expectations or until the first available exam date after the extension. A student may request additional time beyond the maximum time allotted by the Director of ONBEC for exam preparation from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

ii.

The total time for the Prep Track, including any additional time granted, shall not exceed 120 days.

iii.

If permission is not granted, the student must take the exam by the date previously specified within the time limit.

10.3.6 Return to Rotations

Upon retaking the COMLEX exam, the student may return to rotations once verified by the Director of ONBEC to the student’s Regional Assistant Dean.

10.4 COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track

10.4.1

Any student who fails COMLEX Level 2-PE is required to undergo a COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track. The student will not be approved for rescheduling of the COMLEX Level 2-PE exam until he/she has successfully completed the COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track.

10.4.2

Upon failing COMLEX Level 2-PE, the student must contact the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee and his/her SWC Regional Assistant Dean, as described in the student’s failure notification letter.

10.4.3

The student must meet with the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee to work out a specific written Learning Plan for review.

10.4.4

Following successful completion of the COMLEX Level 2-PE Prep Track, the student may be required to complete up to four (4) weeks of clinical rotations before retaking the COMLEX Level 2-PE exam.

10.4.5

The date of the student’s retake of the COMLEX Level 2-PE will be arranged between the Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education or designee and the student.

10.4.6 Return to Rotations

Upon retaking the COMLEX exam, the student must contact his/her SWC Regional Assistant Dean to arrange a return to rotations.

10.4.7

Any deviations from the requirements in this Section 10.4 must be approved in advance by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

11. EXAM IRREGULARITIES

11.1

Students who are unable to sit for an exam on the date and at the location specified because of illness, accident, tragedy, or other unforeseen emergency or who must leave an already-begun exam before completion of the exam because of illness, accident, tragedy, or other unforeseen emergency must:

11.1.1

Contact the NBOME as soon as possible to inform the NBOME of the situation;

11.1.2

Contact the ONBEC as soon as possible and, if necessary, leave a message describing what
happened;

11.1.3

Contact the student’s SWC Regional Assistant Dean and inform him/her of the non-scored exam (if applicable);

11.1.4

Review and follow the processes outlined in the current NBOME Bulletin of Information to report any irregularities; and

11.1.5

Schedule and take the exam as soon as possible, in consultation with the Director of ONBEC.

11.2

If a student finds that an exam irregularity or other issue has interfered with his/her ability to perform normally on the exam, he/she must:

11.2.1

Report the irregularity to the proctor for the COMLEX exam administrator and ask that the proctor log the problem in;

11.2.2

Contact the Director of ONBEC and describe the issue; and

11.2.3

Review and follow the processes outlined in the current NBOME Bulletin of Information to report any irregularities.

12. TEST ACCOMMODATIONS

12.1

Students may apply for test accommodations from the NBOME for COMLEX exams.

12.2

Students must review and follow the processes outlined in the current NBOME Bulletin of Information regarding test accommodations.

12.3

Students are encouraged to apply for test accommodations at least six (6) months prior to the exam window specified. Failure to do so may result in rotation delays, graduation delays, and loss of Federal financial aid for failing to progress.