United States Medical Licensing Examination and Licensure

Medical Student Handbook

STEP 1 and STEP 2 Examinations

All students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine are required to take the United States Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 prior to starting third year clerkships. All students are also required to take and pass the USMLE Step 2 exams, both Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS), prior to graduation. School of Medicine students take Step 1 in May or June after completing all the Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum and before beginning clinical clerkships. Step 2 is taken during the clinical years following the Clinical Reasoning in Medicine (CRIM) course at the conclusion of the third year. Current registration and fee information are available through the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) office.

Scores are reported approximately four to six weeks after the examination is taken. It may take as long as twelve weeks to receive scores for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Exam. Delay in taking or failure of any part of the USMLE may prevent a student's graduation. Students are responsible for meeting the required curriculum standards.