Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)
- Students must complete the clerkship curriculum before attempting Step 2CK
- Students must be enrolled or on an approved LOA to attempt Step 2 CK
After successful completion of the core clerkships, the student must take both parts of Step 2 of the USMLE (2 CK and 2 CS).
Students in a dual degree program must take USMLE Step 2 CK and 2CS prior to entering the other portion of the program and must pass both in order to continue in the graduate program.
Both Step 2 tests must be attempted before November 1 of the year prior to graduation
How to Sign Up
Students may signup online at https://www.nbme.org/students/index.html#close
No photo verification is required for Step 2 unless it has been more that 5 years, or you have changed you legal name, since your last exam.
If you are applying for accommodations, please plan to apply very early for USMLE, review of accommodations can take 10 weeks or more.
Step 2CK Failures
Passing both Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS is required for graduation. Students are allowed a total of three attempts to pass each of the two Step 2 examinations; failure to pass either Step 2 examination for a third time will result in dismissal from medical school, without recourse to the appeals process.
Students must pass all required clerkships and take USMLE Step 2 CS and 2 CK no later than November 1 of their last academic year in medical school to ensure an opportunity for remediation prior to residency match and graduation, should a failure occur.