Comprehensive Clinical Medicine Self-Assessment (CCMSA)

The web-based Comprehensive Clinical Medicine Self-Assessment (CCMSA) may be a useful tool not only for prospective applicants who are determining whether to sit for the DNP Certification Examination but also for eligible candidates who are in the process of preparing for the exam. The CCMSA presents 180 multiple-choice items that are based on information typically covered in clinical encounters and reflects the content of the multiple-choice component of Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The CCMSA does not include computer-based case simulations. Participants will receive a performance profile immediately after completing the CCMSA. The performance profile provides an assessment score and graphically displays relative strengths and weaknesses in general topic areas.

Note that the material presented in the CCMSA is provided by the NBME for educational purposes only. The NBME does not warrant that any individual performance on the CCMSA will predict performance on either the DNP Certification Examination or on a USMLE Examination and cautions participants against making any predictive inferences. For details about purchasing one of NBME’s self-assessment services, please visit: