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USQE is the Unified State Qualification Exam for the students enrolled in the Master’s academic program and majoring in “22 Healthcare” branch of knowledge.

The stages of USQE administration and USQE components included in the each stage are determined in Resolution №334 “On adoption of the Unified State Qualification Exam Procedure for the students enrolled in the Master’s academic program and majoring in “22 Healthcare” branch of knowledge”, adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on March 28, 2018.

Components of the USQE, Stage 1

In 2020 all the third year students majoring in Medicine, Pediatrics, Medical Psychology, Stomatology, and Pharmacy are taking the first stage of the USQE that consists of the following components:

  • the “Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam;
  • the English Language Proficiency Test.

USQE Schedule 2020

DateExam
January 19, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Laboratory Diagnostics”
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam

January 26, 2021

USQE, Stage 2 for the students majoring in “Pharmacy”
(distance learning students)
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam
(pilot testing)

February 09, 2021 – February 10, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Medicine”, “Stomatology”, and “Pharmacy” (for the foreign students, who enrolled in the academic programs of their schools before March 01, 2018)
“Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam and English Language Proficiency Test

Starting from March 2021

Retake of the USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Medicine”, “Stomatology”, and “Pharmacy” (for the foreign students, who enrolled in the academic programs of their schools before March 01, 2018)
“Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam and English Language Proficiency Test

Retake of the USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Laboratory Diagnostics”.
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam
(according to the schedule of the State Organization “Testing Board for Professional Competence Assessment of Higher Education Trainees in Medicine and Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”)

April 13, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Stomatology”
“Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam and English Language Proficiency Test

May 12, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Public Health”
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam
(pilot testing)

June 02, 2021

USQE, Stage 2 for the students majoring in “Stomatology”
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam
Krok 2. Stomatology (for the students, who enrolled in the academic programs of their schools before 2016 and were reinstated for training or attestation in 2021).

June 03, 2021

USQE, Stage 2 for the students majoring in “Pharmacy”
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam
Krok 2. Pharmacy
Krok 2. Clinical Pharmacy
Krok 2. Technology of Perfume Cosmetics
(for the students, who enrolled in the academic programs of their schools before 2016 and were reinstated for training or attestation in 2021).

June 16, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Pharmacy”
“Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam and English Language Proficiency Test.

June 17, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Pharmacy” (for the III–IV year distance learning students)
“Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam and English Language Proficiency Test.

June 29, 2021 – June 30, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Medicine” (foreign students).
“Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam and English Language Proficiency Test.

Starting from July 2021

Retake of the USQE, Stage 1
for the students majoring in “Medicine”, “Medical Psychology”, “Pediatrics”, “Stomatology”, and “Pharmacy”
“Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam and English Language Proficiency Test.

Retake of the USQE, Stage 2
for the students majoring in “Stomatology” and “Pharmacy”,
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam
(according to the schedule of the State Organization “Testing Board for Professional Competence Assessment of Higher Education Trainees in Medicine and Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”)

December 07, 2021

USQE, Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Physical Therapy, Ergotherapy”
“Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam
(pilot testing)

Decree №2624, issued by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, dated November 16, 2020

Goal and Contents of the USQE, Stage 1

The goal of the “Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam is to assess the students’ ability to apply their knowledge, as well as their understanding of the key concepts of fundamental biomedical sciences, with the focus on the underlying principles and mechanisms of health, disease, and treatment models.

The number of test items: 150.

Exam Content

Krok 1. Medicine

  1.0 Biology (6–8%)
  2.0 Normal Anatomy (9–11%)
  3.0 Histology (4–6%)
  4.0 Normal Physiology (13–17%)
  5.0 Biochemistry (13–17%)
  6.0 Pathological Anatomy (13–17%)
  7.0 Pathophysiology (10–14%)
  8.0 Microbiology (7–9%)
  9.0 Pharmacology (11–15%)

Krok 1. Stomatology

  1.0 Biology (7–9%)
  2.0 Normal Anatomy (13–17%)
  3.0 Histology (9–11%)
  4.0 Normal Physiology (10–14%)
  5.0 Biochemistry (10–14%)
  6.0 Pathological Anatomy (10–14%)
  7.0 Pathophysiology (10–14%)
  8.0 Microbiology (6–8%)
  9.0 Pharmacology (10–14%)

Krok 1. Pharmacy

  1.0 Analytical Chemistry (12–16%)
  2.0 Organic Chemistry (12–16%)
  3.0 Physical and Colloid Chemistry (9–13%)
  4.0 Pathophysiology (10–14%)
  5.0 Biochemistry (10–14%)
  6.0 Pharmaceutical Botany (9–13%)
  7.0 Microbiology (10–14%)
  8.0 Pharmacology (12–16%)

I. General Provisions

1. This Procedure determines the mechanism, terms, and timeframe for development and administration of the Unified State Qualification Exam (hereinafter “the USQE”) for the students enrolled in the Master’s academic program and majoring in “22 Healthcare” branch of knowledge (hereinafter “the students”), as well as the criteria for result assessment.

This Procedure is binding for all the higher education establishments that train future professionals majoring in “22 Healthcare” branch of knowledge (hereinafter “the schools”), the State Organization “Testing Board for Professional Competence Assessment of Higher Education Trainees in Medicine and Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine” (hereinafter “the Testing Board at the MOH”), and the students.

In this Procedure the terms are used in the same sense as in the Law of Ukraine “On Higher Education”, in Resolution №334 “On adoption of the Unified State Qualification Exam Procedure for the students enrolled in the Master’s academic program and majoring in “22 Healthcare” branch of knowledge”, adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on March 28, 2018, and in Decree №1883 “On adoption of the cost estimate methodology for the development and administration of the Unified State Qualification Exam”, adopted by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on October 19, 2018.

2. The USQE consists of the test components and the Objective Structured Practical (Clinical) Exam (hereinafter “the OSCE/OSPE”).

The USQE test components include:

  • the “Krok” Integrated Test-Based Exam (hereinafter “the “Krok” Exam”);
  • the English Language Proficiency Test (until September 01, 2019 it was the Foreign Language Proficiency Test that assessed the students’ occupational proficiency in any foreign language studied by them in their schools);
  • the International Foundations of Medicine Exam.

3. Organization and administration of the USQE test components is provided by:

  • the Rectors (Directors) of the schools, where it concerns preparation of exam classrooms, ensuring suitable and safe conditions during the exam, and provision of emergency medical care for the students, if needed;
  • the Director of the Testing Board at the MOH, where it concerns the organizational and technological measures, necessary for the exam administration.

Organization and administration of the OSCE/OSPE is provided by the schools.

Retaking of the USQE

If students fail any of the USQE components, they are granted only one retake of their failed exam.

Retakes are held on the dates determined by the USQE Schedule.

The students, who failed any of the USQE components during a retake, are to be expelled from the higher education establishment due to their failure to complete their curriculum.

The students can participate in the retake of their exam within a year after the date of their first attempt to pass the exam.

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