Ontario Biomedical Exam

The College’s Ontario Biomedical Exam is one of three exams in Ontario that are used to assess an individual’s knowledge, skills and judgement to determine their eligibility for registration in the province. This exam replaced the NPLEX I exam in Ontario, effective November 15, 2020, and must be successfully completed to be eligible to be registered with the following exceptions:

  • Due to COVID-19, the College will continue to accept proof of successful completion of NPLEX I until May 15, 2021, provided the NPLEX I was completed prior to November 15, 2020.
  • Applicants for registration who have successfully completed the PLAR Program will have completed this exam as part of that program. A second pass is not required.
  • Applicants for registration under the Canada Free Trade Agreement are not required to complete this examination.

Exam Content and Structure

The Ontario Biomedical Exam is a 150 multiple-choice, 3-hour exam administered electronically via licensed testing centres or through an online proctoring platform. It presents a mix of case-based and stand-alone questions testing essential medical knowledge of body systems and their interactions, body functions, dysfunctions and disease states.

Information about testable content is available in the Ontario Biomedical Exam Study Reference Guide
Additional procedural information about the exam is available in the Ontario Clinical Sciences and Ontario Biomedical Exams Handbook.

Exam Fees and Schedule

The Ontario Biomedical Exam is offered twice each year by the College, typically in March and September. The fees for this examination are $450 plus HST. For more information on the schedule and all fees, please see the Ontario Biomedical Exam Schedule page.

Upcoming Exam

Registration for the March 9, 2021 session of the Ontario Biomedical Exam is now closed. The College is no longer accepting exam registration applications for this session.

To maintain registration for this session of the Ontario Biomedical exam, all exam candidates who registered with the College are also required to book an exam time with Yardstick Assessment Strategies, the College’s partnered test administration company, between 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 to 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Yardstick will e-mail candidates directly by Tuesday, February 9, 2021 with detailed booking instructions.