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Medical or nursing students preparing to take a clinical certification exam often use mobile apps as the most convenient learning tools to help them succeed and prepare for their professional medical career.

The modern mobile technology can vastly enhance our efficiency, effectiveness, and accuracy when it comes to everyday tasks, from job performance to exam preparation.  
Medical and nursing students preparing for a certification exam, such as USMLE, CMA, NCLEX-RN or CNA, use mobile devices and apps to complement standard learning resources and tools.
Here, we listed some of these apps designed specifically to help students preparing for the clinical certification exam.


USMLE Step 1 Mastery App

USMLE Step 1 Mastery app allows students to efficiently study for USMLE Step 1 exam on the go. It works on the 'flashcards' principle.
The app is free to download, however, it requires users to purchase the Premium version to get access to 1,400+ USMLE test questions with explanations and images, 300 quiz questions, 500+ terminology, and more.
Practice questions cover multiple topics across multiple specialties ranging from pathology to pharmacology to physiology and anatomy.
USMLE Step 1 Mastery app is only available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Our score: N/A
Links: iOS



USMLE Exam Prep App

Medical students owning Android devices can download USMLE Exam Prep app (current 2018 edition).
The app provides over 3,000 training questions for students who want to take a test and pass USMLE Exam.
The app provides a realistic experience because the questions are based on the official test, covering a wide range of subjects from Biochemistry & Genetics to Preventive Medicine. The app randomizes the questions to keep students focused.
The best thing about the USMLE Exam Prep app is that it's available for free, although only on Android.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android


USMLE Pharmacology Flashcards App

Pharmacology usually takes a big part of the USMLE Step 1 exam with 30-40 questions that cover a large volume of information, including different mechanism of actions, side effects, contraindications, toxicity, and the names of many drugs, which can be very similar in many medications.
USMLE Pharmacology Flashcards app allows medical students to prepare for the USMLE pharmacology using flashcards on their phone or tablet.
The app is free to download for Android and iOS, however, it only includes a 24-hour free trial, with the option to purchase the full version of the app with 200 case questions for $34.99.

Our score: 79%
Links: Android, iOS


CNA Pocket Prep App

A Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) has an important role in any healthcare team. CNA courses require 75 hours of training including various topics such as indirect care, sanitation and hand washing, nursing assistant roles, as well as health, safety, and legal issues.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Pocket Prep app is an exam simulator that allows students to create customized practice tests with detailed answer explanations for every question.
There are two practice modes (Simulation and Study), and more than 500 questions (30 are available for free) designed to help future nurse assistants.
CNA Pocket Prep app is available for iOS and Android.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


NCLEX-RN Exam Prep App

The first step in becoming a nurse is to successfully complete an accredited nursing degree by taking and passing the NCLEX exam, which is a standardized exam in the U.S. used to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. 
NCLEX-RN Exam Prep app is a mobile learning and exam preparation tool using short quizzes, which are a more efficient and convenient way for nursing students to prepare for their NCLEX exam.
Current 2017 Edition is available for free download on both on Android and iOS. This free version, however, is limited and contains 74 questions with detailed answer explanations.
825 total practice questions and detailed rationales, as well as exam builder, are available after in-app purchases for $7.99 and $9.99.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


Medical-Surgical Nursing Exam Prep App

Medical-Surgical Nursing Exam Prep app is designed to prepare students for the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) examination offered by the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB).
The app includes around 300 questions covering the core knowledge expected of a Medical-Surgical RN, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, diabetic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hematological, neurological, and musculoskeletal topics. 
Questions are paired with explanatory answers that help reinforce the essential knowledge necessary for practical application.
The app is available on Android and iOS for $4.99.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


CMA Test Prep App

The CMA certification is considered the highest standard of medical assistant credential. The CMA test is a computer-based exam with 200 multiple choice questions, of which 20 are unscored.
CMA Test Prep app is designed to help students prepare the Certified Medical Assistant exam on the go.
There are many CMA apps out there, but the two bearing the same name are actually different apps with a lot of similarities.
Both Android and iOS versions consist of 2000+ quality and multiple choice questions with detailed explanations, which cover a wide range of topics from Administrative to Specimen Collection and Diagnostic Testing.
An important difference is a cost. The Android version costs around $4, while the iOS version is initially free of charge, offering in-app purchases of additional questions and content.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


LCSW Pocket Prep App

The ASWB's (Association of Social Work Boards) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exam is designed for candidates who want to expand their role in social work and focus on clinical work and psychotherapy. The LCSW test consists of 170 multiple choice questions.
To be able to take the test, LCSW candidates must hold a master's degree and have completed at least two years of supervised direct social work. 
LCSW Pocket Prep app is an exam simulator that allows LCSW candidates to practice for this exam.
The app contains 800 questions (30 are available for free) which cover four main areas, including Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment; Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning; Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions, and Case Management; and Professional Ethics and Values.
LCSW Pocket Prep app is available for Android and iOS devices.

Our score: N/A
Links: Android, iOS


Case Files Series - LANGE App

Case Files Series app is an amazing study resource for medical students preparing for their exams providing them with a comprehensive set of realistic interactive clinical cases and accompanying USMLE-style questions. The topics covered range from Anatomy to Surgery.
The app works in three modes, including Study, Exam, and Bookmark, providing clinical pearls that highlight key concepts and primers that help students think like a doctor.
The Case Files Series app is available for free download which includes only one sample case study from each of the titles that are available. 
Full app is available through an in-app purchase of $29.99 - $34.99.
Also, McGraw-Hill Education also made available separate cases apps, including First Aid, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Pathology, etc.
The app is available only on iOS.

Our score: N/A
Links: iOS

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