The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) (www.optometry.org) administers three examinations that students need to successfully pass to be eligible for state licensure and utilize the Doctor of Optometry degree earned from the College:

Part I   – Applied Basic Science (ABS)
Part II  – Patient Assessment and Management (PAM)
Part III – Clinical Skills Examination (CSE)

Historically, a student's individual cumulative GPA at PCO has been a strong predictor of first time NBEO test-taking success. The better a student's performance is in his/her optometry studies, the better he or she performs on the NBEO examinations. 

More specifically, our analysis of the data indicates that students with a cumulative PCO GPA of between 2.0 and 2.3 have a greater level of difficulty in passing the NBEO Part I – Applied Basic Science examination on the first attempt, compared to other students.

The data in the table below indicate the Ultimate (Overall) Pass Rates, in other words, the percentage of students who have passed all three parts of the NBEO examinations at the time of graduation from a school or college of optometry.


 

Board Scores

Pass Rate for All Three Parts of NBEO at Graduation

Year of
Graduation


Ultimate National
Pass Rate


Ultimate PCO
Pass Rate

Class of 2007 93.10% 92.50%
Class of 2008 93.90% 93.80%
Class of 2009 90.70% 91.10%
Class of 2010 95.90% 94.10%
Class of 2011 94.40% 95.90%
Class of 2012 92.7% 95.1%
Class of 2013 90.3% 90.3%
Class of 2014 90.8% 92.2%
Class of 2015 84.9% 88.9%
Class of 2016 84% 79%
     
 
 
NBEO Part 1 - Basic Science - March
Year of Graduation First Time National Pass Rate First Time PCO Pass Rate
Class of 2015 78% 75%
Class of 2016 77% 66%
Class of 2017 78% 69%
Class of 2018 73% 56%
     
NBEO Part 2 - Clinical Science - December
Year of Graduation First Time National Pass Rate First Time PCO Pass Rate
Class of 2013 94% 95%
Class of 2014 98% 98%
Class of 2015 92% 92%
Class of 2016 87% 82%
Class of 2017 88% 84%
 
NBEO Part 3 - Patient Care
Year of Graduation First Time National Pass Rate First Time PCO Pass Rate
Class of 2013 88% 92%
Class of 2014 79% 81%
Class of 2015 81% 85%
Class of 2016 86% 89%
Class of 2017 81% 81%