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 2015 84.9% 88.9%
Class of 2016 84% 79%
Class of 2017 91% 84%
Class of 2018 92% 85%
Class of 2019 93% 90%
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%
Class of 2019 76% 77%
Class of 2020 79% 81%
NBEO Part 2 - Clinical Science - December
Year of Graduation First Time National Pass Rate First Time PCO Pass Rate
Class of 2015 92% 92%
Class of 2016 87% 82%
Class of 2017 88% 84%
Class of 2018 90% 86%
Class of 2019 90% 86%
Class of 2020 90% 91%
 
NBEO Part 3 - Patient Care
Year of Graduation First Time National Pass Rate First Time PCO Pass Rate
Class of 2015 81% 85%
Class of 2016 86% 89%
Class of 2017 81% 81%
Class of 2018 76% 73%
Class of 2019 84% 83%