Students who work hard and take advantage of all the resources that Salus PCO has to offer have the potential to both achieve success while in the program and upon graduation.
That being said, the College provides a number of activities to prepare students for all parts of the NBEO exams. While the college is not aware of what is asked on the exam, faculty will provide reviews based on the outlines provided on the NBEO website. Students are academically counseled throughout their time at PCO to focus on areas of weakness and concern.
Additional immediate initiatives for all current classes include the implementation of electronic testing
to help students become more comfortable taking electronic exams which mimic the NBEO exam; and an increase in the amount of quizzes and exams
to provide students an opportunity to consistently review the material.
For those students who are currently on campus, there is intensive faculty and student board review sessions and students also have KMK Educational Services on campus throughout their second and third year of optometry school.
For the class of 2021, modular courses were unbundled into individual courses to better track student retention and performance in key basic science areas. All classes will receive NBEO review sessions.
For those of you entering in the late summer/fall of 2018 as the Class of 2022, we are already underway in completing a substantial curriculum review. Entrance to clinical experiences will remain the same
with students entering the clinic within the first week of school. A full patient experience will still occur in January of the student’s second year and a full year of off-campus externships/rotations during the fourth year across the United States will also remain. The only major difference is the fact that we’re going to extend the students’ time on campus during the third year. The purpose for this is to ensure each and every student is prepared. PCO is doing whatever it needs to do to make sure students are prepared for Part 1 and still get the excellent clinical experience that PCO traditionally gives.
A refined focus in the following curricular areas will also occur:
- Disruptive technologies and the role of optometry and the healthcare system
- Lasers and minor surgical procedures
- Focused emphasis in neuro-ophthalmic diagnosis and rehabilitative care of the
- Community outreach
- Interprofessional practice
- Ethics and professionalism
- Ocular anatomy and physiology followed by systemic health and well-being
In addition to providing full transparency on all performance areas of NBEO exams from previous classes, for the incoming class of 2022, PCO will also initiate a “pilot retention exam”
to determine areas in which students struggle during their first year of optometry school in addition to having faculty reinforce NBEO Part I outline and highlight FIVE key areas at the conclusion of each course.
For the Class of 2022, the minimum GPA (to remain in the program) will be raised from a 2.0 to a 2.4
, while for the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 at-risk students with a GPA lower than 2.4 will be identified and study plans will be developed with specific focus areas.