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The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) administers national board exams for the profession of optometry. In order to practice optometry in the United States, students are required to pass all three parts of the national board exams.
SCO has two goals for NBEO passage rates:
At least 80% of entering students must pass all three parts of the NBEO within six years of matriculation
SCO student pass rates will equal or exceed the national pass rate
SCO has consistently met both of these goals. Our students’ First-time Passage Rates and Ultimate Passage Rates speak for themselves. A complete list of Pass Rates for all schools is available on ASCO's website.
Year of Matriculation
# of Matriculants
6 yrs of
Graduating cohort by year
# passing all
Ultimate Passage Rate
NBEO Exam Part
# of all first time takers
Pass rate (%) of first time takers
Part I: Applied Basic Science (August and March Administrations)
Part II: Patient Assessment and Management (December and April Administrations)
Part III: Clinical Skills Examination (July - June Administrations)
Note: Part I for Academic Year 2019-2020 includes 07/2020 and 11/2020 administrations