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NBEO Pass Rates


As students progress through the ICO curriculum, and providing they remain in good academic standing, they will be certified eligible to take the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) series of examinations. The National Board Examinations are required for licensure by every state in the U.S. and are recognized with increasing frequency in Canadian provinces. We areĀ proud of ourĀ NBEO pass rates- proof that our doctors leave ICO best prepared to practice.

NBEO Part I evaluates competency in the basic and human sciences and is typically completed in March of the third professional year. NBEO Part II evaluates competency in clinical sciences of optometry and is taken in December of the fourth professional year. NBEO Part III can be completed anytime during the fourth professional year and evaluates clinical skills and patient management aspects of optometry. ICO faculty offers study sessions for each.

Part scores reflect data for 1st time takers only.

NBEO Part I Applied Basic Science
Year ICO Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2014 82.47% 77.56%
2013 96.55% 85.76%
2012 96.18% 85.43%
2011 90.06% 77.71%
2010 97.16% 92.12%
NBEO Part II Patient Assessment and Management
Year ICO Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2014 92.96% 91.74%
2013 99.33% 97.82%
2012 98.11% 93.99%
2011 98.16% 95.20%
2010 96.5% 90.9%
NBEO Part III Clinical Skills Examination
Year ICO Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2014 84.67% 80.50%
2013 86.08% 79.39%
2012 96.95% 88.25%
2011 98.61% 97.60%
2010 100% 97.9%