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NBEO Pass Rates


Check the numbers.

ICO creates optometrists that are best prepared to practice, and we have the statistics to prove it. More than half of our fourth years receive honors from externship preceptors. On average, 1 in 4 ICO graduates is immediately accepted into a residency program. Given that we’re the largest optometry school in the nation, that’s a lot of successful doctors!

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. ICO students historically exceed the national pass rate on all parts of the NBEO exam.

Part scores reflect data for 1st time takers only.

NBEO Part I Applied Basic Science
Year ICO Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2015 83.22% 76.90%
2014 82.47% 77.56%
NBEO Part II Patient Assessment and Management
Year ICO Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2015 90.41% 88.15%
2014 92.96% 91.74%
NBEO Part III Clinical Skills Examination
Year ICO Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2015 88.89% 85.86%
2014 84.67% 80.50%