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National Board of Examiners in Optometry Pass Rates

Information on National Board Pass rates for all the member institutions can be found on the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website.  This information will be published yearly and a link to the report can be found at: https://optometriceducation.org/national-board-of-examiners-in-optometry-yearly-performance-report/

UHCO NBEO Pass Rates
YEAR 2022 2021 2020* 2019
Date Range 9/1/2021- 8/31/2022 9/1/2020- 8/31/2021 9/1/2019- 8/31/2020 9/1/2018- 8/31/2019
  Part I
UHCO
First Time Pass Rate
*66% 73% **88% 64%
National
First Time Pass Rate
*65% 72% **80% 77%
Administration All scores are combined: main exam administration in March and the alternate date in August unless otherwise noted
*Score in 2022 reflects March only, August pending
**Combined scores in 2020: main exam administration in March and the alternate in November and January
  Part II
UHCO
First Time Pass Rate
86% *95% **84% 90%
National
First Time Pass Rate
85% *88% **90% 90%
Administration All scores are combined: main exam administration in December and the alternate date in April unless otherwise noted
* Combined scores in 2021: main exam administration in December with alternate dates in December, February, and April
**Combined scores in 2020: main exam administration in December and the alternate in July
  Part III
UHCO
First Time Pass Rate
Pending 78% 86% 86%
National
First Time Pass Rate
Pending 81% 85% 87%
Administration *Combined scores for all administrations from  August 1st-July 31st of each academic year.
  Ultimate Pass Rate
Ultimate Pass Rate Pending 93% 90% 93%
  *Percentage of students who pass all three parts of the NBEO by September 30th. following graduation.
Graduation and Attrition Rates
Graduation Year 2022 2021 2020* 2019
# Entering Students 99 101 103 102
  # % # % # % # %
Ultimate Graduation Rate2 94 95 96 95 98 95 99 97
Graduated in 4 years1 92 92 93 92 93 90 96 94
Graduate in 5 or more years 2 2 3 3 5 5 3 3
Ultimate Attrition Rate3 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 3
Attrition for academic reasons 2 2 4 4 4 4 2 2
Attrition for other reasons 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1
  1A student who graduates within the same calendar year as the end of their fourth academic year
2Students from the original cohort who ultimately graduated from the professional program
3Total number of students from the original cohort who did not complete the program