The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry announced that it will publicize pass rates for the national board examinations.
The rates for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available on the organization’s website.
The data includes first-time pass rates for each school and college of optometry on parts 1, 2 and 3 of the exam, the ultimate pass rate for each institution and national averages, according to a press release from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).
According to ASCO President David Damari, OD, FCOD, FAAO, ASCO plans on publishing the rates each year going forward, in the fall.
“All faculty at every one of our 23 schools and colleges of optometry strive to continually improve our students' success on the boards until each student in our programs is capable of passing every part,” he said in the release.
According to the 2016-2017 report, the Southern College of Optometry had a 100% ultimate pass rate, Nova Southeastern was 97.85% and Pacific University was 97.75%.
“The National Board of Examiners in Optometry is pleased to collaborate with ASCO and ASCO member institutions in providing a uniform reporting structure for pass rate data,” Jill Bryant, OD, FAAO, FSLS, NBEO interim executive director, said in the release. “All calculations were performed using candidates who have both graduated during the listed time frame and attempted all three parts at least once.”