National Board Exam Passage Rates

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) administers national board exams; passage of these exams is a requirement for practicing optometry in the U.S. Optometry students take these exams during the third and fourth years of their program. We know that taking board exams is a stressful and costly experience. That's why we work hard to prepare students to pass each part the first time they take it. For example, our newly renovated pre-clinic area features two exam lanes that are equipped with the identical instrumentation used in the NBEO National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry for Part III.

We'll let our students' first-time pass rate record (below) speak for itself.


NBEO Part I – Basic Science – March


Class ofOSU First Time Pass RateNational First Time Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
201497%86%+11%
201597%78%+19%
201691%76%+15%
201791%78%+13%
201887%73%+14%



NBEO Part II – Clinical Science – December


Class ofOSU First Time Pass RateNational First Time Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
2013100%94%+6%
2014100%97%+3%
2015100%86%+14%
201696%87%+9%
201797%88%+9%



NBEO Part III – Patient Care


Class ofOSU First Time Pass RateNational First Time Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
201379%79%--
201489%81%+8%
201583%86%-3%
201691%81%+10%
201781%81%--



Pass Rate for All Three Parts of NBEO at graduation


Class ofOSU Pass RateNational Pass RateThe Buckeye Advantage
2012100%93%+7%
2013100%90%+10%
201498%91%+7%
201598%85%+13%
2016100%84%+16%