The national board exams for optometry are administered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO).  The NBEO is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the public by accurately assessing the competence of practicing optometrists.

Berkeley Optometry Students Score Well

No matter how it’s measured, Berkeley Optometry students typically perform markedly better on all three sections of the NBEO examination than the average performance of students from other schools.  We believe this is a testament to the quality of our students and the excellence of the training we provide.

Part I: Applied Basic Science

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201884.6%62.9%+21.7%
201788.5%68.8%+19.7%
201686.7%69.1%+17.5%
201593.3%68.9%+24.4%
201493.9%78.9%+15%

Part II: Patient Assessment and Management

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201798.3%83.7%+14.6%
2016100%84.9%+15.1%
2015100%83.1%+16.9%
2014100%95.3%+4.7%
2013100%91.2% +8.8%

Part III: Clinical Skills

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201789.1%77.4%+11.7%
201692.2%79.6%+12.6%
201593.9%82.2%+11.7%
201494.2% 79.3%+14.9%
201388.7% 77.9% +10.9%

Ultimate Pass Rate, Parts I-III, at Graduation

Class YearBerkeley Pass RateNational Pass RateBerkeley Difference
201693.3% 83.8%+9.5%
2015100.0%84.9%+15.1%
2014100.0% 90.8%+9.2%
201398.4%90.3%+8.1%
2012100.0%92.7%+7.3%