NBEO Requirements

NBEO Requirements

Checklist:

  • Passing scores on Part I, II and III
  • No less than 75 on Pharmacology (part I)
  • No less than 75 on Disease/Trauma (part II)
  • Passing score on part II TMOD
  • Passing score on part III ISE
  • No less than 75% on part III CSE, for the following skills
    • Biomicroscopy
    • Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy
    • 3-Mirror Gonioscopy


PLEASE NOTE the scores you receive on your student transcript may not be the same as the final score reported to the NC Board. Please request the NBEO release your official scores to North Carolina immediately upon submission of your application if you didn’t do so at the time of your NBEO exam.


21 NCAC 42B .0107 WRITTEN EXAMINATION

(a) Each applicant must submit evidence of having reached the recommended levels of acceptable performance on the National Board examinations given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry on or after the April, 1978 administration in one of the following formats and under the following conditions prior to Board approval of his application to take the clinical practicum examination administered by the Board and shall authorize the release of his official score report by the National Board to the Board prior to the approval by the Board of his application to take the clinical practicum examination.

***Please note, in the following sections 'administration(s)' refers to the administration of the NCSBEO exam, not the NBEO exam. If you have any doubt as to the requirements please see the checklist above or call a member of our staff at (910) 285-3160.***


(1) April, 1978 through August, 1986 administrations: passing scores on Parts I, IIA, and IIB, with scores of not less than 75 in Section 7 (Pathology) and Section 9 (Pharmacology) on the Part IIB examination, and a score of not less than 75 on the National Board's Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease ("TMOD") examination.

(2) April, 1987 through August, 1992 administrations: passing scores on the Part I Basic Science (BS) examination and Part II Clinical Science (CS) examination of the National Board, with scores of not less than 75 on the Ocular Disease/Trauma and Clinical Pharmacology sections of the PART II Clinical Science (CS) examination, and a score of not less than 75 on the National Board's Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examination.

(3) April, 1993 through December, 2008: passing score on the Part I Basic Science Examination of the National Board.

(4) April, 1993 through April, 2009: passing score on the Part II Clinical Science Examination of the National Board, with a score of not less than 75 on the Ocular Disease/Trauma component within the Clinical Science examination, and a score of not less than 75 on either the TMOD component within the Clinical Science examination, or on the equivalent stand-alone TMOD examination.

(5) March, 2009 and thereafter: passing score on Part I Applied Basic Science (ABS) examination of the National Board.

(6) December, 2009 and thereafter: passing score on Part II Patient Assessment and Management (PAM) examination of the National Board, with a score of not less than75 on the Disease/Trauma component within the Patient Assessment and Management (PAM) examination, and a score of not less than 75 on the TMOD component within the Patient Assessment and Management (PAM).

(7) March 2010 administrations through February 2014 administrations: Passing socre on the Part III Clinical Skills Examination (CSE) of the National Board.

(8) June 1, 2014 administations through March 2015 administrations: passing score on Part III Injection Skills Examination (ISE) of the National Board.

(9) Beginning with March 2015 administrations: all applicants must have a passing score on Part III CSE with a score of not less than 75 on the Skills of gonioscopy, binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy and slit lamp biomicroscopy, and a passing score on Part III ISE of the National Board.

(b) For candidates with passing scores on at least one National Board examination part under different formats and time periods described in (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), (a) (4), and (a) (5) of this Rule, the following equivalences shall apply:

(1) Part I and IIA is the equivalent of Basic Science.

(2) Part IIB is the equivalent of Clinical Science without the inclusion of TMOD.

(3) Part I Applied Basic Science (ABS) is the equivalent of Part I Basic Science.

(4) Part II Patient Assessment and Management (PAM) is the equivalent of Part II Clinical Science.

(c) For those candidates taking the National Board examinations under any of the examination formats dating back to April 1978 and prior to March 2009, old Part III (Patient Care) will not be required.


Board Rule Revision June 1, 2014