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The pass rate nationally was 92 percent.

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Southern College of Optometry had the highest exam pass rate for 2017-18, according to newly released data.

For the second year, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry partnered with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry to make the pass rates for the 2017-18 academic year at every institution available on its website. Data for the 21 schools is found here.

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“The results are from calculations using candidates’ scores who have both graduated during the listed timeframe and attempted all three parts at least once,” said Dr. Jill Bryant, NBEO’s executive director. 

The ultimate pass rate for Southern College of Optometry’s 130 candidates was 100 percent. The school requires students to take and pass parts I and II for graduation.

The school with the next highest pass rate was the University of California/Berkeley, at 98.41 percent.

The ultimate pass rate nationally was 92.09 percent.

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“The national pass rates from our institutions are important information for all stakeholders in our profession, and we are happy to make this information readily available,” said Dr. David Damari, ASCO president.

“Faculty at every one of our member institutions aims to equip each optometry student with the skills and knowledge to pass each part of the exam. We all are always working toward 100% pass rate.”

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