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MBKU's SCCO Class of 2014 Scores 100% Pass Rate


Members of SCCO's Class of 2014 gather for a photo, during a recent lab class, to acknowledge the 100 percent pass rate on the NBEO Exam, Part II by their entire class.  They are joined by:  Dr. Stanley Woo, Dean of SCCO (back row, left), Dr. Mark Sawamura (back row, second from right), Dr. Judy Tong (third row, right), and Dr. Harue Marsden (seated, front row, left). The Class of 2014 at Marshall B. Ketchum University's Southern California College of Optometry has achieved a 100 percent pass rate on a national licensing exam.  The 99 members of the class earned the perfect pass rate on Part II, Patient Assessment and Management, of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) exam.  The high score was 803.  Scores are reported on a scale of 100 to 900.

"We are incredibly proud of the members of the Class of 2014 for this achievement," said Dean of SCCO Stanley Woo, O.D., M.S., M.B.A.  "This is an outstanding accomplishment and a reflection of the fine effort and preparation by our students.  Supporting their preparation and training, faculty and staff are proud to have played a part in their success."

The NBEO administers three comprehensive examinations Parts I, II and III, as a complete set of examinations to assess a candidate's optometric

education and training that are essential for entry-level optometric practice.  The three-part exam tests knowledge and skills in the areas of Applied Basic Science, Patient Assessment and Management, and Clinical Skills.

Every state requires passage of the NBEO examinations in order to be eligible for licensure to practice.  Part II of the three-part exam is taken in the fourth-year of optometry school, usually in December.  The Patient Assessment and Management test includes testing on 30 cases with 175 items and takes two, 3.5 hour sessions to complete.  Topics covered include disease, trauma, refractive status, sensory and oculomotor processes.

The 99 members of SCCO's Class of 2014 will graduate on May 22, 2014.