Optometry Student Handbook 2023-2024

College of Optometry (CO) 2023–2024 122 National Board Examination All students must take Parts I and II of the examinations of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) prior to graduation, documented by sending a copy of the test scores to the Office of the Dean. Filing procedures can be obtained through the Office of the Dean. Part I must be passed prior to graduation. Students may take the NBEO Part I examination during the first possible administration in the third year of the optometry program or in the following August administration. To be eligible for a degree of Doctor of Optometry, each student is required to pass the NBEO Applied Basic Science (Part I) and to take the Clinical Science of Optometry, Patient Assessment and Management (Part II) examinations, (excluding foreign students). It is the student’s responsibility to have a copy of the grade reports submitted directly to the college by the NBEO as proof of taking the examination. A student’s degree will be withheld until these obligations are met. Students from foreign countries may petition to be released from taking the National Board (Part II and III) examinations by the start of the third year, winter term. Students on academic warning with a cumulative GPA below 2.75 are recommended to register for an August examination date of the NBEO Applied Basic Science (Part I) instead of the March examination date to allow more time to prepare for this important examination. Class and Examination Schedules Schedules for both classes and examinations are determined by the dean’s office in consultation with concerned faculty members. Student input may also be solicited on appropriate issues. Students and their representatives must refrain from generating other arrangements. Externships An important part of students’ clinical training is achieved through service on an externship. Assignment to externship rotations is a critical element of each student’s professional development. Therefore, this assignment is made by the collective professional judgment of a faculty committee to provide the best possible match between the characteristics of a specific externship site and the particular academic and clinical abilities and needs of each student without compromise to the standards and reputation of either the externship site or NSU.