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The mission of the College of Optometry is to prepare, educate and train optometric physicians to practice at the highest level of proficiency, integrity, and professionalism; and to provide a multidisciplinary environment that encourage scholarly activity, service, and lifelong learning.

Fifty full-time faculty members and administrators provide outstanding and dedicated training to our students. We have a 91% average four-year graduation rate over the past 3 years and a 96% overall graduation rate for that same time.  Our attrition rates are consistently low. NSUCO students have demonstrated solid performance on all three National Board (NBEO) examinations (see a complete listing of our National Board Results in the table below). But, more importantly, our graduates excel clinically in their areas of practice. In recent years over 25% of our graduating class members were successful in earning residency positions across the country. We hear repeatedly about our graduate's outstanding preparation and performance at clinical residency sites across the country.  Each year, OD’s, MD’s, and Corporations contact us from across the country seeking to hire or provide practice opportunities to our graduates.  The demand for NSUCO graduates is difficult to quantify, but it seems to increase each year!

We are proud to live and work in the south Florida community and provide eye care to this diverse area. We strive to attract students from across the United States, Canada and beyond. While 45% of our students come from the "sunshine state" of Florida, over 35 different US States are represented in our student population with the highest populations coming from New York, Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, Michigan, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Canada is well represented with approximately 10% of our student population coming from 5 different Canadian provinces. The diversity of our classes truly reflects our local community with over 27% of our students being self-described as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native. Applicants to our program are considered "competitive" applicants with Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) scores of 320 or above and grade point averages (GPA) of 3.4 or above. Please contact our Admissions Counselor and schedule a 15 minute telephone information session for more information about admissions. We believe that when choosing a School or College of Optometry, you should find a school where you can do your best. Find an environment and location where you feel comfortable and will be able to perform at your highest level. We invite you to visit Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry so that we can ask you, "Can you SEE yourself here?"

In pursuit of defining the Nova Southeastern University of tomorrow, President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. collaborated with faculty members, deans, staff, alumni, student leaders, community members, and the board of trustees to create a single-shared vision based on eight core values. Please click on the faces of our students to see and hear what they have to say about NSU's core values.

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NSU Entering Class Student Profile (ASCO's Entering Class Profiles)

 

CUMULATIVE GPA

SCIENCE GPA

OAT AA/TS

2014

3.34

3.24

322.31/320.44

2015

3.40

3.30

323.62/322.98

2016

3.42

3.30

328.83/328.72

2017

3.37

3.22

323.44/321.04

2018

3.47

3.33

318.31/313.82

2019

3.43

3.30

322.87/319.57

2020 3.48 3.36 322.76/318.97
2021 3.36 3.21 323.23/320.52
2022 3.51 3.42 328.80/325.42

NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY

Academic Year

2020 *

2021

2022

National Average 2022

NBEO Exam

# of all first time takers

Pass rate (%) of first time takers

# of all first time takers

Pass rate (%) of first time takers

# of all first time takers

Pass rate (%) of first time takers

Pass rate (%) of first time takers

Part I First Time Pass Rate

Administrations included

98

75.51

Jul-20, Nov-20, Jan-21

104

68.57

Mar-21, Aug-21

97

61.86

22-Mar

65.34

Part II First Time Pass Rate

Administrations included

96

86.46

Dec-19, Jul-20

99

86.87

Dec-20, Apr-21

100

84

Dec-21, Apr-22

84.65

Part III First Time Pass Rate

96

86.46

99

84.85

102

79.41

79.64

Ultimate Passage Rate

# passing all parts

% of graduates

# passing all parts

% of graduates

# passing all parts

% of graduates

 

104

97.62

107

96.26

 

Pending Aug-22 results

Pending Aug-22 results

*COVID-impacted administrations shown in red font

**NBEO defines year of graduation as Oc. 1 - Sept. 30. The Ultimate passage rate  is at the time of graduation, number of students having attempted all 3 parts of the NBEO or OEBC, proportion that have passed all three Parts or passed the OEBC.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Year Initially Matriculated

2013

2014

2015

Graduated in 4 years*

91.4%

92.0%

89.5%

Graduated in 5 or more years

4.8%

4.0%

6.7%

Graduated at any time

96.2%

96.0%

96.2%

Attrition for Academic Reasons

3.8%

2.0%

1.9%

Attrition for Other Reasons

0%

2.0%

1.9%

Still enrolled or on a leave of absence

0%

0%

0%

*Students are required to pass Part I of the NBEO to graduate.

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