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Licensure Requirements

Arizona College of Optometry

To obtain licensure, graduates must have completed the requirements established by each state or national licensing board. Licenses require successful passage of the National Board Examinations and may require the passage of an additional state licensing exam. Postdoctoral requirements may vary among states. The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) administers complete integrated examinations in three parts that reflect the different stages of a candidate's optometric education and training. Part I covers Applied Basic Science, Part II covers Patient Assessment and Management, and Part III covers Clinical Skills. Part I and Part II are approximately 1.5 days in length and Part III is 1.0 day in length. The earliest date for a student candidate to take the Part I examination is March of the third professional year at an accredited institution. A Board Review Course is incorporated into the curriculum to help the student prepare for Part I. The earliest date for a candidate to take the Part II examination is in December during the candidate's fourth year at an accredited institution. A second board review course is incorporated into the curriculum to prepare the candidate for Part II. All students are required to pass Part I and to take Part II of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry to graduate and must provide proof of such. It is the responsibility of the individual student to pass national board examinations. Students are eligible to take the Part III examination at the conclusion of their third year or at any time throughout their fourth year. For additional information regarding licensure, contact the website, www.optometry.org or

     National Board of Examiners in Optometry 
     200 S. College Street, #2010
     Charlotte, NC 28202
     Phone: 800-969-EXAM(3926) or 704-332-9565
     Fax: 704-332-9568
     E-mail: nbeo@optometry.org