Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry Western University of Health Sciences
College of Optometry

Student Achievement

Class of 2014 Outcomes 

Summary of Applicants and Number Matriculated

Since its inaugural entering Class, the College has seen a robust applicant pool with high ratios of applicants per matriculates. The information shown below summarizes the number of applicants and the matriculates from past admissions cycles.  

Class Year Anticipated Graduation (Fall of Matriculation)

 Number of Applicants

 Number Matriculated

Ratio of Applicants per Matriculate

2013 (2009 matriculation)




2014 (2010 matriculation)




2015 (2011 matriculation)




2016 (2012 matriculation)





On-time Completion

On-time completion is defined by the University as completing all requirements of the program within 4 years, 6 months of the matriculation date.  On-time completion for the Class of 2014 was 95.35%.


Clinical Education

Early entry into patient care and ongoing, diverse patient care experiences are hallmarks of the WesternU education. Clinical education begins during the first semester of the first year. Students participate in clerkship rotations from first through second year, advancing into greater involvement and more advanced levels of care. Every third year student has exposure to not only a comprehensive eye examinations but will also care for patients with ocular diseases, provide complicated contact lens fittings, and care for patients in pediatrics, and geriatrics. The third year students also care for all aspects of rehabilitative services such as low vision, vision therapy, and neuro-rehabilitation. During the fourth year, the student externs are off campus at a variety of external rotation sites including affiliated private practices, co-management and referral centers, and Veteran Affairs facilities.

Average numbers of patient encounters for each aspect of the curriculum are provided in the table below: 

 Average number of patient encounters per student

 First year: screenings


 First year: clerkships


 Second year: clerkships


 Third year


 Fourth year


 Across all four years combined



Licensing Exam Performance

Students, who perform well in our curriculum, perform well on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) exams. Graduates who earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the optometry curriculum have achieved the following pass rates:

The college values a student’s success and as such is continually improving our services. Based on our student feedback the College has implemented, and further enhanced our student support services as follows:

There are no barriers to a student’s success. Our curriculum provides students with the material needed to pass boards. It is a student’s hard work, preparation, study habits, work ethic, and utilization of all resources that contributes to their overall success on national board exams.

NBEO Parts

Number of 2014 Graduates who have taken the exam

% Pass

Part I



Part II



Part III



All 3 Parts



 *as of On-time Completion February, 2015

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) will review a professional optometric degree program that has less than a 70% ultimate pass rate for two consecutive years on the NBEO or any professional optometric degree program that demonstrates a decrease of 20 percentage points or more from the prior year’s ultimate pass rate.  For more information visit the ACOE website.


Post-graduate Residency Training

Our graduates have been very competitive in seeking residency positions. Of the 86 members of the Class of 2014, 16% (14 graduates) have been selected to a variety of residency programs across the country. The specialties range from low vision and vision therapy to primary care and ocular disease. The trend has continued with graduates from the Class of 2015 successfully matching with residency programs across the country.


Student Leadership

WesternU College of Optometry (WUCO) students have demonstrated strong leadership within the College and within the optometric professional community.

The following College clubs have been actively involved in service to the College, the University and the local community. In the case of VOSH, WesternU students have traveled to Haiti, Mexico, Fiji and Peru to render service to those in need. WesternU Optometry students have also attained high-ranking positions in several national organizations.

WUCO students have established WesternU chapters of:

Each year students elect Liaisons to Optometric professional organizations as listed below:

On the University level, Class officers also serve as Senators and have a voice in the University’s Student Government Association.

The University also provides opportunity for service and leadership through a wide variety of inter-professional student clubs and interest groups, which now number near 100 in total.


Click on the link below to view previous year’s outcomes:

Class of 2013 Outcomes