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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 14TEXAS OPTOMETRY BOARD
CHAPTER 271EXAMINATIONS
RULE §271.6National Board Examination

(a) The board determines that the written examination by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) known as Part I and Part II complies in all material respects with the written examination requirements of the Act, §351.255 and §351.256. The passing score on each Part of the National Board written examination is determined by the criterion-referenced standard setting approach, in which the passing score is set at the scaled score of 300. The Texas Optometry Board will accept scores from an NBEO written examination if Part I or II was satisfactorily completed on or after January 1, 1984.

(b) The board determines that the practical examination known as Part III by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) complies in all material respects with the practical examination requirements of the Act, §351.255 and §351.256. The passing scores on Part III shall be determined by the NBEO. The board will accept scores from an NBEO Part III examination if Part III was satisfactorily completed on or after June of 1994.

(c) All applicants must comply with the application process and qualification criteria of the Act, §351.254, as well as all applicable board rules.

(d) All applicants must pay an examination fee of $150 to the Texas Optometry Board. No fee for examination will be returned to any applicant after the application has been approved by the board.

(e) In addition to the NBEO examinations referenced in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, all applicants shall take and pass a written jurisprudence examination given by the Texas Optometry Board in order to be eligible for licensure. The board shall administer the jurisprudence written examination at least on a quarterly schedule. The jurisprudence examination can be administered in conjunction with Part III of the NBEO, provided the applicant has graduated from an approved college of optometry and has completed application with the board. However, an applicant who meets the other requirements of this section and §351.254 of the Act may take the examination without having graduated, if the dean of a college of optometry that meets the requirements of the board notifies the board in writing that the applicant is enrolled in good standing in the college and is in the final semester before graduation.

(f) Each applicant shall submit a true and correct copy of the applicant's score report to the executive director, and such other evidence of having achieved a passing grade on each part of the NBEO examination as the executive director may determine. Such satisfactory evidence of passage of the NBEO examination must be submitted to the executive director within 12 months of successful passage of the board's jurisprudence examination; otherwise, the applicant must reapply and take and pass the board's jurisprudence examination. No license will be issued to an applicant until evidence of passage of the NBEO examination is received.


Source Note: The provisions of this §271.6 adopted to be effective March 13, 1986, 11 TexReg 1043; amended to be effective July 11, 1986, 11 TexReg 2981; amended to be effective November 25, 1986, 11 TexReg 4624; amended to be effective March 28, 1988, 13 TexReg 1259; amended to be effective November 3, 1989, 14 TexReg 5624; amended to be effective January 1, 1992, 16 TexReg 7488; amended to be effective September 10, 1993, 18 TexReg 5744; amended to be effective February 15, 1995, 20 TexReg 646; amended to be effective December 28, 1995, 20 TexReg 10766; amended to be effective August 2, 1998, 23 TexReg 7562; amended to be effective September 26, 2002, 27 TexReg 8927

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