KYCO Student Performance

The Kentucky College of Optometry graduated its first class in 2020. As we gather this data we will publish it for review on this page.


Ultimate Pass Rate

Class ofKYCO Pass Rate
202091.89%
202181.48%
2022-

NBEO Part I – Applied Basic Science (ABS)

Year of AdministrationKYCO First Time Pass Rate
9/1/2019-8/31/202053.30%
9/1/2020-8/31/202164.81%
9/1/2021-8/31/202254.40%

NBEO Part II – Patient Assessment and Management (PAM)

Year of AdministrationKYCO First Time Pass Rate
9/1/2019-8/31/202072.10%
9/1/2020-8/31/202179.63%
9/1/2021-8/31/202273.68%

NBEO Part III – Clinical Skills Examination (CSE)

Year of AdministrationKYCO First Time Pass Rate
9/1/2019-8/31/202070.27%
9/1/2020-8/31/202157.41%
9/1/2021-8/31/202253.06%

Applicants and New First-Year Matriculates

Class of202120222023202420252026
KYCO
Applications
Accepted
New First-Year Matriculates
-
504
104
60
-
461
100
63
-
460
178
62
-
456
126
59
-
551
113
60
-
881
217
62


Applicants and Matriculates by Ethnic Groups and Gender

Class of202120222023202420252026
Applications
White, non-Hispanic
Asian
Hispanic/Latino
Black, non-Hispanic
Other and Unknown
Multi-ethnic
Percent Minority
Women
Percent
-
270
117
39
25
56
--
43.0%
323
64.1%
-
248
112
32
25
44
--
42.9%
317
68.7%
-
265
118
29
22
26
--
40.4%
317
68.9%
-
270
121
27
30
8
--
39.7%
300
65.4%
-
321
129
43
35
23
--
39.9%
354
64.2%
-
437
192
54
57
141
--
15.2%
553
62.8%
New First-Year Matriculates
White, non-Hispanic
Asian
Hispanic/Latino
Black, non-Hispanic
Other and Unknown
Percent Minority
Women
Percent
-
45
6
3
4
2
25.0%
34
56.7%
-
48
7
3
1
4
18.6%
41
65.1%
-
50
4
3
4
1
18.0%
47
75.8%
-
48
5
2
2
2
17.0%
35
59.3%
-
50
2
3
2
3
15.0%
41
68.3%
-
46
4
2
5
5
16.1%
28
42.2%

Source: ASCO Annual Student Data Reports

Notes: (1) Applicant data comes from the OptomCAS data Files, (20) Percent minority removes unknown applicants/matriculates from denominator


Grade Point Averages and OAT Scores of New First-Year Matriculates

Class of202120222023202420252026
Grade Point Averages
Science mean gpa
Non-Science mean gpa
Mean cum GPA
-
3.10
3.54
3.31
-
3.00
3.51
3.23
-
3.09
--
3.31
-
3.12
--
3.33
-
3.28
--
3.44
-
3.15
--
3.30
OAT Scores
Academic Average mean
Total Science mean
Natural Sciences:
Biology
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Reading Comprehension
Physics
Quantitative Reasoning
-
305
290
-
307
308
290
340
274
309
-
301
287
-
297
303
288
325
275
312
-
296
279
-
294
292
276
327
266
310
-
298
280
-
296
290
282
324
271
312
-
301
285
-
298
300
287
335
271
308
-
302
284
-
301
297
282
330
275
321

Sources: ASCO Annual Student Data Reports and OptomCAS data files.

Note:          (1) In the OAT, scores range from 200 to 400 with a mean of 300.


Entering Class Origin

Class of202120222023202420252026
N606362596062
Highest Degree:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
-
90%
5%
-
97%
2%
-
92%
3%
-
94%
5%
-
87%
3%
-
89%
8%
Most Prevalent Schools: (N)
University of Pikeville
University of Kentucky
Morehead State University
East Tennessee State University
Eastern Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University
University of VA’s College at Wise
Marshall University
North Carolina State University
University of Louisville
-
3
3
1
1
1
2
2
0
1
0
-
1
5
3
2
1
0
1
3
2
1
-
3
2
1
2
2
2
0
1
-
3
-
4
0
4
3
2
0
1
0
0
0
-
1
3
1
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
-
5
0
1
1
0
0
4
0
1
1

Sources: ASCO Annual Student Data Reports and OptomCAS data files.

Currently, KYCO has matriculated students from 38 U.S. States with the highest number coming from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 


Additional Characteristics of New First-Year Matriculates

Class of202120222023202420252026
New First-Year Matriculates606362596062
Share from Central/South Central Appalachian Region.
Share from Rural America
(non-Cent’l/So Cent’l Appalachia).
Total Share Meeting KYCO Mission:
33%
-
28
61%
24%
-
41
65%
21%
-
40
61%
32%
-
32
64%
20%
-
65
85%
26%
-
29
55%
First Generation College Student
First person in family to go to professional school
KYCO was first choice of optometry schools
22%
53%
68%
26%
65%
81%
21%
--
--
25%
57%
73%
32%
65%
80%
31%
67%
75%

Sources: OptomCAS data files and KYCO Survey of First Year Students.

Notes:       
(1) The Central Appalachian Region includes the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia; the South Central Appalachian Region includes the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.


Attrition Rate

 2017
2018
2018
2019
2019
2020
2020
2021
2021
2022
First-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Dismissed/Withdrew disciplinary reasons
Withdrew Personal Reasons
Transferred to another optometry school
First-Year Attrition Rate
60
3
0
0
0
5.0%
63
1
1
0
0
1.6%
65
2
0
2
0
6.2%
63
2
0
1
0
4.8%
64
1
0
1
0
3.1%
Second-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Dismissed/Withdrew disciplinary reasons
Withdrew Personal Reasons
Transferred to another optometry school
Second-Year Attrition Rate
64
0
0
1
0
1.6%
58
1
1
2
0
5.2%
62
0
1
1
0
3.2%
59
1
0
1
0
3.4%
58
2
0
0
0
3.4%
Third-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Dismissed/Withdrew disciplinary reasons
Withdrew Personal Reasons
Third-Year Attrition Rate
--
-
0
-
-
62
0
1
1
1.6%
51
0
0
1
2.0%
58
0
0
0
0.0%
55
0
0
0
0.0%
Fourth-Year Students (N)
Dismissed/Withdrew academic failure
Failure to pass NBOE (per policy)
Fourth-Year Attrition Rate
--61
0
14
23.0%
51
0
7
13.7%
58
0
0
0.0%
ANNUAL ATTRITION RATE3.2%2.7%8.8%5.2%1.7%

Source: ASCO Annual Student Data Report.

Note:    
(1) ASCO does not count students with approved leaves of absence as part of the attrition calculation.


Graduation Rates

Matrticulated:Original OD CohortCompleted the program in 4 yrsCompleted the program in 5 yrsCompleted the program in 6 yrsTotal Completers of programs within 150%
Fall 2016
    Completion Rate
6537
56.9%
14
21.5%
10
15.4%
61
93.9%
Fall 2017
    Completion Rate
6040
66.7%
14
23.3%
Fall 2018
    Completion Rate
6355
87.3%

Graduation Profile

 2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022
First Professional Degree
Optometry [51.1701]
Women
Ethnic Minority
NANANA-
36
64%
14%
-
55
51%
13%
-
79
68%
9%
Location after Graduation
Located in Appalachia
Located in Rural Area
Located in a Health Shortage Area - Vision Difficulty – county
-
32%
44%

15%
-
45%
52%

15%
-
28%
54%

7%

Sources: KY Council on Postsecondary Education Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred and Graduate Office of Student Affairs


Career Placement

Plans after Graduation

 201720182019202020212022
N | %N | %N | %N | %N | %N | %
Accepted into Residency Program
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease
Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation
Ocular Disease/Glaucoma/Retina
Ocular Disease/Refractive & Ocular Surgery-Stipend
Ocular Disease/Co-Management
Pediatric Optometry
N | 22
4 |
1 |
0 |
1 |
1 |
1 |
N | 9
4 |
0 |
0 |
0 |
1 |
0|
N | 11
4 |
1 |
2 |
0 |
0 |
0 |
Accepted a Position/Opening Own Practice22 | 5926 | 4736 | 46
In Negotiation for a Position5 | 147 | 1319 | 24
Not Yet Secured a Position2 | 515 | 2714 | 18
Other/Unknown0 | 0%2 | 41 | 1
TotalNANANA37 | 10055| 10079 | 100

Source: KYCO Office of Assessment