Covid-19 Updates

Updated: December 9th, 2020

NBEO would like to thank you for your continued patience. We have now finalized an alternate examination window for our November 30 - December 3, 2020 displaced candidates within Pearson VUE. The alternate dates for the Part II PAM /TMOD examination will be February 15 – 20, 2021.
Candidates who were registered for the November 30 - December 3, 2020 administration and missed the examination due to governmental restrictions or COVID related quarantining are eligible for these February dates. Eligible candidates will be able to select seats beginning today with Pearson VUE.

If you have any questions, please click here to contact NBEO.

November 2020

NBEO has learned that beginning Wednesday, December 2nd appointment capacity in Pearson VUE testing centers in St. Louis, Missouri will be reduced to 25%. Affected candidates will be receiving a notification directly from Pearson VUE. NBEO is continuing to actively work with Pearson VUE to find alternative dates for all candidates impacted by new governmental restrictions. We will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.

As new information becomes available, we will keep you posted. If you have any questions, please click here to contact NBEO.

Pearson VUE has informed NBEO that due to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases and changing governmental restrictions, seating capacity in several states is being restricted.
  • Colorado – reduced to 50% capacity
  • New Mexico – reduced to 25% capacity beginning November 25th and limited to essential services only
  • Washington – reduced to 25% capacity beginning November 25th through December 14th
  • California – reduced to 25% or 50% capacity based on county beginning November 25th
  • Michigan – reduced to 30% capacity beginning November 25th
  • Illinois – reduced to 50% capacity beginning November 30th and limited to essential services only

Note: NBEO candidates are considered essential services within Pearson VUE. However, this classification is not a guarantee to maintain your seat due to seating capacity restrictions.

Our understanding at this time is that some candidates scheduled for the November 30 through December 3, 2020 Part II PAM and TMOD examinations will be impacted by these new restrictions. Candidates impacted by these seating limitations will receive an email directly from Pearson VUE notifying them of the change. If you receive a notification from Pearson VUE, then you are encouraged to look for an opening within the testing window. However, NBEO is working with Pearson VUE leadership to schedule alternative dates for affected candidates. Once these dates are finalized, NBEO will both email affected candidates directly and post the dates on our website.

Additionally, if you are COVID positive, have a known exposure to someone with COVID, or have COVID symptoms, then you should contact NBEO immediately. With documentation, NBEO will allow you to test during the alternative testing window described above.

We will continue to keep you informed as we have additional information. If you have any questions, please click here to contact NBEO.

Pearson VUE to Reduce Capacity at Some Sites

Released: November 24, 2020

Seating Announcement

October 2020

Safety at the National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry

Released: October 29, 2020

NBEO is committed to the safety of our candidates and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with that commitment, NBEO worked with EBI Consulting, Inc., an experienced consulting firm providing environmental risk and compliance management services, to review NBEO’s COVID-19 processes, protocols, and mitigation efforts. EBI Consulting’s services included a comprehensive assessment of the National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry (NCCTO®) in Charlotte, NC.

NBEO is pleased to share the results of EBI Consulting’s assessment with you below.

NBEO COVID-19 Assessment

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020