The four year Doctor of Optometry Program is our core academic program. It consists of three years of study in classroom, clinic, laboratory, and seminar settings, followed by an all-clinical fourth year. The student’s final year is entirely clinical with assignments available in an array of diverse practice settings and locations. Clinical experiences provide students with exposure to diverse patient populations, state of the art instrumentation, and supervisory faculty who are committed to exemplary patient care and education. The preceptorship method is used throughout our programs, with licensed and experienced faculty serving as mentors for our students.
Preparing Clinicians, Researchers, and Educators
The College’s four-year Doctor of Optometry degree program provides students with a strong foundation in the visual, biomedical and clinical sciences, which are then integrated through a rich and diverse patient care experience. This program prepares students for a career as a clinician, researcher, or educator. Our unique elective program provides the opportunity for advanced education in an area of personal interest with options for pursuing a postgraduate education.
The curriculum of the four-year program is organized and delivered through four departments: Vision Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Disease, Primary Care, and Specialty and Advanced Care. Each course is developed as one step in a sequence designed to facilitate each student’s mastery of the knowledge and skills required of an optometric professional capable of managing conditions of the human eye and visual system.
Concentration in Pediatric Optometry
NECO has also introduced a Concentration in Pediatric Optometry for qualified OD candidates. Integrated into the traditional four year program, candidates with this concentration will receive enhanced pediatric didactic and clinical opportunities, with pediatric department faculty members through their four years. For questions or information about the concentration program, email the program director.
OD/MS Dual Degree Program
Designed for optometry students who wish to earn a master of science in vision science degree, the OD/MS Dual Degree is available to qualified students who are enrolled in the College’s Four-Year OD Program. The OD/MS degree is completed within the time frame of the Four-Year OD Program and involves modifications to the course sequence in the four year program curriculum.
The MS portion of the program features graduate-level courses, seminars, an original research project, and completion of a thesis with a thesis defense. The MS program is designed to develop the analytical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to be a successful scientist. The program emphasizes research in an area of vision science that is determined by your interests and the expertise of our graduate faculty.