Doctor of Optometry Program

About NSUCO

The mission of the College of Optometry is to prepare, educate and train optometric physicians to practice at the highest level of proficiency, integrity, and professionalism; and to provide a multidisciplinary environment that encourage scholarly activity, lifelong learning, and service.

Forty-six full-time faculty members provide outstanding and dedicated training to our students. We have a 94% retention rate over the past 4 years and solid performance on all three National Board (NBEO) examinations. But, more importantly, our graduates excel clinically in their areas of practice. In 2014, 30% of our graduating class members were successful in "matching" for residency positions. Our strong clinical education prepares them well for the rigors of residency programs. We hear time and time again about our graduate's outstanding preparation and performance at clinical residency sites across the country.

We are proud to live and work in the south Florida community and provide eye care to this diverse area. We strive to attract students from across the United States, Canada and beyond. While 45% of our student come from the "sunshine state" of Florida, over 40 different US States are represented in our student population with the highest populations coming from - California, New York, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. Canada is well represented with approximately 10% of our student population coming from 5 different Canadian provinces. The diversity of our classes truly reflects our local community with over 21% of our students being self-described as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native. Applicants to our program are considered "competitive" applicants with Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) scores of 320 or above and grade point averages (GPA) of 3.4 or above. Please contact our Admissions Counselor and schedule a 15 minute telephone information session for more information about admissions. We believe that when choosing a School or College of Optometry, you should find a school where you can do your best. Find an environment and location where you feel comfortable and will be able to perform at your highest level. We invite you to visit NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry so that we can ask you, "Can you SEE yourself here?"

In pursuit of defining the Nova Southeastern University of tomorrow, President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. collaborated with faculty members, deans, staff, alumni, student leaders, community members, and the board of trustees to create a single-shared vision based on eight core values. Please “click” on the faces of our students to see and hear what they have to say about NSU's core values.

Optometry students discussing the NSU Core Values Academic Excellence Student Centered Integrity Innovation Opportunity Scholarship/Research Diversity Community

National Board Results

NSU First-Time Takers on NBEO Examinations at NSU / National Overall Passage Rates

  Part 1- APS Part 2-PAM Part 3-CSE
2011 81.03/71.78 96.43/90.12 98.92/96.53
2012 94.68/80.51 96.70/91.23 84.76/84.45
2013 86.73/78.94 98.96/Not Reported 80.90/77.85


Chart: Part 1 Examination - Applied Basic Science

Chart: Part 2 Examination - Patient Assessment and Management

Chart: Part 3 Examination - Clinical Skills Examination