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Externship Site List

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry requires that students complete formal, hands-on training at approved clinical sites and practices during their fourth year of study. The year is divided into quarters, two of which must be completed at the University's health centers throughout South Florida. During these rotations, students are exposed to primary care optometry, pediatrics and vision therapy, cornea and contact lens practice, geriatrics, and low vision rehabilitation. Students must also complete an external rotation in the area of ocular disease management.

Finally, each must complete one "elective" rotation at any approved site of their choice -- this may be a specialty optometric practice, a multidisciplinary eye or health care center, or any of the aforementioned services at the University (space permitting).

Please Note: Information below is subject to change without notice. Every attempt will be made to keep the information up-to-date.

* Does not specialize in Ocular Disease.

List of NSU Externship Sites
externship sitelocationstudents per rotation
Aker-Kasten Eye Center Boca Raton, FL 3
Aran Eye Associates North Miami Beach, FL 5
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Miami, FL 3 (6 month rotation)
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the Palm Beaches
Not Available Effective May 2016
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 2
Braverman Eye Center Hallandale, FL 3
Brevard Eye Center Melbourne, FL 1
Center for Sight Pensacola, FL 1
Clayton Eye Center Morrow, GA 2
Coastal Vision Center * Fernandina Bch, FL 1
Commonwealth Eye Surgery Lexington, KY 1
CorrectVision Laser Institute Pembroke Pines, Fl 1
Child & Family Optometry * Wichita, KS 1
Draisin Vision Group * Charleston, SC 1
Robert M. Easton, Jr, OD, FAAO, PA * Oakland Park, FL 1
Envision Eye Center * Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1
Eye Centers of South Florida North Miami Beach, FL 5
Filutowski Eye Institute Lake Mary, FL 1
Ft. Lauderdale Eye Institute Sunrise, FL 3
Drs. Heiden & Heiden, PA * Hollywood, FL 1
Indian Health Services Multiple Sites Multiple
Katzen Eye Group Towson, MD 1
Lasik Pro Orlando, FL 1
MacDill Air Force Base * Tampa, FL 1
Manatee County Rural Health Services, Inc. * Bradenton, FL 2 (students per quarter)
The Eye Institute Melbourne, FL 1
Omni Eye Services Atlanta, GA 1
Ophthalmology Consultants and The Center for LASIK Margate, FL 1
Richard E. Sorkin, OD, PA * St. Petersburg, FL 1
Shanghai Eye & ENT Hospital Shanghai, China 2-4
South Florida Laser Eye Center Plantation, FL 1
South Florida Vision * Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2 per location
The Center for Better Vision * Boca Raton, FL 2
The Eye Center of Drs. Davis & Nguyen * Pembroke Pines, FL 2
Tianjin Eye Hospital Tianjin, China 2-4
Vision America of Birmingham Birmingham, AL 1
Vision Unlimited * Coral Gables, FL 1
Walter Reed Military Medical Center at Bethesda * Bethesda, MD 1

NSU Externship Programs at VA Medical Centers

List of NSU Externship Programs at VA Medical Centers
externship sitelocationstudents per rotation
VA Medical Center in Bay Pines Bay Pines, FL 1 (6 month rotation encouraged)
VA Medical Center in Charleston Charleston, SC   1 (6 month rotation required)
VA Medical Center in Columbia Columbia, SC 1-3 (competes w/other colleges; 6 month rotation encouraged)
VA Medical Center in Erie Erie, PA 1 1
VA Medical Center in Gainesville Gainsville, FL 2
VA Medical Center in Lake City Lake City, FL 1
VA Medical Center in Miami Miami, FL 1
VA Medical Center in Orlando Orlando, FL 2
VA Medical Center in Salisbury Salisbury, NC Depends on availability
VA Medical Center in the Villages The Villages, FL 1
VA Medical Center in Wilmington Wilmington, DE 1 (6 month rotation encouraged)