Dr. Nicole Patterson is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, TN. She completed a Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency at Southern College of Optometry. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Patterson joined the SCO faculty as a clinical instructor. Her responsibilities were in the Low Vision Rehabilitation, Pediatric and Vision Therapy Services and as the Coordinator of Community Outreach. She joined the faculty at Nova Southeastern University in 2005 and served as the Chief of the Low Vision Rehabilitation and Geriatric Clinics until 2018.
In 2013 Dr. Patterson earned her Masters in Medical Education from Nova Southeastern University. She was appointed as the Director of Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes Assessment in 2015 and served in that role until 2018 when she assumed the position of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions.
Dr. Patterson has had various didactic teaching responsibilities. She currently teaches Contemporary Issues in Optometry. She was previously instructor of record for the Low Vision Rehabilitation Course. In addition to teaching at NSU, Dr. Patterson was an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University from 2008 – 2012 where she taught courses in the master’s in visual disabilities program. Clinically she instructs students and residents in the Low Vision Rehabilitation Service.
Dr. Patterson, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, has presented research in the areas of Low Vision Rehabilitation and Optometric Education. She has lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of Low Vision Rehabilitation, Classroom Learning Strategies for Children with Vision Loss, Down Syndrome and Associated Vision Anomalies, Student Engagement in Optometric Education, and Effective Study Strategies in Graduate Education.
Dr. Patterson is actively involved in service to her profession. She is a current site team member for the American Council on Optometric Education, a consultant for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and Lighthouse of Broward County board member. Previously she served as a volunteer to the American Optometric Association for 15 years on the Poster and CE selection Committees, as the Division of Blind Service Florida Board of Optometry Liaison and as a Florida Low Vision Initiative consultant.