The Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) is a professional degree which requires four years of professional study. During the first year of optometry school, students concentrate on the basic biological sciences including; anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and neuroanatomy. In addition, they receive lecture, laboratory, and clinical instruction in theoretical optics and the conducting of an optometric examination.
During the second year, students study ocular physiology and psychophysics. They also begin with their first courses in ocular disease and anomalies of binocular vision. In the summer between the second and third years, students begin to examine patients in the University's Eye Care Institute. They care for adult, pediatric, and geriatric patients with all types of ocular and visual needs in the primary eye care clinic. In addition to seeing patients, third year students continue to study ocular disease, contact lenses, and clinical medicine. A two semester practice management course begins in third year with introduction to basic business and management concepts.
During the fourth year, students receive extensive training in; secondary-tertiary eye care, specialized optometric care and continued clinical education. Training emphasizes practical experience through externships, specialty clinical rotations, and clinical practice. A fourth year practice management course presents business decisions and concepts that will be necessary for success in practice.
By 2020, through excellence and innovations in teaching, research, service and learning, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry will be recognized by accrediting agencies, the academic and optometric communities, and the general public, as a premier College of Optometry, of quality and distinction that engages all students and produces alumni who serve with integrity in their lives, professional organizations, and optometric careers.
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 encourages scholarly activity, service, and lifelong learning.
Students will graduate from the program with the necessary skills and knowledge to practice optometry.
Students and faculty will participate in scholarly activities.
Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry will assist optometrists in their ongoing pursuit to improve their skills and knowledge base.
Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry will contribute through education and service to the greater communities in which our faculty, students and graduates participate.