Accelerated Scholars Program - Curriculum Overview

The Accelerated Scholars Program Doctor of Optometry degree curriculum contains equivalent curricular components to the traditional program. The courses represent an integrated sequence of the knowledge, skills and values expected to acquire entry-to-practice competencies. The course of study summarizes the sequencing of the courses across the year round, 36-month program.
 
The academic year for the Accelerated Scholars Program is divided into four, 10- 12 week quarter terms: summer quarter (May – August, except for the first year, where the summer quarter will run from July - August); fall quarter (August – October); winter quarter (November – February); and spring quarter (February – April).
 
If interested in more detailed information, please contact an admissions counselor at 800.824.6262 or Dr. Elizabeth Tonkery, associate dean of the Accelerated Scholars Program at 215.780.1466.

The credit unit is equal to one semester hour. 
 

First Year - Summer Session 2 1D
Course Number                Course Title                                                                                       Credits 
PCO-ODS-7002-AA Healthcare, Professionalism, and Diversity 2.00
PCO-ODS-7610-AA Genetics and Biochemistry 2.50
PCO-ODS-7611-AA Histology and Pathology 1.00
PCO-ODS-7630-AB Integrated Decision Making 1 1.00
PCO-ODS-7650-AB Optics 1 1.50
PCO-ODS-8630-AB Clinical Skills 1 1.00
PCO-ODS-8640-AC Patient Care 1 1.00
  Total 10.00 
First Year - Fall Quarter 2R
Course Number                       Course Title                                                                               Credits
PCO-ODS-7040-AB Pharmacology 1 1.00
PCO-ODS-7242-AA Systemic Pathology 1 1.50
PCO-ODS-7244-AA Public Health Optometry and Research Methods 1.50
PCO-ODS-7330-AA Ocular Biology 1 2.50
PCO-ODS-7400-AB Head and Neck Anatomy 2.00
PCO-ODS-7609-AB Physiology 1.00
PCO-ODS-7631-AC Integrated Decision Making 2 1.00
PCO-ODS-7651-AB Optics 2 2.50
 
PCO-ODS-8631-AA Clinical Skills 2 2.00
PCO-ODS-8641-AB Patient Care 2 2.00
  Total 17.00 
First Year - Winter Quarter 3R
Course Number                                  Course Title                                                                   Credits
PCO-ODS-7041-AB Pharmacology 2 1.00
PCO-ODS-7243-AA Systemic Pathology 2 2.00
PCO-ODS-7331-AB Ocular Biology 2 2.50
PCO-ODS-7608-AC Systemic Microbiology and Immunology 2.00
PCO-ODS-7632-AB Integrated Decision Making 3 1.50
PCO-ODS-7640-AA Neuroscience 1 0.50
PCO-ODS-7652-AB Optics 3 3.00
PCO-ODS-8632-AB Clinical Skills 3 2.00
PCO-ODS-8642-AB Patient Care 3 2.00
  Total 16.50
First Year - Spring Quarter 4R
Course Number                                    Course Title                                                                Credits
PCO-ODS-7042-AB Pharmacology 3 2.00
PCO-ODS-7402-AA Ocular Motility 2.00
PCO-ODS-7633-AC Integrated Decision Making 4 1.00
PCO-ODS-7641-AA Neuroscience 2 2.00
PCO-ODS-7653-AB Optics 4 2.50
PCO-ODS-8530-AB Contact Lens 1 1.50
PCO-ODS-8633-AB Clinical Skills 4 2.50
PCO-ODS-8643-AC Patient Care 4 3.50
  Total 17.00
  First Year Total 60.50
Second Year - Summer Quarter 1R 
Course Number                               Course Title                                                                Credits 
PCO-ODS-7020-AA Systemic Medicine and Disease 1 1.50
PCO-ODS-7030-AB Anterior Segment Disease 1 2.00
PCO-ODS-7600-AB Ocular Pharmacology 2.00
PCO-ODS-7605-AA Glaucoma Management 1.00
PCO-ODS-7634-AB Integrated Decision Making 5 1.00
PCO-ODS-8501-AC Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation w/ Laboratory 2.50
PCO-ODS-8531-AB Contact Lens 2 with Laboratory 2.00
PCO-ODS-8644-AB Patient Care 5 4.50
  Total 16.50
Second Year - Fall Quarter 2R
Course Number                            Course Title                                                                  Credits
PCO-ODS-7021-AA Systemic Medicine and Disease 2 1.50
PCO-ODS-7031-AB Anterior Segment Disease 2 2.00
PCO-ODS-7350-AB Posterior Segment Disease 1 1.50
PCO-ODS-7410-AA Vision Science and Perception 1 with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-ODS-7440-AB Binocular Vision 1 with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-ODS-7635-AB Integrated Decision Making 6 1.50
PCO-ODS-7642-AA Neurologic Examination and Imaging w/ Laboratory 1.00
PCO-ODS-8645-AC Patient Care 6 4.00
  Total 16.50
Second Year - Winter Quarter 3R
Course Number                     Course Title                                                                      Credits 
PCO-ODS-7301-AC Ocular Emergencies and Differential Diagnoses 1.00
PCO-ODS-7351-AB Posterior Segment Disease 2 1.50
PCO-ODS-7411-AA Vision Science and Perception 2 with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-ODS-7441-AB Binocular Vision 2 with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-ODS-7451-AC Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders 3.00
PCO-ODS-7636-AC Integrated Decision Making 7 1.50
PCO-ODS-8646-AC Patient Care 7 4.00
  Total 16.00
Second Year - Spring Quarter 4R
Course Number                   Course Title                                                                        Credits
PCO-ODS-7100-AB Environmental Optometry and Sports Vision 1.00
PCO-ODS-7612-AA Ophthalmic Lasers & Minor Surgical Procedures 2.50
PCO-ODS-7637-AC Integrated Decision Making 8 1.00
PCO-ODS-8500-AB Pediatric and Infant Vision with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-ODS-8502-AA Interprofessional Mgmt of Acquired Brain Injury 2.00
PCO-ODS-8532-AC Contact Lens 3 with Laboratory 1.00
PCO-ODS-8647-AC Patient Care 8 4.00
  Total 14.00
  Second Year Total 63.00
Third Year 
Course Number                   Course Title                                                                       Credits
Summer Quarter 1R
PCO-ODS-8830-AB
Patient Care - Externship 1 10.00
 
Fall Quarter 2R
PCO-ODS-8831-AB
 
Patient Care - Externship 2 10.00
 
Winter Quater 3R
PCO-ODS-8832-AB
 
Patient Care - Externship 3 10.00
Spring Quarter 4R Patient Care - Externship 4 10.00
  Third Year Total 40.00
Fourth Year 
Course Number                     Course Title                                                                      Credits
PCO-ODS-8834-AA Practice Management 1.50
PCO-ODS-9002-AB Elective Research Project 1.50
  Fourth Year Total 3.00
  Scholars Program Total 166.50
  Traditional Program Total 166.50
  Difference between Traditional & Scholars 0.00