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. 
 

Summer Session 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 
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 
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
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