Traditional Program - Curriculum Overview

The Traditional Doctor of Optometry degree program curriculum is organized into various tracks of didactic and clinical knowledge. These tracks represent an integrated sequence of the knowledge, skills, and values that students are expected to acquire in to order to demonstrate entry-to-practice competencies. The academic year is divided into three terms: fall semester (August – December); spring semester (January – May); and summer semester (May – August).

The credit unit is equal to one semester hour. 
 
 
 
First Year - Fall Semester
Course Number                   Course Title                                                                                   Credits 
PCO-OPT-7030 AB Health Care, Professionalism, and Diversity 2.00
PCO-OPT-7101 AB Biochemistry and Genetics 1.50
PCO-OPT-7103 AB Systematic Pathology and Physiology 2.00
PCO-OPT-7105 AA General Anatomy and Histology 1.00
PCO-OPT-7106 AA Ocular Anatomy and Histology 2.50
PCO-OPT-7400-AB Head and Neck Anatomy with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-OPT-7503-AA Opthalmic Optics with Laboratory 1 1.00
PCO-OPT-7505-AA Geometric Optics with Laboratory 1 1.50
PCO-OPT-7701-AB Interprofessional Evidence Based Practice 1.00
PCO-OPT-8630-AB Clinical Skills 1 2.00
PCO-OPT-8640 AB Patient Care 1 0.50
  Total 17.50
First Year - Spring Semester
Course Number                           Course Title                                                                           Credits 
PCO-OPT-7130-AB Systematic Pharmacology 2.00
PCO-OPT-7405-AA Neuroanatomy with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-OPT-7406-AA Ocular Physiology and Biochemistry 2.00
PCO-OPT-7407-AA Systematic Immunology and Microbiology 1.00
PCO-OPT-7408-AA Public Health Optometry and Research Methods 1.50
PCO-OPT-7504-AA Opthalmic Optics with Laboratory 2 1.50
PCO-OPT-7506-AA Geometric Optics with Laboratory 2 1.50
PCO-OPT-7600-AA Vision Science and Perception 1 with Laboratory 1.00
PCO-OPT-8631-AB Clinical Skills 2 3.50
PCO-OPT-8641-AB Patient Care 2 0.50
  Total 17.00
  First Year Total 34.50
Second Year - Summer Semester 
Course Number                        Course Title                                                                               Credits
PCO-OPT-7131-AB Systemic Pharmacology 2 1.00
PCO-OPT-7340-AB Anterior Segment Disease 1  1.50
POC-OPT-7409-AA Neurologic Examination and Imaging with Laboratory 1.00
PCO-OPT-7410-AA Diagnostic Imaging and Technology with Laboratory 1.00
PCO-OPT-7601-AA Visual Science and Perception 2 with Laboratory 2.00
PCO-OPT-7730-AC Clinical Problem Solving 1 1.00
PCO-OPT-8632-AB Clinical Skills 3 1.50
PCO-OPT-8642-AB Patient Care 3 - Optical Clerkship 1.50
  Total 10.50
Second Year - Fall Semester 
Course Number                                    Course Title                                                                      Credits
PCO-OPT-7109-AA Ocular Immunology and Microbiology  1.00
PCO-OPT-7140-AA Ocular Pharmacology 1 1.50
PCO-OPT-7341-AB Anterior Segment Disease 2 2.50
PCO-OPT-7402-AB Ocular Motility with Laboratory 2.00
PCO-OPT-7404-AB Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease 1 with Laboratory 1.50
PCO-OPT-7500-AB Physical Optics with Laboratory 1.00
PCO-OPT-7507-AA Physiological Optics with Laboratory 1.00
PCO-OPT-7602-AA Vision Science and Perception 3 with Laboratory 1.50
PCO-OPT-7732-AB Clinical Problem Solving 2 1.00
PCO-OPT-8530-AB Contact Lens 1 - Soft Contact Lenses 1.50
PCO-OPT-8635-AB Clinical Skills 4 2.50
PCO-OPT-8643-AB Patient Care 4 1.00
  Total 18.00
Second Year - Spring Semester 
Course Number                      Course Title                                                                                    Credits
PCO-OPT-7141-AA Ocular Pharmacology 2 1.00
PCO-OPT-7232-AA Clinical Optics 1.00
PCO-OPT-7350-AC Posteior Segment Disease 1 2.50
PCO-OPT-7414-AA Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease 2 with Laboratory 1.00
PCO-OPT-7603-AA Vision Science and Perception 4 with Laboratory 1.50
PCO-OPT-7734-AB Clinical Problem Solving 3 1.00
PCO-OPT-8500-AB Pediatric and Infant Vision with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-OPT-8531-AB Contact Lens 2 - Rigid Contact Lenses 1.50
PCO-OPT-8644-AB Patient Care 5 5.50
  Total 17.50
  Second Year Total 46.00
Third Year - Summer Semester
Course Number                          Course Title                                                                              Credits
PCO-OPT-7320-AA Binocular Vision 1 with Laboratory 2.00
PCO-OPT-7342-AA Systemic Medicine and Disease 1 1.50
PCO-OPT-7351-AB Posterior Segment Disease 2 1.50
PCO-OPT-7424-AA Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease 3 1.00
PCO-OPT-7736-AA Clinical Problem Solving 4 1.00
PCO-OPT-8532-AA Contact Lens 3 - Advanced Contact Lenses 1.50
PCO-OPT-8645-AB Patient Care 6  5.00
  Total 13.50
Third Year - Fall Semester 
Course Number                                 Course Title                                                                     Credits
PCO-OPT-7300-AB Management of the Glaucomas 1.50
PCO-OPT-7301-AB Ocular Emergencies and Differential Diagnoses 1.00
PCO-OPT-7321-AA Binocular Vision 2 with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-OPT-7343-AA Systemic Medicine and Disease 2 2.50
PCO-OPT-7737-AA Clinical Problem Solving 5 1.00
PCO-OPT-8501-AB Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation with Laboratory 2.50
PCO-OPT-8636-AA Advanced Clinical Skills 1.00
PCO-OPT-8646-AB Patient Care 7 6.00
  Total 18.00
Third Year - Spring Semester 
Course Number                                     Course Title                                                                 Credits
PCO-OPT-7502-AB Environmental & Sports Vision 1.00
PCO-OPT-7508-AA Interprofessional Management of Aquired Brain Injury 2.00
PCO-OPT-7509-AA Ophthalmic Lasers and Minor Surgical Procedures 2.50
PCO-OPT-7710-AA Practice Management 1.00
PCO-OPT-8540-AA Integrated Decision Making/NBEO Prep 2.00
PCO-OPT-8647-AB Patient Care 8  2.50
PCO-OPT-8800-AB Third Year Externship 5.50
  Total 16.50
  Third Year Total 48.00
Fourth Year 
Course Number                                         Course Title                                                             Credits
PCO-OPT-8801-AB Externship 1 9.50
PCO-OPT-8802-AB Externship 2 9.50
PCO-OPT-8803-AB Externship 3 9.50
PCO-OPT-8804-AB Externship 4 9.50
  Four Year Total 38.00
  Program Total 166.50