Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

Traditional Program

Curriculum Overview

The Traditional Doctor of Optometry degree program curriculum is organized into ten educational modules. The modules 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 curriculum overview graphic below summarizes the sequencing of the modules across the four-year program. The academic year is divided into three terms: fall semester (August – December); spring semester (January – May); and summer semester (May – August).

The following is a brief outline of each year's program.
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Molecular &
Cellular Processes
(Module 1)


Integrative Ocular &
Systemic Disease
(Module 3)
Integrative Organ Systems & Disease (Module 2)
Integrative Organ
Systems & Disease
(Module 2)
Clinical Externships
(Module 8)
Integrative Ocular & Systemic Disease
(Module 3)
Integrative Neuro-Visual Sciences (Module 4)
Optometric Principles & Management of Vision Problems (Module 5)
Principles & Practice of Optometric Medicine (Module 6)
Integrative Approaches to Clinical Problem Solving (Module 7)
Electives (Module 9)
Strategies for Personal & Professional Development (Module 10)

Updated 07.29.2014