If you are confused about whether to apply to the Traditional program versus the Accelerated Scholars program in the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry, check out our infographic for a helpful side by side comparison. The Doctor of Optometry Accelerated Scholars Program provides students an equivalent curriculum to students in the Traditional Doctor of Optometry Program. Both programs offer the same academic courses and teach all critical material necessary for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) and for careers in the optometric profession. The different scheduling system, unique methods of course delivery and the three-year continuous curriculum allow students to more rapidly acquire basic clinical skills and to become more quickly immersed in patient care. The Accelerated Scholars program saves students nearly a years’ worth of tuition and has a significantly smaller class size thus increasing the faculty to student ratio. While the application process is separate for Accelerated Scholars, you can indicate in OptomCAS if you would like to apply to one program or to both. We encourage students with questions about either program contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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