The Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree is based on the NSU Tahlequah campus. The program is four years of intensive doctoral-level training that prepares students to become effective members of a comprehensive health care team. The Optometric Physician has been trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of eye and vision problems at the primary care level. In addition, the optometrist learns to identify and assist in managing a wide variety of non-ocular systemic and physiological conditions. By working effectively with members of many other health care disciplines, Optometric Physicians play a significant role in providing for the comprehensive needs of the patients they serve.
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Doctor of Optometry

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The Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree is based on the NSU Tahlequah campus. The program is four years of intensive doctoral-level training that prepares students to become effective members of a comprehensive health care team. The Optometric Physician has been trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of eye and vision problems at the primary care level. In addition, the optometrist learns to identify and assist in managing a wide variety of non-ocular systemic and physiological conditions.

Clinical Exerience

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NSUOCO's premier clinical education provides extensive hands-on experience in patient care. The partnership with the Cherokee Nation provides state-of-the-art eye care to this under-served population. In preparing students to meet the vision care needs of the future, NSUOCO is recognized for utilizing the highest levels of new technology, including laser procedures. Annually, students, residents, and faculty experience more than 40,000 patient encounters.

Residency Program

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An optometric residency will vastly increase your clinical experience and self-confidence, as well as the scope and depth of knowledge in the emphasis areas of your choosing. There is an increasing demand for residency-trained optometrists in careers within schools and colleges of optometry, referral/surgery centers, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and more. Expand your career opportunities and marketability with post-graduate residency certification.

One of only 23 optometric training schools in the nation, the Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University prides itself on developing world-class optometrists with practical experience both in and out of the classroom, as well as post-graduate clinical residency certification and continuing optometric education. Through our partnership with the Cherokee Nation and other area entities, our students, residents, and faculty experience more than 40,000 patient encounters each year.

 

Building Excellence: A Vision for the Future

 

Four years of programming and planning have resulted in an exciting vision of an optometry complex that serves the community, students, residents and alumni. The proposed 101,500-square-foot complex will feature state-of-the-art equipment, up-to-date classroom technology, and specialized clinics for low vision, vision therapy, vision rehabilitation, primary care and contact lenses, as well as a surgical suite for Oklahoma optometry’s expanded scope of practice. The estimated construction cost of the new complex is approximately $26 million.
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