NSUOCO Mission

The Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO) provides an educational program leading to the Doctor of Optometry degree, post-graduate clinical residency certification, and continuing optometric education.

Our primary mission is:
  • The education of excellent optometric physicians who, through excellence in academic and clinical instruction, are able to provide the highest quality clinical care and who emphasize an ethical and caring commitment for the welfare of patients.
  • To deliver quality clinical services to the patients served by NSUOCO.
  • To remain committed to a teaching environment conducive to excellence in education through faculty and students who are diverse, who embrace life-long learning, independent critical thinking, research and scholarly activity, and who have a desire to contribute to society through community service.


To implement our mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service, the following goals provide direction for planning, administration, and implementation of the professional program at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry:

  • Provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art educational program which supports the profession of optometry as an independent, primary health care profession
  • Provide an educational environment that challenges and motivates students to prepare themselves personally and professionally for careers as outstanding optometric physicians and citizens
  • Provide faculty of the highest caliber as teachers, clinicians, and scholars
  • Maintain standards and practices that result in the recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation of students who are highly qualified and contribute to the cultural and social diversity of the student body and profession
  • Provide optometric students with clinical experiences necessary to develop the professional competence to diagnose, treat, and manage eye and vision conditions to deliver care and services unique to the profession of optometry
  • Periodically evaluate plans for the funding of programs and the development and utilization of facilities that enable us to address both present and future needs of the professional education program
  • Maintain positive relationships with the community and region in which we are located, alumni, the optometric profession, and the public at large
  • Provide high quality continuing education programs for optometric physicians and other health care providers
  • Provide high quality post-graduate and residency programs to enhance the clinical and specialty skills of optometric physicians
  • Continue to review, assess, and periodically revise our mission statement, goals, objectives, and long-range plan