Mission, Goals & Objectives

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

Curriculum & Course Catalog

The Doctor of Optometry degree 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.

NSUOCO by the Numbers

NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry administration continually reviews assessment data and submits a student learning outcomes assessment report to the University annually. Assessment reports, NBEO board exam passage rates and graduation and attrition rates are available here.



Few decisions in life have greater impact than choosing where and how to pursue your educational goals. The Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO) is recognized as one of the nation's leading institutions in the education of optometric physicians. Progressive development of courses in basic and clinical sciences provides the foundation for students to attain quality education in primary eye care.

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.

Setting the standard of excellence in education is NSUOCO's goal, and Northeastern State University (NSU) combines the richness of tradition with up-to-date technology. Founded in 1846 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary, the institution was designated Northeastern State Normal School by the Oklahoma state legislature in 1909. During the past century, Northeastern has continued to grow in number of students, facilities, scope of programs, and quality of faculty and staff. The 200-acre campus began with stately Seminary Hall as its centerpiece, and has expanded over the years. The Optometry school is located in the original Bureau of Indian Affairs Hospital built in 1936.

NSUOCO meets the challenge of providing excellence in optometric education by combining the highest quality faculty with the recruitment of highly qualified students. Faculty and staff are dedicated to student achievement and success, from the process of applying for admission to the thrill of graduation day. NSUOCO's commitment goes even further, providing post-graduate education through residency training and continuing optometric education. In addition, the NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry serves the optometric profession and the public as a clinical referral center.

NSU's beautiful campus is located in Tahlequah, less than an hour southeast of Tulsa. Students enjoy festivals and cultural events year-round, and with the Illinois River and Lake Tenkiller nearby, the area has plenty of outdoor attractions. Make NSUOCO part of your future and share in the pride of a career in optometry.