A student who has earned a bachelor's degree, satisfactorily completed the full four years of the professional optometry curriculum, and met any special requirements set by the dean, shall be eligible to receive the Doctor of Optometry degree.
In order to be eligible for admission to the Professional Program in Optometry Education, a student must meet the following criteria and standards:
Applications for admission from all qualified candidates are considered without regard to age, sex, race or national origin.
Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to starting the professional program are given strong preference for admission.
The successful completion of the optometry curriculum, as well as the practice of optometry, requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of skills and professional attitudes and behavior. Successful completion of the program requires manual dexterity, adequate visual functions, eye-hand coordination, and the ability to communicate effectively. Consequently, the applicant must be able to perform finely coordinated visual-motor procedures on patients using appropriate or sufficiently acceptable instrumentation under various levels of illumination and to communicate effectively with patients. Course and clinical requirements of the curriculum are applicable to all students and cannot be waived.
A student who satisfactorily completes the first two years of the four-year professional optometry program, who has met the basic admission standards of the College of Optometry, and satisfied the general education requirements as listed in the NSU Catalog, shall be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Vision Science.