NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

238 College of Optometry Behavioral and Social Attributes Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the ability to take responsibility for their own actions with respect to policies, protocols, and process with faculty and staff members, students, patients, patient surrogates, and administration during the student’s educational program; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with the patients. Candidates and students must be able to physically tolerate taxing workloads, to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, diversity, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and education process. ASCO Functional Guidelines The ability to meet these guidelines, along with other criteria established by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, is necessary for graduation from an optometric professional program. Visit https://www.optomcas.org /overview/asco-functional-guidelines for more information. Tuition and Fees • Tuition for 2021–2022 (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) will be posted on our website (optometry.nova.edu/od/admissions/expenses.html). An Optometry General Access Fee of $145 is required each year. An NSU Student Services Fee of $1,500 is also required annually. • Eligible students must request in-state tuition on their application. For tuition purposes, a student’s Florida residency status (in-state or out-of-state) will be determined at initial matriculation and will remain the same throughout the entire enrollment of the student at NSU. Accordingly, tuition will not be adjusted as a result of any change in residency status after initial enrollment registration. • Acceptance Fee is $250. This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant’s place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the first tuition payment, but is not refundable in case of withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of the applicant’s acceptance. • Deposit is $1,000, due April 15, under the same terms as the acceptance fee. • College Laboratory/Equipment Fee is $150 per year, due at time of registration. • Registration Fee is $30 per semester, due at time of registration. The financial ability of applicants to complete their training is important because of the limited number of positions available. Applicants should have specific plans for financing four years of professional education. This should include provision for tuition, living expenses, books and equipment, travel, and miscellaneous expenses. Financial Aid The function of the Student Financial Assistance Program at Nova Southeastern University is to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their optometric education. Various loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students to help ease the high cost of an optometric education. These financial assistance programs are described in a variety of separate university publications. Undergraduate/O.D. Dual Admission Program Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division has established a dual admission programwith NSU’s Halmos College of Arts and Sciences for a select number of highly motivated, qualified students interested in pursuing both undergraduate and professional studies in optometry. This allows students to receive their doctoral degree in optometry in seven years. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and achieve acceptable scores on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Students will spend three years in the undergraduate school and will be awarded a B.S. degree from the Halmos College upon completion of the first year of professional education at NSU’s College of Optometry. Students will receive the O.D. (Doctor of Optometry) degree after four years of training at NSU’s College of Optometry. For information and requirements, please contact Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Office of Admissions 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796 Transfer Students Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in one optometric college seeks to transfer to another institution. Any individual wishing to transfer to Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry must meet the following criteria. The applicant must 1. s ubmit an online application and a $50, nonrefundable application fee to NSU’s College of Optometry Office of Admissions by April 1

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