NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

College of Optometry 239 2. meet all admissions requirements to NSU College of Optometry, which include submitting official transcripts of all college courses taken, NBEO scores (if taken), and letters of evaluation 3. be in good standing at the transferring institution as documented by a letter from the dean of the transferring institution 4. s upply a written statement outlining reasons for request for transfer 5. complete a personal interview Upon approval of a transfer request, the students will be notified inwriting of their standing at NSU and the requirements that they must complete. Before being permitted to enter clinical rotations at NSU, the transferring student will have to complete and pass the preclinical proficiency examination administered by NSU’s College of Optometry. Decisions on transfer applications are made by the dean’s office. The decision will be based on factors that include, but are not limited to, academic record, circumstances leading to the transfer request, available space, and admissions standards. NSU’s College of Optometry will evaluate such credit and grant that which is appropriate. Send documentation to Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services College of Optometry, Office of Admissions 3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905 Promotion, Suspension, Dismissal, and Readmission The policies for promotion, suspension, dismissal, and readmission are outlined in the College of Optometry Student Handbook, which is revised, updated, and distributed annually to all optometry students. Requirements for Graduation In order to be eligible for the degree of Doctor of Optometry, each student shall 1. have satisfactorily completed the programof study required for the degree, including all assignments, as outlined in this catalog, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. 2. have satisfactorily met all financial and library obligations 3. h ave passed Part I and taken Part II of the National Board Examination (international students can be exempted from taking Part II by the dean of student affairs or her designee), documented by sending a copy of test scores, certified by the NBEO, to the dean or her designee* 4. have obtained a baccalaureate degree** 5. a ttend, in person, the commencement program, at which time the degree is conferred * Students from foreign countries must sign a formal petition to be released from taking the NBEO examinations by the start of the third year, winter term. ** Upon the successful completion of the second year of optometric study, the College of Optometry may award a baccalaureate degree to those students who do not possess a baccalaureate degree, and who have completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate work. The college reserves the right, and the student, by his or her act of matriculation, concedes to the college the right to require withdrawal at any time the college deems it necessary to safeguard its standards of scholarship, professional behavior, and compliance with regulations or for other reasons as are reasonably appropriate. Course of Study NSU’s Doctor of Optometry degree is awarded after successful completion of four years of professional study. The didactic focus of the first two years is in the basic sciences, including biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, optics, and the vision sciences. Some basic science content is taught in combined classes with other health care students. Concurrently, students initiate the study of general optometric theory and methods; general pathology; and the diagnosis, treatment, and management of binocular vision anomalies and ocular disease in preparation for direct patient care in our primary care clinic. In the third academic year, students study contact lenses, pediatric, geriatric, and rehabilitative optometry and develop a deeper understanding and ability to diagnose, treat, and manage increasingly complex conditions concerning anomalies of vision development and ocular disease. Students also continue their clinical training in the Primary Care clinic by providing direct patient eye care, which begins in the summer of their second year. The fourth year of the academic program is entirely clinical with intensive training in university-based or affiliated primary, secondary, and tertiary care facilities. These include clinics dealing with contact lenses, pediatrics, binocular vision, low vision, and geriatric issues. Students also receive training in medical/surgical tertiary care settings. By the completion of the program, our students have been trained to be optometric physicians capable of providing quality eye care.

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