Nova Southeastern University | 7 EXTENDED (FIVE-YEAR) DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY DEGREE NSU’s College of Optometry has established an extended program leading to the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. Students in the extended program take courses with the traditional program students, but with a reduced course load. The extended program is designed for individuals who are returning to school after an absence; are changing professional fields; or who require a lighter course load initially because of family, personal health, or other obligations. Didactic Period (first two years) Coursework covered in the first two years of the traditional program is covered over three years in the extended program. Hybrid Period/Clinical Years (third, fourth, and fifth academic years) The last two years of both programs are identical and taken concurrently. The curriculum and graduation requirements for the extended and full-time programs are the same. Enrollment for the extended program is limited. The dean of the College of Optometry will make the final determination on eligibility for the extended program. ACCREDITATIONS The College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association (243 North Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri; telephone number: 800-365-2219) and is a member of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctoral, and professional degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University may be directed, in writing, to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). NONDISCRIMINATION Consistent with all federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and/or local ordinances (e.g., Title VII, Title VI, Title III, Title II, Rehab Act, ADA, Title IX, and the Florida Civil Rights Act), it is the policy of Nova Southeastern University not to engage in any discrimination or harassment against any individuals because of race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy status, national or ethnic origin, nondisqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or political beliefs or affiliations, and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. Any such acts are unacceptable and strictly prohibited by the university. In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in any investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions; enrollment; scholarships; loan programs; athletics; employment; and access to, participation in, and treatment in all university centers, programs, and activities. NSU admits students of any race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy status, national or ethnic origin, nondisqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, military service, veteran status, or political beliefs or affiliations, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at NSU, and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other schooladministered programs.