OPTOMETRY NSU’s College of Optometry Health Professions Division | Students Entering 2023 Now Accepting Applications nova.edu
NSU optometry students provided eye care to nearly 400 individuals during an interdisciplinary medical outreach trip to Nicaragua.
Nova Southeastern University | 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Message from the Dean ���������������������������������������������������� 2 NSU College of Optometry ���������������������������������������������� 3 College of Optometry Overview ������������������������������������ 4 Course of Study ������������������������������������������������������������������ 6 Curriculum Outline—Traditional Program �������������������� 8 Transfer Students ���������������������������������������������������������������� 11 International Coursework and Dual Admission ��������� 13 Student Organizations �����������������������������������������������������14 Admissions Requirements ����������������������������������������������� 18 Application Procedures ���������������������������������������������������19 Student Life and Housing ���������������������������������������������� 22 Tuition and Fees ���������������������������������������������������������������� 23 Expenses and Financial Aid ������������������������������������������24 Health Professions Division Overview ������������������������26 Health Professions Division Fast Facts ������������������������ 27 Campus Maps ��������������������������������������������������������������������28 NSU’s HPD Degree Programs ���������������������������������������� 32 NSU Recognitions ������������������������������������������������������������36 THE NSU EDGE • low student-to-faculty ratio • advanced patient simulation technology • extensive resources • clinical experience • opportunities to aid urban and rural underserved populations • interprofessional service-learning • faculty and staff members who care about your success • commitment to developing students of academic and clinical distinction • track record for nurturing patient-focused leaders Photos showing unmasked individuals were taken prior to February 2020 or following the latest CDC-approved COVID-19 protocols.
2 | Optometry MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN The Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (NSUCO) has a tradition of graduating leaders in the profession since our first entering class in 1989. This is supported by our mission to prepare, educate, and train optometric physicians to practice at the highest level of proficiency, integrity, and professionalism and to provide a multidisciplinary environment that encourages scholarly activity, service, and lifelong learning. Our faculty members are recognized as leaders in the profession and experts in their specialty areas. They provide continuing education to practitioners all over the world. They have a passion for teaching and train our graduates to be superior optometric physicians. NSUCO is rooted in NSU’s Health Professions Division, reflecting the interprofessional collaboration in health care that promotes the highest quality of care. Our facilities and state-of-the-art equipment enhance learning and clinical experiences. Clinical training occurs at the five locations of The Eye Care Institute at NSU, in addition to externship clinical sites in Florida and throughout the country. You will be trained in primary care, all specialty areas of optometry, and advanced procedures. The optometric profession offers many opportunities for careers in private practice, group practice, corporate practice, medical settings, military or Veterans Administration sites, and academia. Our program will prepare you for all modes of practice, anywhere in the United States or Canada, while helping you achieve your professional goals. We are proud of the high-quality instruction and clinical experience our program provides to assist you on your educational journey to becoming an optometric physician. Our objective is your success, and we are committed to supporting a collaborative and inclusive learning environment. We value the advantages that diversity and inclusion bring to both the educational and clinical experiences of our students and our faculty members. NSUCO’s primary goal is to prepare and graduate excellent doctors of optometry who will treat their patients with compassion and uphold the highest standards, ethics, and ideals of the profession. As you learn more about our college, students, faculty members, and facilities, you will discover the special things that make the NSU College of Optometry stand out above the rest. I encourage you to apply to our program and become part of the NSUCO family! Linda S. Rouse, O.D., M.B.A., FAAO Dean, College of Optometry
Nova Southeastern University | 3 NSU COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY VISION Through excellence and innovations in teaching, research, service, and learning, Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry strives to be recognized by accrediting agencies, the academic and optometric communities, and the general public as a premier college of optometry of quality and distinction that engages all students and produces alumni who serve with integrity in their lives, professional organizations, and optometric careers. PURPOSE To prepare, educate, and train optometric physicians to practice at the highest level of proficiency, integrity, and professionalism, and to provide a multidisciplinary environment that encourages and supports scholarship, community service, and lifelong learning. Goal 1— Students will graduate from the program with the necessary skills and knowledge to practice optometry. Goal 2—Students and faculty members will participate in scholarly activities. Goal 3— Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry will assist optometrists in their ongoing pursuit to improve their skills and knowledge base. Goal 4— Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry will contribute, through education and service, to the greater communities in which our faculty members, students, and graduates participate.
4 | Optometry COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY OVERVIEW DEGREES • Doctor of Optometry • Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research What makes NSU’s College of Optometry so special? Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry is the only optometric academic institution in the state of Florida. Students can enjoy South Florida’s renowned weather, beaches, and other attractions and participate in the college’s numerous student organizations while receiving strong didactic and clinical training that will thoroughly prepare them for their professional careers. INTERPROFESSIONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT • safe, green campus in beautiful greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida • new clinical optometric procedures laboratory with simulation lab • multidisciplinary learning environment fostering respect and cooperation among the health professions ■ community service and volunteer opportunities with students from other health care disciplines ■ integrated and multidisciplinary clinical facilities • one of Florida’s largest library/resource centers with multimedia and electronic facilities, a performing arts theater, and more • culturally and geographically diverse student populations • annual international medical outreach trips providing rewarding clinical experiences
Nova Southeastern University | 5 FACULTY/CURRICULUM • iPads and advanced technology used in the classroom and laboratories • knowledgeable faculty members, with experts in every optometric specialty • clinical student/faculty member ratio of less than four to one • externship program options include six-month, off-campus rotations at more than 60 sites • unique programs, including ■ Extended (five-year) Program ■ POP (Preparatory Optometry Program) RESEARCH AND POSTGRADUATE STUDIES • numerous applied clinical research opportunities • concurrent and postgraduate learning opportunities, including ■ M.P.H. or M.B.A. ■ unique optometric residencies • online Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research degree available (visit optometry.nova.edu/cvr for more information) • additional master’s degree-level programs available with flexible schedules in online and traditional formats • optometric residencies in specialties such as ■ ocular disease ■ pediatrics and binocular vision ■ cornea and contact lenses ■ geriatrics and low vision rehabilitation THE EYE CARE INSTITUTE • clinic locations include Lighthouse of Broward • clinical experiences in all optometric specialties, including ■ contact lenses ■ diabetes and macular disease ■ dry eye ■ electrodiagnostics ■ glaucoma ■ myopia control ■ pediatrics/binocular vision ■ sports vision ■ vision rehabilitation • state-of-the-art clinical facilities ■ that see more than 35,000 patient visits per year ■ where most sites are affiliated with medical services ■ that boast fully integrated electronic medical records for all clinics
6 | Optometry COURSE OF STUDY TRADITIONAL PROGRAM NSU’s Doctor of Optometry is a postgraduate degree awarded after successful completion of four years of professional study. There are three parts to the program. Didactic Period (first year) • The first year of the professional program consists of basic medical sciences, including microbiology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, optics, and the vision sciences. • In preparation for the direct patient care in our primary care clinics, which begins during the second-year winter term, students start the study of optometric theory and methods; general pathology; and diagnosis, treatment, and pharmacological management of diseases and disorders of the visual system. Hybrid Period (second and third academic years) • Students provide supervised, direct patient care in our Eye Care Institute clinics. • Studies include clinical medicine; contact lenses; and pediatric, geriatric, and rehabilitative optometry. • Students develop a deeper understanding and ability to diagnose, treat, and manage increasingly complex ocular and systemic conditions. Clinical Year (fourth academic year) • Program is entirely clinical, with intensive training in the affiliated college sites within The Eye Care Institute and external primary, specialty, and medical/surgical care facilities. • Students are trained by completion of the fourth academic year to be optometric physicians capable of providing quality eye care to a wide range of patients. Did You Know? While more than 90 percent of entering students enter the program with a Bachelor of Science degree, a few exceptional candidates may be offered the opportunity to enter with a minimum of 90 semester hours. A B.S. in Vision Science will be conferred upon completion of required coursework at the end of the second year.
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.
8 | Optometry First Year—Fall Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPTC 1134 Gross Anatomy/Anatomy of the Head and Neck OPT 1323 Microbiology OPT 1446 Integrated Optics I OPTL 1446 Integrated Optics I Laboratory OPT 1724 Optometric Theory and Methods I OPTL 1724 Optometric Theory and Methods I Laboratory OPT 1831 Contemporary Issues in Optometry OPT 1888 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology First Year—Winter Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPTC 2023 General Neuroanatomy OPTC 2144 General Physiology OPT 2346 Vision Science I OPT 2446 Integrated Optics II OPTL 2446 Integrated Optics II Laboratory OPT 2522 Visual Neurophysiology OPT 2724 Optometric Theory and Methods II OPT 2724L Optometric Theory and Methods II Laboratory OPT 2899 Integrative Course Seminar I First Year—Summer Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPT 2999 Integrative Course Seminar II OPT 3021 Optometric SIM Laboratory OPT 3242 Principles of General Pharmacology OPT 3346 Vision Science II OPT 3446 Integrated Optics III OPTL 3446 Integrated Optics III Laboratory OPT 3624 Optometric Theory and Methods III OPTL 3624 Optometric Theory and Methods III Laboratory OPT 4811 Epidemiology Second Year—Fall Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPTC 3033 General Pathology OPT 3534 Ocular Disease of the Anterior Segment: Diagnosis and Pharmacological Management OPT 3899 Clinical Reasoning and Case Analysis I OPT 4122 Ocular Pharmacology OPT 4242 Systemic Pharmacology OPT 4322 Introduction to Binocular Vision OPT 4446 Integrated Optics IV OPTL 4446 Integrated Optics IV Laboratory OPT 4524 Optometric Theory and Methods IV OPTL 4534 Optometric Theory and Methods IV Laboratory CURRICULUM OUTLINE • TRADITIONAL PROGRAM
Nova Southeastern University | 9 Second Year—Winter Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPT 4244 Systemic Pharmacology II OPT 4433 Abnormal Binocular Vision I OPTL 4433 Abnormal Binocular Vision I Laboratory OPT 4634 Diagnosis and Pharmacological Management of Posterior Segment Ocular Disease OPT 4635 Seminars in Posterior Segment Ocular Disease OPT 4636 Diagnosis, Pharmacological, and Interventional Management of Glaucoma OPT 4899 Clinical Reasoning and Case Analysis II OPT 6122 Low Vision OPTL 6122 Low Vision Laboratory OPT 7101 Introduction to Primary Care Second Year—Summer Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPT 1612 Health Systems, Economics, Policy, and Ethics OPT 4999 Clinical Reasoning and Case Analysis III OPT 5020 Anomalies of Binocular Vision 1.5 OPT 5122 Contact Lens I OPTL 5122 Contact Lens I Laboratory OPT 5322 Clinical Medicine and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease I OPT 5411 Clinical Gerontology OPT 5413 Physical Diagnosis Laboratory: Physical, Neurological, and Point-of-Care Testing OPT 7111 Primary Care Clinic I OPT 7151 Optical Services Rotation I OPT 7191, 7192, 7193, 7194, 7195 Specialty Care Clinics Third Year—Fall Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPT 4721 Nutrition in Eye Care OPT 5022 Anomalies of Binocular Vision II OPTL 5022 Anomalies of Binocular Vision II Laboratory OPT 5899 Clinical Reasoning and Case Analysis IV OPT 6122 Contact Lens II OPTL 6122 Contact Lens II Laboratory OPT 6233 Neuro-Eye Disease: Diagnostic, Medical, and Pharmacological Management OPT 6332 Clinical Medicine and Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease II OPT 6631 Pediatric Optometry and Learning-Related Vision Problems I OPT 7122 Primary Care Clinic II OPT 7161 Optical Services Rotation II OPT 7191, 7192, 7193, 7194, 7195 Specialty Care Clinics OPT 9998 Board Review
10 | Optometry Third Year—Winter Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPT 4951 Community Outreach OPT 6512 Practice Management I OPT 6633 Pediatric Optometry and Learning-Related Vision Problems II OPTL 6633 Pediatric Optometry and Learning-Related Vision Problems Laboratory OPT 6899 Clinical Reasoning and Case Analysis V OPT 7132 Primary Care Clinic III OPT 7171 Optical Services Rotation III OPT 7182 Opthalmic Lasers, Injections, and Surgical Procedures OPT 7191, 7192, 7193, 7194, 7195 Specialty Care Clinics Third Year—Summer Term COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPT 6524 Practice Management II OPT 7146 Primary Care Clinical Internship OPT 7214 Cornea and Contact Lens Internship OPT 7224 Pediatric and Binocular Vision Internship OPT 7233 Vision Rehabilitation and Geriatric Internship OPT 7308 Medical and Surgical Care Clinical Externship OPT 7408 Clinical Elective Externship Fourth Year—Fall and Winter Terms COURSE # COURSE TITLE OPT 7146 Primary Care Clinical Internship OPT 7214 Cornea and Contact Lens Internship OPT 7224 Pediatric and Binocular Vision Internship OPT 7233 Vision Rehabilitation and Geriatric Internship OPT 7308 Medical and Surgical Care Clinical Externship OPT 7408 Clinical Elective Externship EXTENDED PROGRAMS Please contact the Office of Admissions if you are interested in more information on this program. Timing of clinical externships will vary based upon student selections and clinic schedules. This curriculum represents the courses at the time of the printing of this brochure and is subject to change. CURRICULUM OUTLINE, continued
Nova Southeastern University | 11 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 NSU College of Optometry must meet the following criteria. The applicant must • make a formal application to the NSU College of Optometry Office of Admissions by May 1 • meet all admissions requirements for the college, which include submitting ■ official transcripts of all college courses taken ■ NBEO scores (if taken) ■ letters of evaluation • be in good standing at the transferring institution as documented by a letter from the dean of the transferring institution • supply a written statement outlining reasons for request for transfer • complete a personal interview Upon approval of a transfer request, students will be notified in writing of their standing at NSU and the requirements that they must complete. Before being permitted to enter clinical rotations at NSU, transferring students will have to complete and pass the clinical proficiency examination administered by the college. Decisions on transfer applications are made by the dean’s office. The decisions 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. The College of Optometry’s Transfer Credit Committee will evaluate such credit and grant that which is appropriate. Send application and documentation to Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services College of Optometry Admissions 3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905 TRANSFER STUDENTS
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Nova Southeastern University | 13 INTERNATIONAL COURSEWORK Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below. World Education Services, Inc. One Battery Park Plaza New York, NY 10004 (212) 966-6311 • 800-361-3106 • wes.org Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami, FL 33173 (305) 273-1616 • (305) 273-1338 fax email@example.com • jsilny.org Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963 (414) 289-3400 • ece.org It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official courseby-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services. DUAL ADMISSION PROGRAM A dual admission program is open to eligible high school students only. For information and requirements, contact Nova Southeastern University Undergraduate Admissions Office 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796 (954) 262-8000 INTERNATIONAL COURSEWORK AND DUAL ADMISSION
14 | Optometry STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS OPTOMETRY STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (OSGA) Highlights • official voice for all optometry students • open to all students • welcomes proposals and participation from the entire student body • has four voting representatives selected from each class (OSGA president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer are nominated from this pool of representatives.) Responsibilities • collecting and expressing student opinion • dispensing funds for student activities • acting as liaison for entire student body • promoting optometry • supporting club and class activities • working to improve the quality of life for all NSU optometry students AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC STUDENT ASSOCIATION (AOSA) Highlights • is the international, professional student organization for optometric students • consists of more than 5,000 optometry students from 23 schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rico • sponsors annual conferences that enable students to meet and gain knowledge through lectures, presentations, and exhibits BETA SIGMA KAPPA (BSK) Highlights • international optometric honor fraternity • chapters at the 23 accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada • members work jointly to promote academic and scientific excellence and high moral standards in optometry • members promote The BSK Creed to “stand for an active, sympathetic interest in public welfare, particularly for the conservation of vision, the prevention of blindness, and for using their influence to further the best standards of professional education and practice” • activities include tutoring, guest lecturers, vision screenings, fundraising events, and banquets
Nova Southeastern University | 15 CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRY STUDENTS (CAOS) Highlights • support group for all Canadian optometry students studying at NSU • provides information and awareness regarding the profession, as well as issues such as obtaining immigration papers, a U.S. driver’s license, and provincial financial aid • sometimes arranges guest speakers from Canada COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRISTS IN VISION DEVELOPMENT (COVD) Highlights • is a full-scope optometric care organization dedicated to the enhancement of vision • brings together optometric students who have demonstrated professional interest and proficiency in helping people develop and enhance scholastic achievement, vocational competence, social interaction, and emotional well-being CONTACT LENS AND CORNEA SOCIETY Highlights • disseminates information to students, faculty members, and the community about contact lenses, contact lens care, and corneal conditions related to contact lenses • strives to provide information about newest contact lenses and contact lens care systems, as well as latest contact lens-relevant corneal studies • works to engage students in participating in contact lens-related studies and research FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN OPTOMETRISTS (FCO) INTERNATIONAL Highlights • helps optometrists become established in the type of mission work that combines eye care and the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ, both in the workplace and on mission fields around the world • desires to promote andmaintain fellowship among optometrists, while creating an environment for spiritual growth FLORIDA OPTOMETRIC STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (FOSA) Highlights • serves as the student branch of the Florida Optometric Association (FOA) • exposes optometry students to networking and career opportunities • shares a mission with the FOA to ■ advance and promote the quality, availability, and accessibility of primary eye care and related health care fields to Florida’s citizens ■ represent the profession of optometry ■ enhance and promote the independent and ethical decision-making of our members ■ assist and enable optometric physicians to practice their profession, ensuring the highest standards of patient care
16 | Optometry GOLD KEY INTERNATIONAL OPTOMETRIC HONOR SOCIETY Highlights • recognized by the AOSA as the highest honor for leadership that can be achieved for an optometry student • membership through appointment only • acknowledges the few select members who are chosen each year (less than 10 percent of the optometry class) for professional and ethical attitudes through leadership and service to the class, college, and profession HONORS PROGRAM Highlights • The program is designed to encourage students to reach beyond the traditional curricular boundaries. • The Faculty Honors Committee extends invitations to participate in the program to students based upon academic achievement and professionalism. • Service, scholarship, and research experiences are all part of the honors program’s curriculum. NATIONAL OPTOMETRIC STUDENT ASSOCIATION (NOSA) Highlights • dedicated to increasing minority participation in optometry • provides service to schools and churches in minority communities through vision screenings and presentations NOVA OPTOMETRIC PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (NOPMA) Highlights • primary mission is to expose optometry students to real-world optometry, business practice planning, and career opportunities STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, continued • provides tools so members can make the best of their optometric careers, including, but not limited to, business plans, curricula vitae and résumés, start-up consulting, contract and partnership advice, insurance and billing information, optical business resources, and accounting and financial resources such as loan management and investment advice OPTOMETRIC STUDENT ASSOCIATION FOR OCULAR DISEASE (OSAOD) Highlights • designed to further interest and education in the field of optometry with specific focus and concentration in ocular disease • features speakers with extensive clinical knowledge in the area of ocular disease
Nova Southeastern University | 17 SPECTRUM, AN LGBT AND ALLIES CLUB Highlights • focuses on outreach to the LGBT community regarding importance of ocular health and routine eye exams • features guest speakers who provide information on interactions between optometry and the LGBT community • promotes an inclusive educational environment SPORTS VISION AND CONCUSSION CLUB (SVCC) Highlights • increases student awareness of this growing, and severely underserved, area • gives students tools and insight to incorporate sports vision and concussion management into their future practices VISION REHABILITATION CLUB (VRC) Highlights • focuses on low vision practices in the optometric profession • provides information and awareness regarding lowvision practices and devices • features low vision specialist speakers • helps students determine if they wish to specialize in low vision services VOLUNTEER OPTOMETRIC SERVICES TO HUMANITY (VOSH) Highlights • provides primary eye care to individuals who do not have access, either for geographical or financial reasons • targets the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, where there is an immense unmet need for eye care through medical outreach trips • provides an opportunity for community involvement and impact on people’s lives WOMEN WITH VISION Highlights • fosters an enriching environment for women in science and the optometric profession • spreads awareness about women’s health issues • motivates today’s optometry students to become future leaders
18 | Optometry ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS The College of Optometry selects students based on the candidate’s • application content • preprofessional academic performance • scores from the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) • letters of evaluation • personal interview Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (30 of which must be taken at a four-year institution) of specified coursework at a regionally accredited college or university. Only exceptional candidates for admission will be considered without a Bachelor of Science degree. Applicants should have a minimum 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The college requires students to earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each of the following required courses. For subsequent entering classes, please contact the Office of Admissions for any changes. REQUIRED COURSES Semester Hours Quarter Hours Mathematics • Calculus 3 4 Science • Physics, including laboratory 8 12 • Biology, including laboratory 8 12 • Chemistry, including laboratory 8 12 • Organic chemistry, including laboratory 4 6 • Microbiology 3 4 • Biochemistry 3 4 • Anatomy and physiology* 3 4 Psychology 3 4 Statistics 3 4 English (composition, literature, etc.) 6 9 * I f the combined course is not taken, separate courses in anatomy and physiology must be taken.
Nova Southeastern University | 19 APPLICATION PROCEDURES APPLICATION PROCESS The college participates in the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) for the receipt and processing of all applications. OptomCAS takes no part in the selection of students. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling admissions basis. Entering students are admitted to the program for the fall term only. The application for admission must be submitted electronically through an interactive, web-based application, which can be accessed at optomcas.org. Each applicant must submit • a verified application from OptomCAS (accepted between July 1 and May 1 only), which includes ■ completed OptomCAS application ■ OAT scores (no more than two years old)* ■ three letters of recommendation submitted according to the OptomCAS procedures from ◆ a science professor ◆ another professor ◆ an optometrist (Any additional letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Nova Southeastern University at firstname.lastname@example.org.) • a completed supplemental application, accessed via an emailed link sent to the applicant upon notification from OptomCAS, by May 15 • a nonrefundable fee of $50 ✔ TIP Applications received early in the application cycle will be given priority consideration, so it is in the best interest of prospective students to complete their applications early. * MCAT, PCAT, or DAT scores no more than two years old are also accepted, but not preferred.
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Nova Southeastern University | 21 OPTOMETRY ADMISSIONS TEST The Optometry Admissions Test, or an equivalent, is required of all applicants. This online test, or an equivalent, will evaluate the applicant’s knowledge of biology, general and organic chemistry, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and physics. Exams can be taken any time by making an appointment with a Prometric Testing Center. Applicants must wait 90 days before repeating the test. Test information is available at Optometry Admissions Test 211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 800-232-1694 ada.org/oat INTERVIEW PROCESS A personal interview is part of the application process; however, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission. Upon completion of the applicant’s file, a review will be made to determine if the candidate will be granted an interview. Not all applicants will be granted an interview, and only those applicants whose files are complete will be considered. The HPD Office of Admissions will notify selected applicants of the dates and times available for interviews. NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE Notice of acceptance will be on a rolling, or periodic, schedule. Early completion of the application process is in the best interest of the student. After acceptance, official, final transcripts from the registrars of all colleges and universities attended may be requested to be submitted to Nova Southeastern University. REAPPLICANTS If you are reapplying to Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, please take time to answer these additional questions. In order to fully consider your application, it will be necessary for you to submit the answers to these questions with your secondary application. • Why are you interested in reapplying to NSU’s College of Optometry? • What have you been doing since your last application to the college? • What changes in your application make you a more competitive candidate? APPLICATION PROCEDURES, continued
22 | Optometry STUDENT LIFE Student life has many possibilities in an area such as South Florida. Fabulous weather, yearround outdoor recreation, and world-famous entertainment meccas are but miles away. Additionally, excellent local shopping, schools, and other services are abundant. NSU boasts a diverse student population, representing nearly every state in the United States and many foreign countries as well as a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Moreover, our students learn in an interprofessional environment, fostering a lifelong respect for other medical disciplines while opening lines of communication. Other features of student life include an on-site student health center, wellness center, and an on-campus recreation complex. HOUSING Numerous apartments, condominiums, and other rental options are located near campus. Limited on-campus housing may also be available. More information concerning housing may be obtained by contacting Nova Southeastern University Office of Residential Life and Housing 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796 (954) 262-7052 nova.edu/housing/residents STUDENT LIFE AND HOUSING PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE Students are provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admission requirements. However, this admission includes a condition that final and official transcripts, documents, and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from matriculation. If these final and official transcripts, documents, and/or requirements are not received by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional student until the student has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Students who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $100 late fee. An offer of admissions will not be final until the completion of the background check results are deemed favorable by NSU’s Health Professions Division.
Nova Southeastern University | 23 TUITION AND FEES Tuition for 2023–2024 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 $1,800 is also required annually. All tuition and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice. Eligible students must request in-state tuition at the time of application. For tuition purposes, students’ 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—$500. 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 tuition payment due on registration day, but is nonrefundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant’s acceptance. Deposit—$500. This is due April 1, under the same terms as the acceptance fee. College Laboratory/Equipment Fee of $50 will be assessed per academic year. The first term’s tuition and fees, less the $1,000 previously paid, are due on or before the initial registration period. Tuition for each subsequent term is due at the time of registration. Students may be issued a personal identification number (NSU ID) once they have applied. It is imperative that you retain and protect your NSU ID, as it is used for access to your personal student information.
24 | Optometry EXPENSES AND FINANCIAL AID Students should anticipate spending approximately $1,500 for books and supplies and approximately $36,000 for living expenses the first year. Students should also plan on spending about $6,700 in optometric equipment costs during the first two years of the program. Students who do not own an iPad with retina display will be required to purchase one. It is required that each student carry adequate personal medical insurance. Students may avail themselves of the insurance plan obtainable through the university. The financial ability of applicants to complete their training at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing their professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. The primary financial responsibility for the students’ education rests with them and their families, but economic circumstances for some families may make it necessary for students to obtain assistance from other sources. The Office of Student Financial Assistance at Nova Southeastern University is there to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their health professions education. Various loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students to help ease the high cost of a health professions education. These financial assistance programs are described on our website (nova.edu/financialaid). For information, contact Nova Southeastern University Office of Student Financial Assistance 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796 (954) 262-3380 For general information about financial aid, call 800-806-3680. Did You Know? Opportunity for a limited number of part-time work assignments is available. However, the demands of a program of professional study limit the number of hours a student can work.
Nova Southeastern University | 25 Did You Know? Scholarships are available in varying amounts and quantities each year to highly qualified, incoming students. These awards typically include • President’s Scholarships (½- and ¼-tuition scholarships for outstanding Floridians with financial need) • Scholastic Achievement Scholarships ($2,500/year–$10,000/year scholarships for outstanding academic achievements) • Dean’s Scholarships ($4,000–$8,000 scholarships for outstanding and well-rounded incoming students) • NSUCO Alumni Chapter Scholarship (one $1,000 scholarship for an incoming student with outstanding leadership and community service)
26 | Optometry NSU’s Health Professions Division (HPD), with a student body of more than 8,000, is home to seven colleges. Located on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, it occupies a $70-million complex, covering 21 acres. The HPD includes eight buildings totaling more than 900,000 square feet of space for classrooms, laboratories, offices, the Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division Library, an outpatient health center, and a pharmaceutical care center. Several of the HPD programs are also located at our regional campuses, extending our programs and resources to various communities. They offer you the ability to complete a degree at a location that may be more convenient to your home. HEALTH PROFESSIONS DIVISION OVERVIEW
Nova Southeastern University | 27 HEALTH PROFESSIONS DIVISION FAST FACTS NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus 1 OF ONLY 3 UNIVERSITIES IN THE U.S. WITH MEDICAL SCHOOLS OFFERING BOTH D.O. and M.D. DEGREES 8,000+ STUDENTS 7 COLLEGES » Regional Campuses » Online » Dual Degrees $70-MILLION HEADQUARTERS COMPLEX IN FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, FLORIDA DR. KIRAN C. PATEL COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY DR. PALLAVI PATEL COLLEGE OF HEALTH CARE SCIENCES COLLEGE OF DENTAL MEDICINE RON AND KATHY ASSAF COLLEGE OF NURSING DR. KIRAN C. PATEL COLLEGE OF ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL CAMPUS 300,000+ sq. ft. SPECIAL LEARNING OPTIONS
28 | Optometry HEALTH PROFESSIONS DIVISION COMPLEX AND CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH (see next page for location on campus) 1 TERRY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING First Floor • Admissions • Student Financial Aid • One-Stop Shop • HPD Cafeteria Second Floor • Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences - Audiology Department - Health Sciences Department - Occupational Therapy Department - Physical Therapy Department - Physician Assistant Department Third Floor • College of Pharmacy Fourth Floor • Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine • College of Optometry Fifth Floor • HPD Administration • Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine • Public Health Program • Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing 2 ASSEMBLY BUILDING • Finkelstein Auditorium (125 seats) • Jonas Auditorium (125 seats) • Marder Auditorium (125 seats) • Melnick Auditorium (125 seats) • Resnick Auditorium (125 seats) • Terry Auditorium (125 seats) • Auditoria A and B (125 seats each) • Robert A. Steele Auditorium (500 seats) • Hull Auditorium (250 seats) • Seminar Rooms 3 LIBRARY/LABORATORY BUILDING First Floor • ACORN SEED • Medication Therapy Management • Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division Library • Patient Simulation Center Second Floor • Occupational Therapy Laboratories • Optometry Laboratories • Physical Therapy Laboratory • Student Lounge • FOMA Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Laboratory Third Floor • Basic Science Laboratories • Gross Anatomy Laboratories • Microscopy Laboratory • Research Laboratories • Moran Pharmacy Practice Laboratory • Pharmacokinetics Laboratory • Pharmaceutics Laboratory 4 PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL CARE CENTER 5 SANFORD L. ZIFF HEALTH CARE CENTER First Floor • Audiology • Family Medicine • Geriatric Medicine • Internal Medicine • Pediatrics • Pediatric Physical Therapy • Student Medical Center Second Floor • Optometry Clinics • Optometry Dispensary Third Floor • Business Offices • Employee Wellness Center • OB-GYN • Osteopathic Medicine Treatment Center 6 DENTAL MEDICINE BUILDING First Floor • Dental Urgent Care Clinic • Radiology Clinic • Student Dental Clinic • Clinic Support Laboratory • Predoctoral and Postgrad. Oral Surgery Second Floor • Faculty Practice • Simulation Lab • Postgraduate Endodontics • Postgraduate Orthodontics • Postgraduate Periodontics • Postgraduate Prosthodontics 5 4 3 2 1 8 7 6
Nova Southeastern University | 29 NSU FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE CAMPUS SW 30th Street Abe Fischler Blvd. SW 75th Avenue University Drive University Drive SW 36th Street South Perimeter Road College Avenue Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. R Mary R. McCahill Drive PARKING GARAGE ENTRANCE NORTH ENTRANCE EAST MAIN ENTRANCE SOUTH ENTRANCE MAIN ENTRANCE WEST MAIN ENTRANCE WEST ENTRANCE 37 16 17 18 35 19 45 48 20 14 14 21 24 22 23 10 43 25 11 14 14 26 27 28 31 42 29 30 12 13 38 39 40 41 33 34 44 46 47 36 51 49 50 32 15 Third Floor • Postgraduate Operative Dentistry Clinic • Research Laboratories • Seminar Rooms • Central Sterilization Area • Administrative Offices • Faculty Offices • Student Dental Supply Depot 7 HPD PARKING GARAGE 8 ASSEMBLY BUILDING II • Morris Auditorium • Computer Laboratory • Physical Assessment Laboratory • Study Rooms 9 CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH 9 1 Academical Village (Future Site) ���������������������������������10 A.D. Griffin Sports Complex with Lighted Softball Fields �������������������������������������������������� 11 Administrative Services Building ��������������������������������� 12 Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center ��������������������������������� 13 Athletics Fields ������������������������������������������������������������������� 14 Aquatics Center ��������������������������������������������������������������� 15 Campus Support Building ����������������������������������������������� 16 Carl DeSantis Building ����������������������������������������������������� 17 Center for Collaborative Research ������������������������������� 18 Cultural Living Center ������������������������������������������������������ 19 Don Taft University Center ��������������������������������������������20 Farquhar, Founders, and Vettel Apartments ������������� 21 HCA Florida University Hospital ����������������������������������� 51 Health Professions Division Complex ������������������������ 22 Hospital Parking Garage ��������������������������������������������49 HPD Annex ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 23 HPD and Health Care Center Parking Garage �������� 24 Horvitz Administration Building ���������������������������������� 25 Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village �������������������� 26 Leo Goodwin Sr. Building �����������������������������������������������27 Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall ������������������������������������������������������ 28 Library and Student Main Parking Garage �������������� 29 Mailman-Hollywood Building ����������������������������������������30 Mako Hall ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� 31 Maltz Building �������������������������������������������������������������������� 32 Medicinal and Healing Garden ������������������������������������� 33 NSU Bookstore ������������������������������������������������������������������ 34 NSU Future Expansion Space �������������������������������������� 35 NSU University School— AutoNation Center for the Arts �������������������������������� 36 NSU University School— Nöel P. Brown Sports Center �������������������������������������37 NSU University School—Lower School ���������������������� 38 NSU University School—Middle School (Dauer Building) ������������������������������������������������������������ 39 NSU University School—Upper School (Sonken Building) ��������������������������������������������������������40 Parker Building ������������������������������������������������������������������� 41 Residence Hall Parking Garage ������������������������������������ 42 Rolling Hills Graduate Apartments ������������������������������ 43 Rosenthal Student Center ����������������������������������������������44 Shark Athletics Building ������������������������������������������������45 Student Affairs Building ������������������������������������������������46 The Commons Hall ���������������������������������������������������������� 47 University Center Rec Plex Pool ����������������������������������48 West Parking Garage ������������������������������������������������������50nova.edu