Optometry | OD

Pacific University offers a four-year doctor of optometry program preparing tomorrow's optometrists for licensure and practice.

The curriculum consists of academic and laboratory experiences integrated with clinical work. The fourth year is entirely clinical, consisting of four full-time preceptorships.

In addition to clinical training, Pacific demonstrates its commitment to quality optometric research by offering all students an elective research thesis opportunity, encouraging and providing funds for faculty to attend scientific meetings and providing research facilities. The annual Pacific Vision Conference on campus allows practitioners, students, faculty and other researchers the opportunity to exchange findings and information.

Pacific University graduates are fully qualified to practice in any state in the nation, the curriculum far exceeding the most stringent educational requirements of any state. The curriculum also prepares students for successful completion of the National Board Exam.

In March 2015, our Class of 2016 first-time pass rate on the Applied Basic Science (ABS) exam was 94.12% percent, compared to the 76.90 percent national pass rate. Pacific’s scores are typically above the national average, and reflect the excellent education our students receive here at Pacific University, and the hard work, dedication and focus our students and faculty bring to the classroom every day.

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Distinguished University Professor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Programs
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Assistant Professor/Director, EyeClinic Hillsboro
Associate Professor & Director, Pacific EyeClinic Forest Grove
Associate Professor & Director, Pacific EyeClinic Beaverton
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Assistant Professor & Director of Community Outreach
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Assistant Professor
Part-Time Assistant Professor
Associate Professor, Director of VS Graduate Programs
Clinical Professor, Associate Dean of Clinical Programs, Distinguished University Professor
Associate Professor, Director of VPI Research

Year 1

Fall   Credits
OPT-500 Basic Science for Optometry with Laboratory 2.5
OPT-501 Geometric and Physical Optics I with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-516 Patient Care I .5
OPT-532 Anatomy of the Visual System with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-535 Functional Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology 3.0
OPT-540 Essentials of Medical Pharmacology I 1.0
OPT-546 Clinical Procedures I with Laboratory 2.5
OPT-562 Behavioral Optometric Science with Laboratory 4.0
OPT-568 Practice Management I 1.0
Spring   Credits
OPT-502 Geometric and Physical Optics II with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-503 Physiological Optics I with Laboratory 4.0
OPT-517 Patient Care II .5
OPT-531 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry with Lab 3.0
OPT-533 Ocular Disease I with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-537 Systemic Diseases and Medications I 3.0
OPT-541 Essentials of Medical Pharmacology II 1.0
OPT-547 Clinical Procedures II with Laboratory 2.5
OPT-560 Evidence Based Optometry 1.0

Year 2

Fall   Credits
OPT-601 Ophthalmic Optics 3.0
OPT-616 Theory and Methods of Refraction 3.0
OPT-620 Patient Care III .5
OPT-631 Ocular Disease II with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-637 Systemic Diseases and Medications II 3.0
OPT-640 Essentials of Medical Pharmacology III

1.0

OPT-646 Clinical Procedures III with Laboratory 2.0
OPT-647 Ophthalmic Dispensing Procedures with Lab 2.0
OPT-662 Visual Information Processing and Perception 4.0
OPT-668 Practice Management III 1.0
Spring   Credits
OPT-615 Vision Therapy for Binocular and Oculomotor Dysfunction with Lab 4.0
OPT-617 Optometric Case Analysis 4.0
OPT-618 Theory and Practice of Spherical Rigid and Soft Contact Lenses with Lab 3.0
OPT-621 Patient Care IV .5
OPT-633 Ocular Disease III with Lab 4.0
OPT-638 Systemic Diseases and Medications III 2.0
OPT-648 Clinical Procedures IV with Lab 4.0

Year 3

Summer (14 weeks)   Credits
OPT-701 Physiological Optics II 3.0
OPT-703 Patient Care Seminar I .5
OPT-714 Pediatric and Developmental Optometry 3.0
OPT-715 Patient Care V 1.5
OPT-7XX Specialty Patient Care** 1.5
OPT-716 Theory and Practice of Specialty Contact Lenses with Lab 3.5
OPT-759 Geriatric Optometry 1.0
OPT-768 Practice Management III 1.0
  Electives*  
Fall   Credits
OPT-704 Patient Care Seminar II .5
OPT-718 Advanced Optometric Case Analysis with Lab 2.0
OPT-722 Patient Care VI 1.5
OPT-7XX Specialty Patient Care** 1.5
OPT-725 Assessment and Management of Strabismus and Amblyopia with Lab 4.0
OPT-728 Assessment and Management of the Partially Sighted Patient 2.0
OPT-733 Ocular Disease IV with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-736 Clinical Rounds***  
OPT-762 Communication in Optometric Practice with lab 2.0
  Electives*  
Spring   Credits
OPT-705 Patient Care Seminar III .5
OPT-723 Patient Care VII 1.5
OPT-7XX Specialty Patient Care** 1.5
OPT-727 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Perceptual Problems with Lab 2.0
OPT-735 Applied Ocular Therapeutics 1.0
OPT-736 Clinical Rounds*** .5
OPT-749 Refractive Surgery 1.5
OPT-461 Public Health Optometry 2.0
OPT-763 Environmental, Occupational and Recreational Vision 2.0
OPT-769 Practice Management IGV 1.0
  Electives*  

*Students are required to take at least three credits of electives.

** Students will rotate through each Specialty Patient Care (OPT-770: Pediatric/Binocular Vision, OPT-771: Contact Lens, OPT-772: Ocular Disease and Specialty Testing and Low Vision) through the third year.

*** Students are required to take one semester of OPT-736, either fall or spring

Year 4

OPT-806* Patient Care VIII
OPT-807* Patient Care IX
OPT-808* Patient Care X
OPT-809* Patient Care XI
OPT-827 Web-Based Clinical Rounds

Patient Care

Interns will provide supervised and direct patient care in various specialty tracks within Pacific University affiliated eye and vision care centers (Tracks 1-4) or in affiliated hospital settings, healthcare centers, and public or private eye and vision care centers. Primary care and/or specialized healthcare services unique to each site (Track 5). 

Track 1: Ocular Disease with Emphasis in Contact Lens | Rotation in the ocular disease and special testing and contact lens specialty clinics, including the clinical assessment and management of patients with ocular diseases, and management of cosmetic and therapeutic specialty contact lens prescribing.

Track 2: Ocular Disease with Emphasis in Low Vision | Rotation in the ocular disease and special testing and low vision specialty clinics, including the clinical assessment and management of patients with ocular diseases, and management of patients with low vision rehabilitation needs. Rotation also includes a half-day of contact lens service per week.

Track 3: Vision Therapy, Pediatrics, Neuro-Optometry | Rotation in the binocular vision/vision therapy and pediatric clinics including supervised clinical management of patients requiring vision therapy. Weekly experience in the Pediatric and Strabismus Referral Center (PSRC) and neuro-optometry services with related exposure to co-management principles. Rotation also includes a half day of contact lens service per week.

Track 4: Vision Therapy and Pediatrics | Rotation in the binocular vision/vision therapy and pediatric clinics including supervised clinical management of patients requiring vision therapy. Unique exposure in the Beaverton 3D Performance Clinic.

Track 5 | Supervised clinical practice in affiliated hospital settings, healthcare centers, and public or private eye and vision care centers. Primary care and/or specialized healthcare services unique to each site.