Welcome to the College of Optometry
Jennifer Smythe, OD, MS
Dean, College of Optometry
The College of Optometry is a place where visionary learners become clinical leaders.
Thinking about a college education? A Career in Health Professions
Considering a graduate program? Optometry Admissions
A major initiative of Pacific University is a third building on the Hillsboro campus. This building will include a home for optometry and create vast opportunities for more collaboration between optometry and other health professions programs. It will also provide opportunities to expand existing health professions programs, explore new partnerships and enhance services to the community. Learn more.
1945 was the year North Pacific College of Optometry combined forces with Pacific University to become Pacific University College of Optometry. From the beginning the College has climbed the mountain of excellence in optometric education by joining a premier faculty with highly qualified students. The College’s faculty, staff and administrators are committed to our students’ and graduates’ progress, accomplishments and successes: beginning with the questions that come with the application process, followed by the excitement of new experiences, giving way to the pride of earning the White Coat, and culminating with the achievement of graduation. And it doesn’t end there our obligation to our graduates goes even further by providing post graduate education through residency programs, teaching fellowships, the Master of Science program and Continuing Professional Education.
The mission of the College of Optometry is to promote excellence in vision and eye care through education, service, and research. We educate students to become highly competent practitioners, to render professional and ethical care, to understand their professional role in public service and the health care community, to analyze new information critically, and to advance vision and eye care through scientific inquiry.
Goal 1: Pacific University College of Optometry will provide educational opportunities in a supportive setting that allow students to acquire a firm foundation in the basic and clinical sciences, together with clinical experiences that prepare students for the practice of optometry.
Goal 2: Graduates of Pacific University College of Optometry will consistently demonstrate high levels of professional competency including the ability to critically analyze information.
Goal 3: Faculty and students at Pacific University College of Optometry will consistently demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors.
Goal 4: Pacific University College of Optometry will provide service to our alumni and to the public and health care communities.
Goal 5: Pacific University College of Optometry will be active in research and scholarship in vision science and health care.
On our webpages you will find an abundance of information regarding Optometry. Start your adventure with us now.
You can support the College of Optometry by becoming a Trombley Society member today. All gifts will benefit the College of Optometry and help future Optometric Physicians in their professional education.
Learn more: Download the Trombley Brochure (PDF)