College of Optometry Student Resources
Melodye Mac Alpine
Director of Graduate & Professional
Assistant Director, Graduate & Professional Student Services
The Student Services Office within the College of Optometry offers a variety of resources and services to the students within the College. We feel that these services are some of the things that make Pacific University a great place to complete your education!
One of the things we do is organize different programs and events that assist and support students. Some examples are scheduling and registration of all students, acting as the liaison between students and University offices, and working with the student government (Student Optometric Association). Events that we plan include New Student Orientation, White Coat Ceremony, and Practice Opportunity Fairs, among others.
Another main part of our purpose is to assist students with issues that may not be academic in nature, but affect academic performance. This can include personal/family stress, medical emergencies, financial hardships, etc. We also serve as advocates for students if they need help working out concerns or issues with faculty members or administrators. Our doors are always open, and we encourage students to stop in at any time.
Student Services is where you begin when you’re not sure what to do or where to go!!
MORE STUDENT ACCOLADES
Our students continue to excel academically. The National Board exams, which represent a national standard of entry-level competence to practice optometry, showed that the Class of 2013 earned a pass rate of 98.79% on Part II of the exam administered this past November. The national overall pass rate was 93.99%. The students earned a pass rate of 97.50% on the TMOD, compared with the national pass rate of 91.98%.
Nearly 320 students within the colleges of Education, Health Professions and Optometry earn their professional degrees.
Nearly 300 bachelor's degree candidates and an additional 250 professional programs candidates to take part in May Commencement ceremonies.
Pacific earns the distinction for the third consecutive year.
Dr. Smith is the first Pacific faculty member to earn the academy's highest honor for an educator.
The College of Optometry showcases its newest EyeClinic location in Cornelius. Services available to the general public in addition to Virginia Garcia clients.
Event revenue helps both local residents and those overseas.
CareerCast's rankings of the top health care professions include eight of the University's professional programs.
Optometry faculty identifies causes, remedies for visual and physical problems when viewing 3D video
A study led by professors Shun-nan Yang, Scott Cooper (O.D. '90, M.Ed. '93) and Jim Sheedy, and supported by Intel, appears in the American Academy of Optometry's journal, Optometry and Vision Science.
Professional Programs Commencement completes a day of celebration and fellowship.
The College of Health Professions awarded six graduate students with scholarship funds for international service learning endeavors that help underserved populations.