College of Optometry Student Resources



Melodye Mac Alpine

Director of Graduate & Professional

Student Services






Nicole Shappart

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!!




Optometry students must be properly immunized in order to protect the health of themselves as well as their patients.  Students will have contact with patients starting in the first year, therefore it is important to be current on all required immunizations.  Some immunizations require multiple doses, and some require a titer to test for immunity; getting a head start on this process will make things easier as you start the program. Click here for information about required immunizations.


International Student Services

Learning Support Services




Our students continue to excel academically. The National Board exams, which represent a national standard of entry-level competence to practice optometry, shows how the Class of 2013 scored in national comparisons:


NBEO Pass Rates - Class of 2013



PUCO – First Time Test Takers

National – First Time

Test Takers


Part I: ABS







Past II:  PAM







Part III:  CSE






Ultimate Pass Rate of all 3 parts by Graduation









2013 Award Recipients


2012 Award Recipients


2011 Award Recipients


2010 Award Recipients




Pacific update on the Heartbleed security flaw

University Information Services is actively responding to recently discovered Heartbleed security flaw.

College of Optometry Cares for Babies Through InfantSEE

Infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam between six and 12 months of age. Pacific University offers them free of charge.

Pacific University Eyes Importance of Vision Exams for Infants

The College of Optometry invites the public to a special event on Nov. 11 in support of nationwide InfantSEE initiative.

Optometry Dean Jennifer Smythe Elected President of National Organization

She is the first woman president in the history of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

Alumna, Faculty Member and Student Elected to Pacific Board of Trustees

Dori Carlson '88, OD '89, Associate Professor Catherine Kim and Theatre major Kailea Saplan begin their terms on July 1.

Dori Carlson OD '89 Receives Kamelia Massih Prize

Carlson was the first female president of the American Optometric Association and recently was elected to the Pacific University Board of Trustees

Professional Programs Graduates Ready to Help Others

Nearly 320 students within the colleges of Education, Health Professions and Optometry earn their professional degrees.

Pacific Named Organization of Year by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

Award recognizes Pacific's strong commitment to the Hillsboro community.

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.

New Graduate Recaps Her Time at Pacific

An interview with a new optometry graduate offers a look into the Pacific experience.

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