The MSVS curriculum is structured to fit each individual's background in vision science and interest in specific fields. You need to take 38 required courses and at least 4 credit hours of elective courses that fit your own interests and benefit your thesis project (a total of 42 credit hours). Please discuss with your advisor which course will be appropriate for you.
With approval from your advisor and the involved course instructors, you may ask for substitution of yuour previous graduate courses for one or more of the required courses.
Based on previous course work completed by graduates of other national or international optometric programs, you may substitute other Pacific University College of Optometry graduate courses for up to 14 hours of the required courses. The Vision Science MS Program committee must approve course selections. Courses taken within the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) curriculum must be arranged in coordination with the course instructor.
|Course No||Name of the course||Credits|
|Opt 501||Geometric & Physical Optics I with Laboratory||3|
|Opt 502||Geometric & Physical Optics II with Laboratory||4|
|Opt 503||Physiological Optics I with Laboratory||4|
|Opt 531||Ocular Anatomy Physiology and Biochemistry with Laboratory||3|
|Opt 532||Anatomy of the Visual System with Laboratory||3|
|Opt 662||Visual Information Processing & Perception||4|
|Opt 701||Physiological Optics II||3|
|Opt 911||Vision Science Seminar I||2|
|Opt 912||Vision Science Seminar II||2|
|Opt 913||Vision Science Seminar III||2|
|Opt 914||Discussion of Optometric Clinical Care||11|
|Opt 915||Practice of Clinical Skills||11|
|Opt 991||Research and Data Analysis Methods Part I||2|
|Opt 992||Research and Data Analysis Methods Part II||2|
|Opt 995||Thesis Research||22|
1 The course can be repeated three times.
2 The course can be repeated multiple times.
Students must have the approval of their advisor and the instructor of the selected coure before taking an elective course.
|Course No.||Name of the course||Credits|
|Opt 725||Strabismus & Amblyopia||1|
|Opt 743||Neurorehabilitative Optometry||2|
|Opt 744||Vision Problems Relate to Learning||1|
|Opt 746||Sports and Recreational Vision||1|
|Opt 763||Environmental Vision||1|
|Opt 901||Seminar in New Ophthalmic Instrumentation and materials||1|
|Opt 906||Seminar in Public Health||1|
|Opt 907||Seminar in Electrodiagnostics||1|
|Opt 908||Seminar in Neuro-rehabilitation||1|
|Opt 909||Seminar in Color Vision||1|
|Opt 910||Seminar in Ophthalmic Optics||1|
|Opt 916||Seminar in Functional Vision and Pediatrics||1|
|Opt 917||Seminar in Visual-Motor Function||1|
|Opt 918||Seminar in Contact Lenses||1|
|Opt 931||Seminar in Visual System Structure, Function, and Biochemistry||1|
|Opt 932||Seminar in Ophthalmic/Systemic Disease||1|
|Opt 956||Independent Study||11|
|Opt 961||Seminar in Visual Information Processing||1|
|Opt 962||Seminar in Presentation Methods in the Health Professions||1|
|Opt 969||Seminar in International Optometry||1|
|Opt 970||Teaching Experience||12|
|Opt 979||Focused Studies||13|
1 Provision of Opt 956 is dependent upon the approval of the student’s academic advisor, and
can be repeated multiple times.
2 Provision of Opt 970 is offered when it has been determined that a particular student has
already completed an equivalent course and/or some other special circumstances are
present. It can be repeated up to three times.
3 Provision of Opt 979 is dependent upon the approval of the instructor, and can be repeated
Course Exemption and Course Substitution
Based on the student's International program of study, individual areas of interest, and any memorandum of understanding between the International program and Pacific University, the MSVS Program may allow exemption or substitution of some required vision science courses, based on previous coursework or professional experiences. However, course exemption or substitution is limited to the required courses and does not apply to elective courses.
To be considered for exemption, the course credit(s) earned earlier must:
- be based on documentation of comparable graduate level coursework at an accredited academic institution,
- be completed within the last five years, and
- be with a grade of B or better (credit graded as “pass” or “fail” cannot be considered for transferration).
The course exemption request should be:
- initiated by the student,
- approved by the student’s academic or thesis adviser, and
- submitted in writing, along with the original course syllabus and an official transcript with course grade, to the director of the graduate program for Academic and Professional Standards committee and the course instructor's review and approval.
All course exemption must be approved by the course instructor(s).
- The instructor may use any appropriate evaluative method in deciding on whether to grant the request of exemption.
- If the instructor finds that the student has sufficient educational background or successfully passes a test or an evaluation administered by the instructor, the instructor shall transmit his/her recommendation in writing to director of the graduate program and the Associate Dean of Academic Program.
- Course exemption reduces the number of courses a student must take, and therefore the tuition for the course that is waived; however, the grade of the exempted course will not be included in the calculation of the GPA.
- No more than ¼ of the minimum total credit hours for graduation can be exempted, with an exception of the pre-approved OD/MS exempted courses.
Pre-approved OD/MS Exempted Courses
- The Vision Science Graduate Committee has pre-approved the following required course exemptions for students previously or currently matriculated at Pacific University or an ACOE accredited program. Exemptions will only be allowed if students have successfully completed approved courses with a minimum grade of "B" or its equivalent and must be arranged in coordination with the course instructor.
Doctor of Optometry Program Course
Substituted MS course
Opt 620: Patient Care III (0.5 credit) and
Opt 621: Patient Care IV (0.5 credit)
Opt 914 (1 credit)
Opt 722: Patient Care VI (2 credits)
Opt 915 (1 credit)
Substitution of the Required Courses
- With extensive academic or professional experiences, students may petition to substitute a required course with an elective course.
- Supporting documentation of such achievement may include, but is not limited to, relevant academic transcripts, a detailed job description or evidence of an appropriate license or certification.
- All course substitutions need approval of the advisor and the course instructor.
- Course substitution does not reduce the total number of credit hours; however, it enables students to add electives that meet their specific goals and interests.
(Last update: Nov/26/2013)