Curriculum

 

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 41 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.

Unless pre-approved by Vision Science Program Committee, a maximum of one quarter of the total course workload may be exempted based on prior satisfactory equivalent course work. At least 30 of the 41 credit hours must be earned at Pacific University. Exemption or substitution of the required courses may be applied after approval from both the student’s advisor and the course instructor(s). Course exemption and substitution does not apply to elective courses.

 

Required courses

 

Course No Name of the course Credits
Opt 501  Geometric & Physical Optics I with Laboratory  3
Opt 502  Geometric & Physical Optics II with Laboratory  3
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

Note:

1 The course can be repeated three times.

2 The course can be repeated multiple times.

 

Elective Courses

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 with Lab 4
Opt 743 Neurorehabilitative Optometry 2
Opt 744  Vision Problems Relate to Learning 3
Opt 746 Sports and Recreational Vision 2
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 919 Seminar in Environmental Vision 1
Opt 925 Seminar in Strabismus & Amblyopia with Lab 1
Opt 931 Seminar in Visual System Structure, Function, and Biochemistry 1
Opt 932 Seminar in Ophthalmic/Systemic Disease 1
Opt 934 Seminar in Ocular Manifestations of neurological diseases 1
Opt 943 Seminar in Neurorehabilitative Optometry 1
Opt 944 Seminar in Vision Problems Relate to Learning 1
Opt 946 Seminar in Sports and Recreational Vision 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

Note:

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

   multiple times.

 

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.

 

Courses exemption

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 Exempted Courses for Post-OD Students

 

The Vision Science Program Committee has pre-approved the following required course being exempted for students with OD degree from an ACOE accredited program, provided that the courses were completed within the last five years. The exempted courses will be counted toward the student’s GPA.

 

Doctor of Optometry Program Course

Credits

Opt 501: Geometric & Physical Optics I

3

Opt 502: Geometric & Physical Optics II

3

Opt 503: Physiological Optics I with lab

4

Opt 531: Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry with Lab

3

Opt 532: Anatomy of the visual System with Lab

3

Opt 662: Visual Information Processing and perception

4

Opt 701: Physiological Optics II

3

Opt 914: Discussion of Optometric Clinical Care

1

Opt 915: Practice of Clinical Skills

1

 

 

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.

 

Pre-approved Substitute Courses for OD/MS Students

The Vision Science Program Committee has pre-approved the following required course being substituted with equivalent courses for students currently matriculated at Pacific University or an ACOE accredited program. Substitution will only be allowed if students have successfully completed the 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 (1.5 credits)

Opt 915 (1 credit)

 

 

Courses accepted for both OD and MS degrees for OD/MS Concurrent Students

Overlapping courses between OD and MSVS programs will be accepted for degree requirements only if the grade is “B” or better for each course listed below.

 

Doctor of Optometry Program Course

Credits

Opt 501: Geometric & Physical Optics I

3

Opt 502: Geometric & Physical Optics II

3

Opt 503: Physiological Optics I with lab

4

Opt 531: Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry with Lab

3

Opt 532: Anatomy of the visual System with Lab

3

Opt 662: Visual Information Processing and perception

4

Opt 701: Physiological Optics II

3

 

 

(Last update: Jan/17/2014)