In the Pacific University College of Optometry, world-renowned faculty and diverse clinical sites prepare tomorrow’s doctors of optometry. 

The College of Optometry offers a doctor of optometry program and residency programs in multiple specialties. We also offer a master of science in vision science program, and a PhD in vision science program that prepare students for teaching and/or research in the ophthalmic industry.

We partner with other Pacific University colleges to provide other opportunities for master degrees:

Master of Education/Visual Function in Learning program within the College of Education. This is designed to provide specialized study to qualify the optometrist as an education vision consultant.

Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management within the College of Business. This is designed for working healthcare professionals, the Pacific MBA with a healthcare management track will develop your business skills for a career in healthcare administration.

The college also has a strong tradition of providing continuing education to help optometric physicians meet their requirements for license renewal. Optometrists can earn continuing education credits in person at our annual conferences or online.

At Pacific, teaching is our first priority. Our optometry faculty lecture and publish worldwide, but teaching is at the center of their practice. Our programs provide a firm foundation in basic and clinical sciences, as well as significant hands-on experience in serving diverse populations of patients.

The College of Optometry operates EyeClinics and EyeTrends opticals throughout the Portland area. The eye clinics give students the chance to practice their skills and serve their community. Our students also are involved in outreach locally through our community partners and schools. Students have the opportunity to provide outreach around the world through our partnership with AMIGOS eyecare (Student VOSH).

Upcoming Events

All Day | Friday, June 6, 2025
Forest Grove


Scott Pike '68 OD '70

The former College of Optometry faculty member is recognized for his longtime service to the optometry profession and his work to provide eyecare to underserved populations.

Dr. Scott Klemens received his BS in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine from California Lutheran University in 2005. He went on to attend Southern California College of Optometry, where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2009. 

Pacific University's Old College Hall

Pacific Priority allows students to apply for and receive conditional admission to select Pacific graduate programs before they even start college, providing a clear pathway to graduation and the next step in their education & career journey.