Doctor of Optometry


Pacific University offers a four-year doctor of optometry program preparing tomorrow's optometrists for licensure and practice.

The curriculum consists of academic and laboratory experiences integrated with clinical work. The fourth year is entirely clinical, consisting of four full-time preceptorships.

In addition to clinical training, Pacific's College of Optometry demonstrates its commitment to quality optometric research by offering all students an elective research thesis opportunity, encouraging and providing funds for faculty to attend scientific meetings and providing research facilities. The annual Pacific Vision Conference on campus allows practitioners, students, faculty and other researchers the opportunity to exchange findings and information.

Pacific University graduates are fully qualified to practice in any state in the nation, the curriculum far exceeding the most stringent educational requirements of any state. The curriculum also prepares students for successful completion of the National Board Exam.

In March 2016, our Class of 2017 first-time pass rate on the Applied Basic Science (ABS) exam was 90.22 percent, compared to the 78.12 percent national pass rate. Pacific’s scores are typically above the national average, and reflect the excellent education our students receive here at Pacific University, and the hard work, dedication and focus our students and faculty bring to the classroom every day.