Optometry Curriculum

Year 1

Fall   Credits
OPT-500 Basic Science for Optometry  2.25
OPT-500L Lab: Basic Science for Optometry  0.25
OPT-501 Geometric and Physical Optics I with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-516 Patient Care I 0.50
OPT-530 Biomed Ethics I 0.25
OPT-531 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry 3.0
OPT-531L Lab: Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry 0.50
OPT-535 Functional Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology 3.0
OPT-540 Essentials of Medical Pharmacology I 1.0
OPT-546 Clinical Procedures I  1.5
OPT-546L Lab: Clinical Procedures I 1.0
OPT-562 Behavioral Optometric Science with Laboratory 4.0
OPT-568 Practice Management I 1.0
Spring   Credits
OPT-502 Geometric and Physical Optics II with Laboratory 3.0
OPT-503 Physiological Optics I with Laboratory 4.0
OPT-517 Patient Care II 0.5
OPT-532 Anatomy of the Visual System 2.0
OPT-532L Lab: Anatomy of the Visual System 1.0
OPT-533 Ocular Disease I 2.0
OPT-533L Lab: Ocular Disease I 1.0
OPT-537 Systemic Disease I 3.0
OPT-541 Essentials of Medical Pharmacology II 1.0
OPT-547 Clinical Procedures II  1.5
OPT-547L Lab: Clinical Procedures II 1.0
OPT-560 Evidence Based Optometry 1.0

Year 2

Fall   Credits
OPT-601 Ophthalmic Optics 3.0
OPT-611 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Healthcare 0.50
OPT-620 Patient Care III 0.5
OPT-631 Ocular Disease II  2.0
OPT-631L Lab: Ocular Disease II 1.0
OPT-637 Systemic Disease II 3.0
OPT-640 Essentials of Medical Pharmacology III 1.0
OPT-645 Refraction: Procedures III 3.0
OPT-645L Lab: Refraction: Procedures III 1.0
OPT-647 Ophthalmic Dispensing Procedures  1.0
OPT-647L Lab: Ophthalmic Dispensing Procedures 0.50
OPT-662 Visual Perception 3.5
OPT-662L Lab: Visual Perception 0.50
OPT-668 Practice Management II 1.0
Spring   Credits
OPT-610 Clinical Proficiency Exam 0.50
OPT-615 Vision Therapy for Binocular and Oculomotor Dysfunction  3.0
OPT-615L Lab: Vision Therapy for Binocular and Oculomotor Dysfunction  1.0
OPT-617 Optometric Case Analysis 4.0
OPT-618 Theory and Practice of Spherical Rigid and Soft Contact Lenses  2.0
OPT-618L Lab: Theory and Practice of Spherical Rigid and Soft Contact Lenses 1.0
OPT-621 Patient Care IV 0.5
OPT-630 Biomed Ethics II 0.25
OPT-633 Ocular Disease III  3.0
OPT-633L Lab: Ocular Disease III 1.0
OPT-638 Systemic Disease III 1.0
OPT-638L Lab: Systemic Disease III 1.0
OPT-649 Clinical Procedures IV  2.0
OPT-649L Lab: Clinical Procedures IV 1.0

Year 3

Summer (14 weeks)   Credits
OPT-701 Ocular Motility 2.0
OPT-703 Patient Care Seminar I 0.5
OPT-710 Biomed Ethics III 0.25
OPT-714 Pediatric and Developmental Optometry 2.5
OPT-714L Lab: Pediatric and Developmental Optometry 1.0
OPT-715 Patient Care V 1.5
OPT-7XX Specialty Patient Care** 1.5
OPT-716 Theory and Practice of Specialty Contact Lenses  3.0
OPT-716L Lab:Theory and Practice of Specialty Contact Lenses 0.50
OPT-733 Ocular Disease IV 2.0
OPT-733L Lab: Ocular Disease IV 1.0
OPT-768 Practice Management III 1.0
  Electives*  
Fall   Credits
OPT-704 Patient Care Seminar II 0.5
OPT-718 Advanced Optometric Case Analysis with Lab 2.0
OPT-722 Patient Care VI 1.5
OPT-7XX Specialty Patient Care** 1.5
OPT-725 Assessment and Management of Strabismus and Amblyopia 3.0
OPT-725L Lab:Assessment and Management of Strabismus and Amblyopia 1.0
OPT-728 Low Vision 2.0
OPT-735 Applied Ocular Therapeutics 1.0
OPT-736 Clinical Rounds***  
OPT-762 Communication in Optometric Practice  1.0
OPT-762L Lab:Communication in Optometric Practice 0.50
  Electives*  
Spring   Credits
OPT-705 Patient Care Seminar III 0.5
OPT-723 Patient Care VII 1.5
OPT-7XX Specialty Patient Care** 1.5
OPT-730 Biomed Ethics IV 0.25
OPT-736 Clinical Rounds*** 0.50
OPT-737 Advanced Pediatrics Optometry 1.0
OPT-749 Refractive Surgery 1.5
OPT-759 Geriatric Optometry 0.50
OPT-761 Public Health Optometry 2.0
OPT-763 Environmental, Occupational and Recreational Vision 2.0
OPT-769 Practice Management IV 1.0
  Electives*  

*Students are required to take at least three credits of electives.

** Students will rotate through each Specialty Patient Care (OPT-770: Pediatric/Binocular Vision, OPT-771: Contact Lens, OPT-772: Ocular Disease and Specialty Testing and Low Vision) through the third year.

*** Students are required to take one semester of OPT-736, either fall or spring

Year 4

OPT-806* Patient Care VIII
OPT-807* Patient Care IX
OPT-808* Patient Care X
OPT-809* Patient Care XI
OPT-827 Web-Based Clinical Rounds

Patient Care

Interns will provide supervised and direct patient care in various specialty tracks within Pacific University affiliated eye and vision care centers (Tracks 1-4) or in affiliated hospital settings, healthcare centers, and public or private eye and vision care centers. Primary care and/or specialized healthcare services unique to each site (Track 5). 

Track 1: Ocular Disease with Emphasis in Contact Lens | Rotation in the ocular disease and special testing and contact lens specialty clinics, including the clinical assessment and management of patients with ocular diseases, and management of cosmetic and therapeutic specialty contact lens prescribing.

Track 2: Ocular Disease with Emphasis in Low Vision | Rotation in the ocular disease and special testing and low vision specialty clinics, including the clinical assessment and management of patients with ocular diseases, and management of patients with low vision rehabilitation needs. Rotation also includes a half-day of contact lens service per week.

Track 3: Vision Therapy, Pediatrics, Neuro-Optometry | Rotation in the binocular vision/vision therapy and pediatric clinics including supervised clinical management of patients requiring vision therapy. Weekly experience in the Pediatric and Strabismus Referral Center (PSRC) and neuro-optometry services with related exposure to co-management principles. Rotation also includes a half day of contact lens service per week.

Track 4: Vision Therapy and Pediatrics | Rotation in the binocular vision/vision therapy and pediatric clinics including supervised clinical management of patients requiring vision therapy. Unique exposure in the Beaverton 3D Performance Clinic.

Track 5 | Supervised clinical practice in affiliated hospital settings, healthcare centers, and public or private eye and vision care centers. Primary care and/or specialized healthcare services unique to each site.