College of Optometry Student Resources

College of Optometry Student Services Office

The Student Services Office within the College of Optometry offers a variety of resources and services to the students within the college.

We feel that these services are some of the things that make Pacific University a great place to complete your education! One of the things we do is organize different programs and events that assist and support students. Some examples are scheduling and registration of all students, acting as the liaison between students and University offices, and working with the student government (Student Optometric Association). Events that we plan include New Student Orientation, White Coat Ceremony, and Practice Opportunity Fairs, among others.

Another main part of our purpose is to assist students with issues that may not be academic in nature, but affect academic performance. This can include personal/family stress, medical emergencies, financial hardships, etc. We also serve as advocates for students if they need help working out concerns or issues with faculty members or administrators. Our doors are always open, and we encourage students to stop in at any time. Student Services is where you begin when you’re not sure what to do or where to go!

Sara Pitkanen

Sara Pitkanen | Assistant Dean of Students, Graduate Student Support
503-352-2109 |



Optometry students must be properly immunized in order to protect the health of themselves as well as their patients. Students will have contact with patients starting in the first year, therefore it is important to be current on all required immunizations. Some immunizations require multiple doses, and some require a titer to test for immunity; getting a head start on the process for required immunizations will make things easier as you start the program. 

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