Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry

Traditional Program

Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Optometry curriculum has been organized into ten modules. The curriculum overview chart summarizes the sequencing of the modules across the four-year academic program, with the modules representing an integrated sequence of knowledge, skills and values expected for entry-level practice.

The academic year is divided into three sessions: Fall Session (September - December); Spring Session (January - May); and Summer Session (June - August).

The following is a brief outline of each year's program.
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Molecular & Cellular Processes
(Module 1),
Year 1
Integrative Organ Systems & Disease
(Module 2)
Year 1
  Integrative Organ Systems & Disease
(Module 2)
Year 3
Clinical Externships
(Module 8)
Year 4
  Integrative Ocular & Systemic Disease
(Module 3) - Years 2,3
Integrative Neuro-Visual Sciences (Module 4) - Years 1,2,3
Optometric Principles & Management of Vision Problems (Module 5) Years 1,2,3
Principles & Practice of Optometric Medicine (Module 6)
Years 1,2,3
Integrative Approaches to Clinical Problem Solving (Module 7)
Years 1,2,3
Electives & Advanced Studies (Module 9) - Years 1,2,3,4
Strategies for Personal & Professional Development (Module 10) - Years 1,2,3,4

Updated 2/23.2009