The curriculum for the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree is a four-year, full-time program of study. Please refer to the College of Optometry bulletin for course descriptions and course curriculums. 

Note: Course curriculums and course requirements are subject to change.

Entry-Level Practice Standards for degree Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) 

Fourth year Clinical Rotations

The fourth year of the professional program at the College of Optometry consists of six eight-week advanced clinical rotations (externships) in the core optometric discipline. One of the rotations must have an ocular disease emphasis and one must be in a large general clinical setting. A minimum of two fourth-year rotations must be taken under the supervision of St. Louis-based College of Optometry faculty. Externships are permitted in private optometric or ophthalmological practices.


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