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A degree in optometry prepares individuals for a career in eye care.  A program in optometry will educate individuals in multiple sciences, and teach them to use those sciences to identify problems within the eye and assist in their remedy. Individuals must obtain a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in order to function as an optometrist. Entry into an O.D. program requires a decent score on the Optometry Admissions Examination (O.A.T.) and at least three years of post-secondary education. Most students will complete a bachelor's degree prior to applying to an optometry school. Obtaining a doctor of optometry typically requires four years of study.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$117,580

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

68.48%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

36,430

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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The University of California, Berkeley has a reputation of excellence, boasting many renowned graduates and faculty members.  In fact, 20 UC Berkeley faculty members have received Nobel awards.  According to a National Research Council analysis, UC Berkeley has at least 48 highly ranked graduate programs, making it one of the top 10 universities in the nation.

The UC Berkeley campus is known nearly as much for its colorful history of political and social activism as it is for its exemplary academics.  Its attractive campus features Sproul Plaza, Campanile Tower, Lawrence Hall and Doe Library, among other architectural landmarks.

The University of California, Berkeley is also known as "UC Berkeley" or simply "Cal."

History

In 1849, when California first became a state, those drafting the State Constitution added a clause for establishing a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations."  This aspiration led to a merger in 1868 of the private College of California in Oakland, California with a state-legislated land grant that included the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College and land parcels in both Oakland and Berkeley, California.  The governor of California signed into law the Organic Act allowing for the creation and organization of the "University of California."

The University of California was officially founded in 1869 with a group of 10 faculty members and 40 students on its first campus in Oakland, California.  In 1873, the University of California moved to a new campus in Berkeley.  After much debate over its mission, governance and curricula, the State Constitution of 1879 guaranteed the University of California some independence to organize and govern itself via its Board of Regents with only limited oversight by the state legislature.  This structure of governance would lead to periodic debates through the years between the regents, state governor and legislators, campus chancellors, faculty members and students.

In 1914 the University of California, Los Angeles was established, initiating the statewide UC System that today has 10 campuses across California.  The University of California, Berkeley is considered the flagship institution of the UC System.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of California, Berkeley is based on the semester system.  UC Berkeley offers more than 350 different degree programs, in one of its 14 colleges and schools, ranging from Aerospace Studies and Art History to Urban Design and Women's Studies.

The academic year at UC Berkeley is divided into two semesters, fall and spring, and one Summer Session.  If you have earned quarter units at another institution that you wish to transfer to UC Berkeley, they can be converted to semester units by multiplying by two-thirds (i.e. 180 quarter units is equal to 120 semester units).

Colleges and Schools

The University of California, Berkeley is comprised of 14 colleges and schools, which are:

  • College of Letters and Science
  • Haas School of Business
  • College of Chemistry
  • Graduate School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • School of Information
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • College of Natural Resources
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public Health
  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
  • School of Social Welfare

Student Life

Student organizations abound at UC Berkeley, with hundreds available to connect students to community, share talents and develop their group building and leadership skills. The Center for Student Leadership offers assistance with student organization recognition, recruitment and retention, as well as campus publicity and event planning for different groups.

UC Berkeley's Center for Student Leadership also provides programs that provide leadership development models and theories.  Individual or group coaching is available, in addition to workshops, team building and challenge course initiatives.

The Cal Corps Public Service Center has many volunteer or internship programs that connect people, ideas and resources to activism in the areas of social justice, community health and public service.

The Cal2Action.Berkeley.edu program offers online resources that connect UC Berkeley students to countless community volunteer programs such as Berkeley After School Program Volunteers, The Music Connection and Youth Impact, among others.

Fraternities and Sororities

There is a thriving "Greek Life" on campus at UC Berkeley with more than 60 recognized chapters of fraternities and sororities.  The "Cal Greeks" have a 140-year tradition at UC Berkeley, and students seeking a common ground for leadership, scholarship, friendship and service can choose from a diverse selection of sisterhood or brotherhood chapters.

Traditions

The California Golden Bears, or Cal Bears, sports teams are known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  You will hear many traditional Cal Bears songs and cheers when attending any sporting event at UC Berkeley.  The UC Berkeley Rally Committee is charged with the responsibility of guarding and protecting the universities traditional songs and cheers.

Athletics

UC Berkeley is well known for its Cal Bears sports teams, rally and spirit groups, and more than nine spectator sports facilities.  You can log onto CalBears.com, the official site of the California Golden Bears intercollegiate athletics.  The site includes sports news, schedules and ticket sales, traditions, boosters clubs and more.

There are many club sports and recreational activities available at UC Berkeley, in addition to intramural sports.  Intramural sports include leagues for a variety of indoor and outdoor sports such as basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and tennis.  The Cal Sports Club provides instruction, competition and recreation in 25 sports and activities open to all Cal Recreation Club members.

Satellite Campuses

There are many adult education and continuing education classes offered through the UC Berkeley Extension program.  The extension courses are taught at satellite campuses in Berkeley and San Francisco, California and many courses or certificate programs are available online.

The programs of study available through UC Berkeley Extension include Art & Design, Behavioral & Health Sciences, Business, Computer Technology, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, Sustainability Studies, Writing, Editing and Technical Communication.

Community Life

There is plenty to do on and off the campus of University of California, Berkeley.  The UC Berkeley website provides a searchable calendar of campus events that include art exhibits, music performances by established artists from around the world, weekly noon concerts, comedy nights and many other forms of entertainment.

Many listings for entertainment and news can be found in the Daily Cal, an award-winning, independent newspaper run by students since 1871.  Other news outlets include The Berkeleyan, a weekly newspaper from staff and faculty, as well as podcasts and the KALX student-run campus radio station.

Several popular dining spots are located on the UC Berkeley campus, including Ramona's Café, Pat Brown's Grill, The Terrace Café, The Golden Bear and the Free Speech Movement Café, an eatery and study spot that features a wall exhibit and events that offer a forum on timely political and social issues.

Acceptance Rate

16.25

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university.

History

Ohio State University was established as a land-grant university in 1870. At that time it was eligible for a grant in accordance with the 1862 Morrill Act and was named Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College. It was built in a farming community north of the City of Columbus. The university welcomed twenty-four students when it opened its doors.

Governor Rutherford B. Hayes saw that the college had potential to become an institute of higher learning. With that in mind, he influenced the original board of directors and the college's location in that direction. The name of the school was changed to The Ohio State University in 1878.

Ohio State University accepted its first graduate students in 1880. The following year, Moritz College of Law was established. Eventually, the school included colleges of commerce and journalism as well as dentistry and medicine.

The school's development slowed during the 1870s because of hostility from Ohio's agricultural interests as well as competition from Ohio and Miami universities. These problems were finally resolved and Ohio State became Ohio's leading university in 1906. It became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1916.

Main Campus Academics

The Ohio State University is the leading research and teaching institution in Ohio and the US. It ranks second in industry sponsored research and seventh among public universities in research expenditures.

Renowned colleges include:

  • Moritz College of Law
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • College of Medicine and Public Health

Majors include:

  • Business Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Association of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Life

More than 50,000 students attend Ohio State University's main campus, which creates a vibrant and diverse life on campus. Students from a number of cultures and all walks of life are in attendance. Because the campus is so close to Columbus' downtown, students have ample opportunities in employment, enrichment and entertainment.

Ohio State has over 60 active fraternities and sororities. Fraternities include:

  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Kappa Sigma

Sororities include:

  • Chi Omega
  • Alpha Sigma Upsilon
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Zelta

A longstanding tradition at Ohio State is the Ohio State University Marching Band-the largest percussion and all brass band in the world.

Ohio State University has several media outlets and managed publications, including its official yearbook, The Makio. Since 1881, the school has published a daily newspaper-The Lantern.

Athletics

The intercollegiate teams of Ohio State University are the Buckeyes. The university's colors are Grey and Scarlett.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Pistol and Rifle
  • Lacrosse
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Over the years some outstanding athletes have graduated from Ohio State. They include:

  • Jack Nicklaus - golf
  • Jesse Owens - 1936 Olympic gold medalist in track and field
  • Chic Harley - football
  • Jessica Davenport - basketball
  • Katie Smith - basketball

Seven Heisman Awards have been presented to Ohio State athletes including:

  • Eddie George - 1995
  • Archie Gunn - 1974 and 1975
  • Tony Smith - 2006

Hall of Fame Ohio State coaches include:

  • Fred Taylor - basketball
  • Woody Hayes - football
  • Paul Brown - football
  • Mike Peppe - swimming and diving
  • Larry Snider - track and field

Local Community

There are several points of interest on the main campus of Ohio State University.

  • Orton Geological Library
  • Ohio Stadium
  • The Oval
  • Mirror Lake

Off campus there is much to see and do.

Stone Laboratory

Stone Laboratory was created in a Sandusky fish hatchery by Professor David S. Kellicott. The first students attended in 1900. The Laboratory is now located on Gibraltar Island at Put-in-Bay. The deed was given to Ohio State in 1925 by the descendents of Jay Cooke and the facility was named for his father, Franz Theodore Stone, who was an astronomical researcher and mathematician. The first students were welcomed to Stone Laboratory in 1929.

Thurber House

Thurber House was the home of New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, and is now a living museum dedicated to his life. The house is furnished as it was during the time that James Thurber lived there with his family between 1913 and 1917. Be sure to visit the Centennial Reading Garden and Thurber Center. The Center is next door to Thurber House and the Reading Garden is set between the two.

Short North

Just a few minutes from Ohio State University campus, is Short North, an urban neighborhood that offers a wide variety of activities that include art galleries, shopping and great restaurants. It is Columbus Ohio's most active playground. Be sure to take in a hockey game at Nationwide Arena or an event at Greater Columbus Convention Center.

German Village

German Village was established in 1841. Each year it celebrates German Village Octoberfest. Shop till you drop or visit a bar or coffee house. Enjoy bratwurst and jumbo cream puffs at Schmidt's Sausage Haus Restaurant. If you enjoy reading, be sure to visit The Book Loft, which was originally a pre-civil war general store and now is a thirty-two room book and music store.

Arena District

If you like to party and are looking for night life, visit the Arena District. Located close to Ohio State's main campus, it is Columbus' night life hotspot.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

If you love land and marine animals, you will love Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. See manatees, sharks, jellyfish, reptiles of all types, wolves, bald eagles. Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores from around the world can be seen here.

Whatever your tastes, there is something for you to enjoy in and around Columbus, home to Ohio State University.

Acceptance Rate

53.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Founded in 1820, Indiana University in Bloomington has since become the flagship campus of the Indiana University System and the main campus of Indiana University. IU Bloomington is a major research university that is distinguished among the best universities in the world, offering over 300 undergraduate programs and nearly 200 professional degrees. Among its institutions are the Kelley School of Business, Maurer School of Law, and the Schools of Education, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Journalism.

The university is also known for its Individualized Major Program which allows students to tackle multidisciplinary studies, leading to a bachelor of arts degree conferred by the IUB College of Arts and Sciences. Students with exemplary academic performances are recruited into the Hutton Honors College, with provisions for merit scholarships and admission to the Honors Residential Community.

Situated over 2,000 acres, IUB is home to numerous cultural institutes and research centers, including the Kinsey Institute, IU Research and Teaching Preserve, and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. The university also features the Jacobs School of Music, known as one of the best music schools in the world.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in fundraising events for charity and scholarships such as the Little 500 bicycle race, IU Sing, and the Dance Marathon. Notable campus traditions include painting the Jordan Avenue bridges for student events and the Senior Tree Dedication, an annual event sponsored by the current graduating class. Participation in athletic events are led by the IU Hoosiers, known mostly for achievements by the men's basketball and soccer teams.

Acceptance Rate

77.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

The University of Houston is a leading public research university located in Houston, Texas - the nation's fourth largest city. It has nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that include both online and on campus courses.

The university is situated on a 667-acre campus in the center of the downtown area of Houston.  The campus is very green, with open spaces of manicured lawns and landscaped parks highlighted with many fountains and sculptures.

Research is a major interest and highlight at the University of Houston, with the faculty and students in every department conducting research through its 40 research centers.

The University of Houston (UH) is part of the University of Houston System (UHS), which is a group of six public institutions of higher learning (four universities and two teaching centers) in the Houston area.  They share common goals and are governed by a Board of Regents.

History

The University of Houston was founded in 1927, but didn't officially take the name "University of Houston" until 1934.  It moved to its permanent campus in 1939, and became a state institution in 1963.  In 1977, the school joined the University of Houston System.

Academics

The University's academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters as well as a summer session.

The University of Houston offers 120 majors and minors at the undergraduate level and 139 degree-focuses at the master's level.  It offers 54 doctoral programs and three professional degree programs. Additionally, the university offers online courses through its Distance Education program.  There are also noncredit courses available through the university's Continuing Education program.

Undergraduates can also choose from several pre-professional programs that lead to careers in medicine, law, pharmacy, veterinary science and accounting, as well as programs in teacher certification.  UH students can also participate in special programs such as a five-year dual-degree program, ROTC, Study Abroad, Honors College or the Undergraduate Scholars at UH program.  There are also Certificate Programs in areas such as Paralegal, Entrepreneurship or Sales Excellence, among others.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Houston is comprised of 12 academic colleges.  Each major and graduate program operates from within one of the 12 colleges.  Additionally, there is an interdisciplinary Honors College that provides courses and opportunities to students from all majors and departments.

The colleges at UH are:

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

C.T. Bauer College of Business

College of Education

Cullen College of Engineering

Honors College

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

UH Law Center

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

College of Optometry

College of Pharmacy

Graduate College of Social Work

College of Technology

Student Life

The University of Houston has a very active and lively student population with more than 400 student organizations and 16 intercollegiate sports teams.  Thousands of students live on campus in residence halls, apartments and townhouses.

Fraternities and Sororities

There is a Center for Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life at UH that helps students develop into ethical, purposeful leaders.  Its leadership development programs teach students to get involved and use self-awareness and critical thinking for growth.

The core values of the Greek community at UH are:

Collaboration, Personal Growth, Community Growth, Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Philanthropy and Services, Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility

Traditions

In 1947 the University of Houston adopted the cougar as its mascot, which is nicknamed "Shasta."

Athletics

Cougar athletics is big at the University of Houston.  The UH Department of Intercollegiate Athletics challenges student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations.

At UH there are cougar teams for men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track & field, and women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Satellite Campuses

The universities within the University of Houston System are the University of Houston (UH), UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria.  The Teaching Centers are UHS at Sugar Land and UHS at Cinco Ranch.  The University of Houston also offers programs through facilities at the Texas Medical Center.

Community Life

UH students can participate in one of the 600 UHS community initiatives available that allow students to become involved in local causes such as helping with local education and housing efforts, or assisting local government.  The UH Contact Center can provide information on all services and events.

The city of Houston is popular for many reasons, including its lively, bustling energy.  It is referred to as "the energy capital of the world."  The more than 19 Fortune 500 companies and large medical center located in the city provide ample opportunity for UH students and graduates to find internships and work.

Many Houston residents enjoy the full calendar of arts and entertainment the city offers year round.  There are performances from the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Symphony, and plenty of art exhibits in Houston's Museum District.  Plenty of award-winning restaurants and the Jazz and Blues Clubs add to the busy Houston nightlife.

Houston offers many outdoor activities including more than 150 golf courses, the Houston Zoo and hiking at the Armand Bayou Nature Center.

Acceptance Rate

64.98

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public college that has a large selection of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Birmingham, Alabama, in a predominantly urban area. Enrollment at UAB is nearly 18,000 per year.

Areas of study available at UAB include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Communications And Journalism

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Students may provide either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to UAB. A score in a range of 1000 to 1270 on the SAT, or 21 to 27 for the ACT is common among accepted students. 72% of those who apply are accepted to UAB, of which 40 percent choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

Tuition & fees at UAB are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs around $6,900 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $16,000 per year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is around $5,900. This school may offer financial aid for students who qualify by way of grants and loans.

The mascot for University of Alabama at Birmingham is the "Blazers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)

Contact information, admission forms, programs, and much more may be viewed on school's website at http://www.uab.edu.

Acceptance Rate

73.66

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

About Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, located in Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in 1823, and is a private institution. The school was founded by fourteen pharmacists and holds the distinction of being the oldest higher education institution in the city, and the second oldest school of pharmacy in the United States. T

MCPHS received degree granting ability in allied health through a charter change in 1979. Since then the school has added two campuses, located in Worcester, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, as well as the addition of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists which operates the school's dental hygiene program.
Academics Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science offers a variety of programs with a specific focus in the sciences. Undergraduate level programs combine lower and upper division courses, electives and general education requirements to create a curriculum that results in a bachelor's degree.

Master and doctoral programs have separate requirements for admission, and each requires a lower level degree to have already been earned in order to be considered. The school's graduate programs in pharmacy and physician studies are ranked among the best in the United States.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid MCPHS requires all applicants to supply a completed application, standardized test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation from math or science teachers or guidance counselors. The supplied material will be reviewed and a decision rendered. Once completed, the student will be notified, and if admitted, will be supplied the information necessary to prepare for enrollment.

Application to graduate level and above programs have their own process and requirements. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships awarded based on need as determined by the applicants information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Acceptance Rate

85.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

University of Missouri - St Louis provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and publically funded. UMSL has an annual student enrollment of over seventeen thousand.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 460 - 610 for the SAT exam and between 21 - 26 for the ACT exam is common among students admitted to University of Missouri - St Louis. University of Missouri - St Louis accepts roughly 70% of applicants annually. Of those students accepted, around 41% registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay nearly $9,900, while out-of-state residents pay $23,000 for the year. The price of on-campus housing is about $5,500 annually. Students enrolled at University of Missouri - St Louis may qualify for aid which is generally grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at UMSL through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Sports available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students can visit the UMSL website to see a complete list of programs offered, financial aid details, and more.

Acceptance Rate

73

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Pacific University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Forest Grove, OR, it offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Approximately 3,400 students are enrolled annually at Pacific.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to Pacific. Scores within the range of 21 - 26 on the ACT or 1000 - 1210 on the SAT are required to greatly increase your chances for acceptance. Pacific University admits roughly 80% of students applying yearly. Of those students accepted, around 20% of students attended the school. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is approximately $37,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their personalized cost estimate of attendance. The price of on-campus housing is approximately $5,100 per year. Students enrolled at Pacific University may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Pacific "Boxers" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

Students who would like to learn more about Pacific can take a look at their website at http://www.pacificu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

86.61

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private research university that includes graduate and professional schools on its campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NSU offers over 40 undergraduate degree programs, and many more graduate degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels.

NSU is known for its excellent faculty who are still actively engaged in their professional careers in the field as well as their teaching careers. NSU is also notable for the fact that more African American and Hispanic students earn their doctoral degrees there than any other university in the nation.

NSU offers excellent facilities and cutting-edge technology, and a beautiful, 300-acre campus setting.  It is nationally recognized for its graduate and professional training programs, as well as for its distance learning programs, with field-based programs located in Florida and 23 states, as well as in a number of international sites.

History

Nova Southeastern University was founded in 1964 as "Nova University." It began as a very small school focusing primarily on the physical and social sciences.  In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences and became Nova Southeastern University. The school has grown to become the nation's seventh largest independent university, and its programs now include law, education, business computer science, oceanography, medicine, pharmacy, optometry, and more.

Academics

Nova Southeastern University's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and winter semesters.  Summer classes are available.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

  • Center for Psychological Studies
  • College of Allied Health and Nursing
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Medical Sciences
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fischler School of Education and Human Services
  • Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Human Services Unit
  • Mailman Segal Center for Human Development
  • Oceanographic Center
  • Shepard Broad Law Center
  • University School


In addition to its colleges, schools and centers, NSU has several research and professional education institutes that include:

  • Brief Therapy Institute
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • The Eye Institute
  • Guy Harvey Research Institute
  • Hudson Institute of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
  • Huizenga Sales Institute
  • International Institute for Franchise Education
  • The Language Institute
  • Lifelong Learning Institute
  • National Coral Reef Institute
  • Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research

Student Life

More than 70 student clubs and organizations are available on the NSU campus.  There is also a strong student government program, several active fraternities and sororities, and intramural sports, among other activities.  More information about how to get involved in a campus program is available at the NSU Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement.

In addition, the Campus Recreation Department offers many on-campus fitness and wellness classes such as spinning and Pilates, among others.

Student housing is available on campus, all rooms with private bathrooms and wireless Internet service, and there are many on-campus dining services available as well.

Athletics

The "Sharks" athletic teams of Nova Southeaster University compete in 17 intercollegiate sports, with 10 women's and 7 men's teams that include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main, Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus in Florida, NSU has satellite campuses at the following locations:

  • East Campus, Fort Lauderdale, FL (six miles from the main campus)
  • Oceanographic Center Campus, Dania Beach, FL
  • North Miami Beach Campus, North Miami Beach, FL

In addition to its satellite campuses, NSU has several "Student Education Centers" that allow students to study through a combination of online learning, video conferencing and onsite access to NSU staff and learning resources.  NSU has Student Education Centers in the following locations:

  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Miramar, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Palm Beach, FL
  • Tampa, FL

Community Life

South Florida has a very warm, temperate climate that makes it easy to enjoy outdoor recreation. The areas around NSU offer opportunities to enjoy hiking, biking fishing, boating, windsurfing and concerts and festivals.  There are beaches, or the Florida Everglades, within 15-30 minutes of the main campus.  Many sports arenas, restaurants, shopping spots and entertainment venues are available in the area.

Acceptance Rate

80.1

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

FSU, a public institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Big Rapids, Michigan, the school offers a rural setting for students to study in. Approximately fourteen thousand students are enrolled annually at FSU.

Students may choose from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. Most students admitted to FSU score in-between 19 to 24 on the ACT exam. 77% of students that apply are accepted to this school, of which 32 percent choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The tuition at Ferris State University varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay around $11,000 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $17,000 per year. Some students at FSU may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans.

The mascot for Ferris State University is the "Bulldogs", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.ferris.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

86.64

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

University of the Incarnate Word is a nonprofit private institution located in San Antonio, Texas and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 7,200 students are enrolled per year at UIW.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Education
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the school. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 860 to 1080 for the SAT exam and in a range of 17 to 23 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to UIW. This school accepts roughly 90 percent of students applying annually. Of those admitted, around 31 percent attended the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $25,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $6,300 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals participate in several athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Sports available may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students should visit the University of the Incarnate Word website to obtain a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

93.77

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Northeastern State University is a public institution located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Over nine thousand students enroll at NSU per year.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Northeastern State University offers:

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Most students admitted to NSU score in a range of 18 - 23 on the ACT. NSU has an acceptance rate of around 54% of which only 69% chose to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at offices.nsuok.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay approximately $5,100 and nonresidents pay $12,000 for the year. Student housing is available for students, which costs around $2,600 for the year. Students attending Northeastern State University may qualify for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Northeastern State University "RiverHawks" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Available sports offered may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, student services, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.nsuok.edu.

Acceptance Rate

99.61

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Top Optometry Degrees

Students seeking to enter the field of optometry will need to obtain a graduate degree.  Graduate degrees in optometry include a number of programs with differing objectives and outcomes.  The degree programs below provide prospective students with an overview of the degree options.  Investing the time today to learn more about each program will help put you on the right path and set you up for success.  Degree tracks optometry include the following options:

Four-Year OD Degree

The 4-year degree program in optometry is conferred as a Doctor of Optometry known as a OD.  An OD degree is designed for qualifying students in an effort to streamline the degree process.  Students will gain strong foundational knowledge in visual science along with clinical and biomedical sciences. OD programs are broken down into segments with the first three years spend in class, labs, seminars, and clinics.  Classes include a variation of: anatomy and physiology, ocular anatomy, cellular biology, clinical reasoning, color vision, ocular disease principles, neuroanatomy, optics, visual sensation, vision health care, vision perception, and advanced optometry.  The final year of the 4-year OD program is spent in clinical rotations.  Most schools require students to alternate between primary care, advanced care, and specialty care clinics.  Variety and exposure to each clinic type will help prepare students for variations in the workplace.

Accelerated Optometric Degree

An accelerated optometric degree track is a 2-year program created for working professionals or students that already hold a MD or PhD in medicine or science.  Coursework is intense and science-rich that prepares professionals for a career in optometry.  Accelerated degrees in optometry are almost exclusively full-time programs with the demanding coursework and schedule of the program.  At the conclusion of the coursework and clinical rotations, students will be prepared to enter the field of optometry in a clinical, educational, or research capacity.

Master’s in Vision Science

A Master of Vision Science degree is conferred as a MS degree.  Master of Vision Science is an alternative to the 4-year OD program.  MS degrees are typically completed in 2-years for qualified students.  Generally the master in vision science will blend graduate-level courses with lectures, seminars, research projects, and a thesis.  Fusing problem-solving skills with analytical thinking is a requirement of students to be successful.  Core classes in the MS program will generally include: optics, advanced visual sensation, cell biology, visual perception, histology, ocular anatomy, research and biostatistics, advanced imaging, eye growth, myopia, development of vision, visual neurophysiology, and emmetropization.

MS/OD Dual Degree

Dual degrees are available at select colleges and universities.  Master of Vision Science and Doctor of Optometry is a dual degree for students who want to enter the master’s program and study to earn an OD.  Typically the MS/OD dual degree program can be completed in 4-years with modifications to the four-year program.  Core curriculum overlaps between the MS and OD programs including labs, seminars, research, and thesis projects.   Classes will include very similar classes to the OD and MS tracks such as biostatistics, cell biology, optics, advanced imaging, and similar courses.

PhD/OD Dual Degree

The PhD and OD dual degree program is a unique program in the field of optometry.  Conceptually, the degree blends the requirements of a OD degree with requisite curriculum of a post-master’s degree in optometry.  In the first three years of the PhD/OD dual degree program, students will follow the OD degree track.  The fourth and final year of the degree will focus on post-master’s PhD classes.  Areas of emphasis in the PhD program can include: pathology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, behavioral neuroscience, biochemistry, biophysics, biomedical neuroscience, genetics, microbiology, immunology, molecular medicine, or translational medicine.

Employment Opportunities in Optometry

A career in optometry requires individuals to gauge the strength of their patients' vision, provide care, and check for ocular diseases that may occur. For some, a career can result in specialization, providing eye care for a particular group, such as patients with low vision, post-operative care, or children. Optometrists may also pursue careers in research and development. Most optometrists own their own practice, while others may find employment with large businesses or in treatment centers.

All states require optometrists to be licensed, which involves passing marks on the National Boards in Optometry and a doctor of optometry degree. Some states may issue an additional examination, and many states will require continuing education courses in order to maintain their license.

Job Outlook and Career Outlook for Optometrists

Job growth in optometry is expected to increase very rapidly compared to other jobs, but will have only a small number of new jobs due to the low number of optometrists in general. The demand for optometrists is expected to increase due to an aging population of baby boomers. The average salary for optometrists is approximately $95,000 per year. Individuals interested in optometry may also wish to consider ophthalmology technician (OT) or dispensing optician. Additionally, the AOA and the NOA provide trade-specific resources and research publications to member optometrists around the country.

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