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Inspiring Students to Practice and Innovate

We prepare our students to become outstanding Doctors of Optometry who exemplify professionalism and compassion in the communities they serve. The curriculum optimizes the synergistic relationship between the didactic and clinical experience. We deliver the didactic and clinical curriculum by utilizing both traditional and innovative pedagogical practices to ensure a learning experience that is student-centered and engaging. NECO fosters an ethos that celebrates inquiry, collaboration, and life-long learning, all of which serve to attract and retain high quality faculty, students, and staff.

Preparing Students for the Future

Great optometrists understand the people and communities they serve, the ever-changing health care system, and new technologies for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision and visual disorders related to disease. They work to preserve and enhance vision and the overall health of the public.

Providing a Rigorous Education

NECO’s academic programs and clinical rotations are rigorous and will challenge you as a student and clinician serving your patients. The curriculum at NECO is designed and continually enhanced to reflect the evolving needs of the optometric profession and public. NECO combines classroom learning with extensive work in a variety of health care settings.

Anchoring Academics with Clinical Experience

As a student at NECO, your distinctive educational and clinical experiences will also be strengthened by our Boston location, our patient care affiliate New England Eye, and through our relationships with our network of community health centers, the VA Healthcare System and others, who partner with us to provide optometry services to diverse patient populations. These comprehensive clinical experiences are combined with forward-looking and relevant classroom instruction to anchor basic science concepts and principles. Your experience in the clinics and in the classrooms becomes mutually reinforcing opportunities to learn, explore, and hone your abilities as a doctor of optometry.

Cultivating Compassionate Leaders

NECO’s educational platform is guided by our belief that exemplary optometrists are compassionate and skilled practitioners, thoughtful collaborators, innovative diagnosticians and lifelong learners. Our graduates enter the practice of optometry with the highest degree of proficiency, integrity and professionalism with the skills to work in an inter-professional healthcare environment.

Influencing the Next Generation of Optometrists

NECO graduates have been advancing the profession of optometry for over a century and that trend continues today. Your NECO education is designed to develop you into a highly qualified optometrist, confident in your ability to serve your patients, build your practice and navigate the technological, legislative, and economic forces impacting healthcare delivery.