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Academic Departments

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At NECO, the curriculum is organized and delivered through four academic departments, as well as the departments of Graduate Studies and Clinical Education to support MS in Vision Science and dual OD/MS and OD/PhD programs and clinical work.

Biomedical Science and Disease

Department Chair: Steven Koevary, PhD
Courses provide the student with an understanding of the normal and abnormal structure and function of the human organism, including a background in fundamental anatomical, biochemical, and biophysical mechanisms; physiological, immunological, and pathological processes; and the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular disease.

Primary Care

Department Chair: Aurora Denial, OD
This department provides classroom education, technical workshops, and clinical training to help students develop their patient care skills and to understand the role of optometric care within the greater health care delivery system.

Specialty and Advanced Care

Department Chair: Stacy Lyons, OD
Courses and clinical programs in this department encompass the specific background, skills, clinical insights, and patient-management capabilities required of optometrists within the specialized clinical realm of contact lenses, low vision, pediatric optometry, and binocular vision.

Vision Science

Department Chair: Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD
Courses lead to an understanding of the theory and application of optics, the structure and function of the normal and abnormal visual system, and the mechanics of human visual perception. To that end, the content of the vision science curriculum is presented within four general areas: optics, vision testing, binocular vision and visual neuroscience.

Graduate Studies

Director of Graduate Studies: Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD
The College offers a stand-alone MS in Vision Science degree to students interested in performing original research in vision science. NECO students can also apply for and be accepted into a dual degree program to receive their MS or PhD as they work towards their OD degree. Students accepted into the graduate programs receive a broad background in vision science and strong training in research. Learn more about Graduate Studies at NECO.

Clinical Education

Director of Clinical Education: Erik Weissberg, OD
Clinical education is a cornerstone of the NECO experience. Coursework moves from an introduction to patient care as student clinicians and proficiency in doctor-patient communications to specific assignments in our clinical network and affiliated health centers. Students receive hands-on training by working directly with affiliated faculty at the clinics, schools, and centers as they provide comprehensive eye care to the community. Learn more about New England Eye.