Throughout your education, we provide opportunities for you to discover your passion in the field and to prepare for the ever-changing field of healthcare. Our professional program has the flexibility for students to tailor their experience, exploring the specialties within optometry and pursuing concentrations, advanced degrees, research opportunities, and studies with industry leaders.
Applying to NECO
We recruit and admit socially minded, intellectually curious, and compassionate students with the demonstrated academic credentials and interpersonal competencies necessary to achieve excellence in the practice of optometry. Learn more about our specific degree programs, prerequisite requirements, and optometry as a career.
All applicants to four-year optometric programs utilize the OptomCAS web application process. Upon submission, the Admissions Committee reviews applications and selected candidates are invited to come to the College for an interview. Admissions decisions are finalized within three weeks of the interview. ASIP and AODP candidates submit their applications directly to the Admissions Office.
When you become a student at NECO, you join a vibrant academic community that values a patient-centered, scientifically-based curriculum. You become a part of Boston’s innovative educational and medical community. You create lifelong relationships with fellow students, faculty, alumni, and our institution. Our success is predicated on the success of our students and alumni – as exemplary practitioners of optometry, as thought leaders in their profession, and as inspired doctors dedicated to the advancement of visual and ocular health in the communities they serve.
The admissions process is an investment we make in each other. Employment of optometrists continues to grow, and more optometrists will be needed to meet the health needs of an aging population. NECO is preparing the next generation of optometrists, eager to navigate the future of health and patient care, and dedicated to the highest standards of our profession.
I chose NECO for many reasons. First, there was the allure of the clinical program- I wanted to immerse myself in the patient care experience as soon as possible and in a diverse environment and that's exactly what NECO offers. Second, there is the city of Boston, a young, fun, beautiful city with a lot of culture to offer.