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All applicants to four-year optometric programs now utilize the OptomCAS web application process. Using one, centralized process, applicants can enter their data through OptomCAS and utilize the system to apply to various optometric colleges. Upon submission, the Admissions Committee reviews applications against NECO admission standards. Selected candidates are invited to come to the College for an interview. Personal interviews are required for admission. Admissions decisions are finalized within three weeks of the interview. ASIP and AODP candidates submit their applications directly to the Admissions Office.

Which program is right for you?

NECO offers a variety of programs for students to obtain their OD degree, a dual OD/MS or OD/PhD degrees, an Accelerated Optometric Degree for medical doctors and scientists interested in becoming optometrists, an Advanced Standing International Program for international optometrists or medical professionals,  and an international MS/OD China Program.  

  • Four-year Doctor of Optometry Degree Program
    The core of the College is the four-year OD program which provides students with a strong foundation in the visual, biomedical and clinical sciences, which are then integrated through a rich and diverse patient care experience. 
  • Accelerated Optometric Degree Program
    This program is designed for medical doctors and/or scientists who wish to become doctors of optometry. 
  • Advanced Standing International Program
    This program was designed for graduates of foreign optometry programs who may apply for admission with advanced standing to the Doctor of Optometry degree program. 
  • M.S./O.D. China Program
    This program combines the AODP curriculum and the Master of Science degree with joint clinical externships that include six months in Boston based rotations and six months at Wenzhou Medical College. 
  • MS in Vision Science Degree
    A stand-alone degree program designed for candidates who wish to earn a MS degree without enrolling in the College’s OD degree program. 
  • OD/MS Degree Program
    A dual degree program is designed for optometry students who wish to earn a MS degree while studying for the Doctor of Optometry degree. 
  • OD/PhD Degree Program
    A combined Doctor of Optometry and PhD degree program between NECO and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at the Boston University School of Medicine. 

Need more information about the program requirements and payments?

  • Academic Program Requirements
    Candidates for the degree programs must complete specific prerequisite coursework. Learn more about prequisities, the OAT test, BS in Optometry, TOEFL, and Transfer requirements.
  • Admissions Payments
    Prospective students may pay their supplemental application fee by check on online.

I chose NECO because of the opportunities to go into clinic early in my optometric career. I started doing full examinations the winter semester my second year, and the early exposure has allowed me to mature all the more quickly as a clinician.

-Stacy Hu, OD/MS Class of 2015