New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
 
 
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Clinical Education

The New England College of Optometry offers a superior clinical education that introduces the aspiring optometrist to a richly diverse patient base in a variety of settings.  The clinical curriculum starts in the first year with the pediatric outreach screening program.  Students participate in a variety of health care settings in the second year as part of the Clerkship Program.  The third year of the program emphasizes increased patient care responsibilities with assignments in community health centers, college-owned clinical facilities, private practices, and Veterans Affairs hospitals.  The final year of the program is spent in year-round full time patient care assignments.  Students work under the careful supervision of faculty mentors who help them hone their clinical skills and develop expertise in specialty areas of interest.  They work in clinical environments that familiarize them with contemporary health care models that emphasize visual health through community-based collaborations.