New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
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Exemption from Clinical Courses

There is no exemption from or substitutions for clinical courses involving patient care (See paragraph below with regard to contact lens clinical courses).  Students will be assigned only to clinical assignments that have been previously established by formal affiliation with the College. The Office of Clinical Education publishes a list of clinical affiliates annually.

A student may be exempt from contact lens clinical courses only.  If the instructor of record finds that the student has sufficient educational background and/or clinical experience, the student may be exempted from the contact lens clinical course.  If the student is granted an exemption, the instructor of record must notify the Registrar and the student in writing by the end of the third week of the beginning of the contact lens clinical course.  The student is required to attend the contact lens clinical course and/or assignment until receiving written notification of exemption. An exemption from a contact lens clinical course/assignment does not entail a change in tuition.