Your optometry education is an important decision; that’s why NECO makes every course, clinical exercise, and community interaction count.
With degree options, range of concentrations, a variety of clinical experiences, and other professional and service opportunities, you can tailor your NECO education to fit your career goals.
We prepare doctors for the practice of optometry today—and to adapt to new technologies and evolving patient expectations for the future.
Doctor of Optometry (4 year program)
A strong foundation in visual, biomedical, and clinical sciences integrated with rich, diverse patient care experiences.
Our unique elective program provides the opportunity for advanced education in an area of personal interest with options for pursuing a postgraduate education.
Accelerated OD Program
The AODP program is designed for scientists and physicians who have a doctoral-level science or medical degree. This 36-month program includes a full year of clinical rotations, engaging in full time patient care.
Advanced Standing International Program
Our two-year OD program (ASIP) is for graduates of an international optometry program. Graduates bring their new knowledge and skills back to their countries, where many go on to assume leadership roles or advocate for legislation to expand the scope of practice in their countries.
MS in Vision Science
A two-year, research-driven graduate program designed to prepare you for competitive residencies or expand academic and industry career opportunities.
MS/OD China Program
A unique joint degree program through a partnership with China’s Wenzhou Medical University. Students are provided with the credentials needed to assume positions of leadership in China’s medical education and health care systems.
OD/MS Dual Degree Program
Earn an MS in Vision Science while studying for the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. This dual degree is completed within the time frame of the four-year OD degree program and involves modifications to the course sequence.
OD/PhD Dual Degree Program
Students complete the first three years of the 4-year OD program and then begin the post-Master’s PhD curriculum at Boston University School of Medicine.
Leading the Profession
NECO faculty members are active researchers, respected clinicians, and industry leaders. They publish in journals, present at conferences, and practice in a range of healthcare and community settings.
actively provide care at Boston-area health centers.
Significant scholarly activity
… in areas such as myopia development, low vision rehabilitation, color vision, and pediatric eye conditions.
you'll have completed at the end of four years.
Engaged in your success
Ben Young, OD, FAAO
Helping students to become more confident in their knowledge base and technical skills. Often students enter NECO knowing very little about the eye, but they transform into working and thinking clinicians. Students often don’t realize how much they have grown themselves, but it is a pleasure to watch as a professor.
- Assistant Professor of Optometry Areas of Expertise: Ocular Disease, Primary Eye Care
Our Innovative Learning Spaces
NECO is home to thousands of square feet of high-tech classrooms, well-equipped research labs, interactive exam bays, and full-service clinics–plus a library and lots of quiet study spaces.