The Accelerated Optometric Degree Program is designed for medical doctors and/or scientists who wish to become doctors of optometry.
Applicants to the AODP must hold doctorate level degrees in a science or medicine. Applicants demonstrate high scholarship in previous graduate study, as well as a firm career commitment to optometry.
Please note: The AODP program is currently under internal review with start dates and changes to the format of the program in discussion. We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. NECO is currently accepting applications by September 15 for the AODP program, but it is very unlikely the program will start in February 2019. A revised program may proceed later in 2019 or may be put on hold until details are confirmed for 2020. In the event the program does not run during the 2019 calendar year, we will hold applications for review for the following cycle and advise applicants on a case-by-case basis.
All application and required credentials/application requirements (transcripts, test scores, etc.) must be completed and received by the Office of Admissions on or before September 15.
Final decisions for acceptance are made by November 15 of the year preceding matriculation in February.
Applicants are invited for interviews on an individual basis, after all parts of the AODP application have been submitted. In most cases, an interview is required for admission to the program. When the applicant is unable to come to the College for an interview, a phone call or Internet-based video interview may be substituted in its place. All invitations for interviews will be handled by the NECO Office of Admissions.
Support During the Application Process
The NECO admissions staff is committed to assisting all students who express an interest in submitting an application to the College. Candidates will receive periodic updates on the state of their applications throughout the process. Please feel free to contact a member of our staff with any questions during the application process.