Where You’ll Train

NECO is firmly dedicated to its community-based clinical training model. This model comes with a commitment to creating an extensive network of clinical sites that provide experiences with varied patient and clinical conditions, clinic models, and diverse communities.

With community-based clinic sites, you’ll be able to develop critical skills and understanding of cross-cultural competence and social determinants of health.

A national role model in clinical education

The set of clinical training sites provide exposure to a multitude of systems, conditions, and collaborative care relationships in the healthcare system.

Clinical Training Center

We believe allowing students to train with a variety of systems and tools allows them to become agile in their approach and better prepared to integrate new innovations in optometry in the future.

Exterior of the Martha Eliot Community Health Center building, where NECO operates an eye clinic.

Community-based Clinics

We believe that for students to become great clinicians, they have to understand the communities they’re working in. As a national role model in community-based clinical training programs, students gain deep experience providing eye care in community health centers.

Exterior of NECO's Commonwealth Avenue office building.

NECO Center for Eye Care

NECO’s own comprehensive eye centers are equipped the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Students have the chance to learn from experts in myopia management, low vision rehabilitation, contact lenses, dry eye, pediatrics, and vision therapy.

Group of award winners stand holding their plaques

Community Health + Clinical Training

Massachusetts Community Health Centers and NECO celebrate 50 years of providing eye care for all