Patient Care IIIb (PC32126)
This sequence of courses gives students direct patient care experience and responsibilities in affiliated health centers, Veterans Affairs hospitals, private practices, or in the New England College of Optometry (NECO) operated clinical system, the NECO Clinical Network. Clinical preceptors will evaluate and guide the student through the process of providing eye care. Students are graded on key clinical components: technical skills, knowledge base, analytical skills, diagnostic skills, management and treatment, communication skills, efficiency, attitude, and professionalism. The students are evaluated with a midterm progress report and a final evaluation, and receive a final clinical grade (honors, pass, remedial, or fail) at the end of each term based on meeting all of the requirements and on clinical performance. The requirements include fulfilling immunizations, CPR training, HIPAA training, and submitting clinical observation forms, log forms, and preceptor evaluations.
The Office of Clinical Education monitors the quality and quantity of patient encounters for each student. Through the clinical assignments, students will gain proficiency in full-scope optometric patient care. Students develop clinical reasoning skills by integrating technical and didactic knowledge with diverse patient encounters ranging from simple to complex.