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Clinical and Patient Care

Experience Extensive and Diverse Clinical Training

Clinical education and patient care is an integral part of the NECO experience. We have created a vast purpose-built clinical network comprised of the most diverse clinical settings in the country to provide opportunities for students to experience it all. This allows you to have an education anchored in comprehensive clinical training, where you learn not only from a distinguished faculty, but also from the patients you serve. This helps give you the confidence, skill, and knowledge to practice effectively and expertly anywhere in the world.

Comprehensive Training

Student ChartThrough serving clinical rotations at various locations both within our clinical network and beyond, students are able to experience a wide variety of patient care needs through their training while being mentored by experienced clinical faculty from New England College of Optometry and other seasoned professionals. Clinical placements during the first few years utilize the NECO Clinical Network and cover a range of different services such as low vision, pediatrics, contact lens and cornea care, vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, and individuals with disabilities. The final year of the program involves four externship rotations available at placements throughout the US, and in Canada, China, and the United Kingdom.

Diverse Clinical Network

The New England College of Optometry (NECO) Clinical Network manages all College-owned patient care operations and maintains liaisons through professional service agreements with other clinical training sites in the Boston area.  The NECO Clinical Network includes our flagship comprehensive vision centers - NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth and Roslindale, as well as our clinical affiliates and community partnerships.  Throughout the clinical network, our students work with clinical faculty to improve the visual health of diverse populations through excellence in collaborative and community-oriented patient care, education, and research.