Doctor of Optometry (OD)

School of Optometry

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

As an optometrist, you have the power to help patients improve their vision and see the world through a brighter lens.

An Innovative Approach to Comprehensive Eye Care

In this full-time, four-year program on the MCPHS Worcester campus, you will learn to work with patients of all ages to provide eye care and promote vision health. Through cutting-edge instructional technologies in both classroom and clinical environments, including the MCPHS Eye and Vision Center, you will diagnose and manage a wide range of conditions affecting the eye. Interested in public health? We offer a dual-degree program that enables you to earn both a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Doctor of Optometry. Explore the dual degree program.

Your Four-Year Journey

Our expert faculty and advanced equipment provide an exceptional learning experience and the opportunity to explore a variety of clinical specialties.

First-Year Experience

  • gain a foundational knowledge of optometry theory, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology
  • engage in classroom and lab work that explores the theories and methods of optometry
  • learn how to examine patients and develop basic professional competencies in a variety of clinical settings

Second-Year Experience

  • advance your knowledge of optometry theory and methods through class and lab work
  • participate in primary care clinics and increase your exposure to patients in The Eye and Vision Center at MCPHS and our affiliated community health-center clinics
  • learn about the diagnosis and management of eye disease
  • begin studies of binocular vision, pathophysiology, neuro-optometry, glaucoma, vision therapy, and contact lenses

Third-Year Experience

  • study pediatric and geriatric optometry, research and statistical methods, optometry practice and management, and public health
  • complete an online clinical seminar
  • participate in specialty care services at The Eye and Vision Center and continue to provide vision care to individuals in our affiliated community health-center clinics

Fourth-Year Experience

  • participate in three 16-week externship rotations that will introduce you to a variety of patient-care experiences
  • explore specialty opportunities through a range of clinical settings including community health centers, VAs, military bases, and private practices

Inside the MCPHS Optometry Experience

See how a family environment, external rotation opportunities, and devoted faculty prepare MCPHS optometry students for success.
MCPHS optometry

A Brighter Future for Your Patients—and You

When you graduate with a Doctor of Optometry degree from MCPHS, you will be equipped with everything you need to forge a competitive career in a world with a growing need for your skills.

$118,050 median salary for optometrists 2022

U.S. News & World Report

#1 Best Optometry School

In New England, as ranked by College Factual.

Optometry ranks #13

In a 2022 U.S. News & World Report ranking of best healthcare jobs.

Melissa Atencio

Student Spotlight: Melissa Atencio

Melissa Atencio, OD/MPH, understands how important the role of optometrists can be in the lives of children who experience vision problems.

Pathway to a Career in Optometry

A doctoral degree is necessary for a career as an optometrist, but if you have not yet earned your bachelor’s degree, we offer an accelerated Pathway program.

Bachelor of Science in Premedical Health Studies — Optometry Pathway (BS/OD)

Full-time program on the Boston campus.