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

State-of-the-Art Eye and Vision Center at MCPHS

At our Eye and Vision Center, skilled optometrists work with students to provide comprehensive care to the Worcester community.

Learn more about the center

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.