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3+4 Optometry

The Department of Biology offers a combined degree program with the New England College of Optometry.  This program allows completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology and the doctor of optometry degree in seven years.

The Optometry program is designed for the highly motivated student with a professional goal in optometry.  It allows for completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology and the O.D. degree (doctor of optometry) in seven years, rather than the usual eight.

The first three years at Providence College offer a blend of liberal arts, basic, and biological sciences which will prepare students for professional study.  The next four years at New England College of Optometry (NECO) provide the course work required to complete the Providence College baccalaureate degree as well as the professional training required for the doctoral degree in optometry.

The combined program is designed for the academically outstanding student, especially in math and science, who has a strong and realistic motivation toward the optometric profession.  All applicants are interviewed by representatives of Providence College and the New England College of Optometry.

For detailed information on this program, please see the online undergraduate catalog.


Location: Sowa Hall 236
Phone: 401-865-2585
Fax: 401-865-1438

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