What are some optometry schools in Florida?


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As of 2016, there is one school of optometry in Florida: Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Nova Southeastern University is a member of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Other schools of optometry in the United States are the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Missouri at St. Louis; Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California; and New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Nova Southeastern University's College of Optometry offers two degree programs, the Master of Science and Doctor of Optometry. The Doctor of Optometry is a four-year program and includes courses such as Contemporary Issues in Optometry, Visual Neurophysiology, Introduction to Binocular Vision, General Pathology and Ocular Pharmacology. The fourth year consists of a series of clinical externships in areas such as primary care, pediatrics, vision rehabilitation and surgical care. The Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research is a two-year program conducted online and is geared toward students interested in research.

As of 2016, Nova Southeastern University requires all applicants to the Doctor of Optometry to earn a grade of at least 2.0 in a series of required prerequisite courses, including calculus, biochemistry, English and microbiology. Applicants must also take the Optometry Admission Test, submit letters of recommendation and graduate from a bachelor degree program with at least a 2.8 grade point average.

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