The combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Optometry (BS/OD) program between the University of Hartford (UH) and the New England College of Optometry (NECO) provides a unique opportunity for students with career goals in optometry. The accelerated program typically allows for the completion of the BS/OD degrees in a seven-year period. The BS/OD program is for the academically outstanding student with a strong, realistic motivation toward the optometric profession. Initial study at the University of Hartford allows the student to complete the general education and basic science requirements for the BS Health Science degree, and the prerequisites necessary for professional study. The BS degree is awarded by the University of Hartford following the successful completion of the first year of graduate study. Students who are not in the accelerated program typically complete the BS degree in four years at the University of Hartford.
The optometry program requires four years of combined academic and clinical training leading to the OD degree, which is a prerequisite for licensure eligibility in the United States. The New England College of Optometry provides students with an accredited four-year professional optometry curriculum.
Accreditation The University of Hartford is accredited by the Board of Higher Education of the State of Connecticut and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The New England College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation) and NEASC.