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The College of Optometry is very pleased to announce that it has been granted the accreditation classification of “Accredited” by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, retroactive to February 6, 2013.


The College of Optometry offers an innovative Doctor of Optometry program that emphasizes optometric rehabilitation including neuro-optometry. This emerging specialty helps patients who have visual and perceptual problems as a result of brain injury, stroke, physical disability or neurological illness. Our emphasis on optometric rehabilitation also includes vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, and care for vulnerable populations such as those with developmental disabilities.

Why choose WesternU? We offer you:

As a WesternU graduate, you will also be prepared for full scope optometric practice. Whether you choose to work in a private or group practice, a hospital-based setting, community clinics, or any other setting, you will be prepared for a rewarding career helping people to improve their vision and to maintain and restore their eye health.

  • A small, private, health-focused institution that fosters interprofessional learning
  • Early clinical training that develops professional and communication skills
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Consistently high graduation, retention and first-time board pass rates in existing programs – we expect the OD program to be no exception!
  • Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students as colleagues; and fostering camaraderie among students
  • Outstanding student support services including tutoring and disability resources
  • Diverse student body and rich array of student clubs and volunteer opportunities
  • Great Southern California location with tremendous clinical training opportunities as well as access to major cultural and recreational resources

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Learn about the profession from ASCO

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) offers resources to future optometrists. Please take a moment to read their True Stories flipbook to learn more about the difference you can make in people’s lives. You may also access more information directly at:


WesternU's College of Optometry was granted the accreditation classification of "Accredited" by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) on February 6, 2013. To learn more, visit our accreditation page

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