How the OD Program Helps Students Achieve These Learning Objectives

The college uses various teaching, delivery, and assessment methods to help students meet the programmatic learning objectives and apply them for effective patient care.

  • Each course in the OD curriculum identifies learning objectives that support attainment of the program learning objectives
  • Assessment of student knowledge and competencies supports attainment of the program learning objectives
  • Students having academic difficulties are given assistance and provided opportunities for remediation to help them fulfill course and clinical requirements
  • Preclinical courses, in which students learn clinical skills and procedures, have laboratories that support and assess the development of these skills and procedures using high fidelity simulators or actual clinical instrumentation where students perform procedures on each other or actual patients
  • Students participate in clinical patient care starting in the first year with clinical responsibilities increasing as the student develops competency
  • During the entire third professional year and at least one quarter of the fourth year, students render direct patient care in the UEC under the supervision of members of clinical faculty
    • Students spend most of the third year in the Primary Care Clinic
    • Third year students have small group integrative seminars with supervisors built into their primary care assignment to discuss current cases and clinical management
    • Students rotate through the UEC’s various specialty clinics
    • The student to doctor ratio is generally 3:1 in third year and 4:1 in fourth year.
  • The fourth year is divided into 4 quarters with students typically assigned to external sites for at least three of these quarters.
  • Externship rotations are designed to provide each student with comprehensive clinical experience in:
    • Refractive error evaluation and management
    • Motor, sensory, and perceptual dysfunction
    • Ocular disease and trauma
    • Interprofessional collaborative care
  • Student clinical performance is assessed with respect to clinical learning objectives that derive from the curricular learning objectives. Students are assessed on:
    • Patient care abilities including technical skills, data interpretation and case management
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Professional and ethical behavior