Recent ACOE Accreditation Actions

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July 23, 2018

At its June 20-23, 2018 meeting in Denver, Colorado, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education took the following actions: (Note: Date in parenthesis is the date of the next currently scheduled evaluation visit to the programs. Depending on the outcomes of annual reports, progress reports, interim visits, substantive program changes and other significant events affecting a program, the Council may decide to schedule a full on-site evaluation visit before the original accreditation period is complete. The accreditation period is eight years for professional optometric degree and optometric residency programs and seven years for optometric technician programs.) 

Basis for ACOE Decisions

1. Preaccreditation Actions

Classification of "Preliminary Approval" granted following a full evaluation visit:

None

Classification of "Preliminary Approval" continued following a full evaluation visit:

A. Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program (2019);

B. University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program (2019);

2. Initial Accreditation

Classification of "Accredited" granted to the following programs following a full evaluation visit:

A. Arkansas Vision Development Center Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Optometry which is affiliated with University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (2026);

B. Atlantic Eye Physicians Residency in Ocular Disease which is affiliated with State University of New York College of Optometry (2026);

C. Cherry Health, Heart of the City Health Center Residency in Community Health and Primary Care which is affiliated with Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry (2026);

D. Eyecare Associates, P.C. Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation which is affiliated with State University of New York College of Optometry (2026);

E. Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease which is affiliated with Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry (2026);

F. Newsom Eye Residency in Ocular Disease and Ocular/Refractive Surgery which is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (2026);

G. University of Houston, College of Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease at Community Eye Clinic Ft. Worth (2026);

H. University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens (2026);

I. University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation (2026);

J. University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy (2026);

K. University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science Residency in Ocular Disease-Glaucoma (2026);

L. VA Portland HCS-Salem CBOC Residency in Primary Eye Care which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2026);

M. Vance Thompson Vision Residency in Ocular Disease/Refractive and Ocular Surgery which is affiliated with Illinois College of Optometry (2026);

Classification of "Accredited with Conditions" granted to the following program following a full evaluation visit:

A. University of Virginia Ophthalmology Department Residency in Ocular Disease with Emphasis in Contact Lenses which is affiliated with Indiana University School of Optometry (2019);

3.  Continuing Accreditation

Classification of "Accredited" continued following a full evaluation visit:

A. Child and Family Optometry Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2026);

B. Dorn VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2026);

C. Eye Care Associates of Nevada Residency in Ocular Disease/Refractive and Ocular Surgery which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2026);

D. Family Eyecare Associates, P.C. Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2026);

E. Jack C. Montgomery VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2026);

F. Miami VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care with Emphasis in Ocular Disease which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry (2026);

G. New York Harbor Health Care System Residency in Ocular Disease / Primary Eye Care Optometry which is affiliated with State University of New York College of Optometry (2026);

H. Ochsner Medical Center Residency in Hospital-Based Primary Eye Care which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2026);

I. Providence VAMC Residency in Primary Care/Ocular Disease which is affiliated with New England College of Optometry (2026);

J. Southern College of Optometry Residency in Cornea/Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery (2026);

K. Southern College of Optometry Residency in Pediatric and Visual Rehabilitation Optometry (2026);

L. University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry Residency in Family Practice Optometry (2026);

M. White River Junction, VT VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease which is affiliated with New England College of Optometry (2026);

Classification of "Accredited" continued following an interim evaluation visit:

None

Classification of "Accredited with Conditions" granted following a full evaluation visit:

None

Classification of "Accredited with Conditions" raised to "Accredited" following a full evaluation visit:

A. MCPHS University School of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program (2020);

4.  Reconsideration of Accreditation Denial

None

5. Withdrawal of accreditation by ACOE

None

6.  Voluntary withdrawal of accreditation 

None

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