Basis for ACOE Decisions

Consistent with ACOE policy, the ACOE publishes the following information about accreditation and pre-accreditation decisions:   

  • the type of program (professional optometric degree, optometric residency, or optometric technician);

  • the program's sponsor, and in the case of an optometric residency not sponsored by a school or college of optometry, the name of the affiliated optometric institution;

  • accreditation status or action;

  • the year of the next currently scheduled site visit; and

  • the Council's summary of compliance with the standards, which specifies the Council's basis for any final decision. Updates to the summary of compliance will be published in subsequent reports of ACOE meeting actions when the ACOE determines that the standards are met.


Definitions

At its Oct. 27-29, 2017 fall meeting in Saint Louis, Missouri, 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.)  

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

A. ChuVision Institute Residency in Refractive and Ocular Surgery, which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

B. Eye Associates of New Mexico Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to a recommendation to meet Standard II.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part The level (direct, precepting or observational) of resident's involvement in patient care is not present in the patient logs. (2.2.1)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


C. ICON P.C. Residency in Refractive and Ocular Surgery/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I and II.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part The program’s mission statement does not accurately portray the resident’s activities. (1.1)
II. Curriculum Met in Part The resident’s daily log does not accurately track the number of patient encounters related to the program’s goals and objectives. (2.2.1)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


D. John Kenyon American Eye Institute Residency in Ocular Disease/Refractive Surgery, which is affiliated with Indiana University School of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I and II.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part There are no objectives listed for Goal 8. (1.3)
II. Curriculum Met in Part The resident's level of involvement in patient care is not properly documented in the patient log. (2.2.1)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

E. Kaiser Permanente Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I, III and V.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part Not all faculty interacting with the resident on a weekly basis have been evaluated semi-annually by the resident. (1.5.3)
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met in Part The program does not adhere to its requirements for program completion and timely awarding of certificate. (3.6)
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met in Part The program's published criteria for residency completion are not accurate. (5.1.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met



F. Lynn Community Health Center Residency in Community Health Optometry, which is affiliated with New England College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

G. The Ohio State University College of Optometry Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

H. University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind Residency in Low-Vision and Vision Rehabilitation (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to a recommendation to meet Standard II.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part Insufficient number of low vision patient encounters. (2.2)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

 

I. Vision Center of West Phoenix Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with University of Houston, College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards II and V.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part The resident's patient log forms do not clearly indicate the resident's level of involvement. (2.2.1)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met in Part Residency publications are inconsistent regarding completion requirements. (5.1.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met



J. Womack Army Medical Center Residency in Vision Rehabilitation/Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with State University of New York College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards II and V.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part Supervision policy lacks clear guidance on level of supervision and its link to demonstrated competence. (2.3)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met in Part Requirements for completion expressed differently in different publications. (5.2.6)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met



Continuing Accreditation-Classification of "Accredited" continued following a full evaluation visit:

A. Amarillo VA Healthcare System Residency in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards II and III.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part A written supervision policy allowing progressively increasing responsibility based upon demonstrated clinical competence is not available. (2.3)
III. Administration Met in Part The Residency Supervisor has insufficient dedicated time to perform the residency administrative duties. (3.4)
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

B. Cincinnati VAMC Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with The Ohio State University, College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to a recommendation to meet Standard V.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met in Part The program's completion requirements, goals and objectives, as well as its mission statement are not accurately published. (5.1.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

C. Eye Center of Texas Residency in Ocular Disease and Refractive and Ocular Surgery, which is affiliated with University of Houston, College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards II and V.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part The residents' patient logs do not specify level of resident involvement. (2.2.1)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met in Part Residents do not receive written clinical practice protocols. (5.3.1)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met



D. EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to a recommendation to meet Standard V.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met in Part There is no published requirement that applicants must have obtained an O.D degree. (5.1.1)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

E. Oklahoma Eye Institute Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to a recommendation to meet Standard II.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part The resident's patient logs did not adequately represent all of the resident's encounters. (2.2.1)
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met



F. Omni Eye Specialists of Baltimore Residency in Ocular Disease/Co-Management, which is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standard V.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2009 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met in Part Outdated information is published on the affiliate's web site regarding who the program supervisor is. (5.1.3)

 The resident did not receive the Residency Manual including written orientation materials during orientation. (5.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

G. San Francisco VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

H. Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson Residency in Ocular Disease / Low Vision Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2025) The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standard III.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2017 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met in Part Requirements for residency completion are inconsistent across published sources. (3.6)
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met



I. University of Houston College of Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease at Cedar Springs Eye Clinic (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

J. VA N. Indiana Health Care System, Fort Wayne Residency in Primary Eye Care / Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

K. VA Roseburg Healthcare System Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease - Department of Veterans Affairs, which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

L. Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System Residency in Primary Eye Care / Low Vision Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry (2025). The program was granted the status of Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs.  

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Definitions

Pre-Accreditation Classification

In the case of a program which is not fully operational, the Council may grant the pre-accreditation status of preliminary approval following satisfaction by the program of the requirements for initial application in Chapter 4 and the Council's review of an evaluation team report following a site visit:

Preliminary Approval — A pre-accreditation classification granted to a professional optometric degree program that has clearly demonstrated it is developing in accordance with Council standards. The program has approval to begin student recruitment, selection and admissions, and to begin offering the program.  The Council shall review the preliminary approval classification annually during the first three academic years of the program through written reports and/or site visits as deemed necessary by the Council. A request for accreditation status shall be made not less than 12 months prior to graduation of the program's first class. As required by the USDE, the Council will not grant pre-accreditation status to a program for longer than five years.

When the Council awards preliminary approval to a program or at any time during the Council's monitoring of a program holding preliminary approval status, the ACOE may issue recommendations or specify conditions for monitoring, which must be attained in order to maintain the pre-accreditation status.  

Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education may decide to grant one of the two following accreditation statuses to a program following adoption of the evaluation team report and recommendations. Accreditation status may be lowered or revoked if the Council determines that the program is not making sufficient progress on recommendations from the Council.

Accredited — A classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program generally meets the standards for accreditation. This classification indicates that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. However, recommendations relating to marginal compliance with certain standards, and suggestions relating to program enhancement may be included in evaluation reports.

Accredited with Conditions — A classification granted to an educational program with major deficiencies or weaknesses with reference to the standards of accreditation. This classification indicates that the educational effectiveness of the program is in jeopardy. Programs with this classification will be required to submit progress reports and shall undergo a full on-site evaluation visit within a prescribed period of: one year for programs that are less than one year in length; 18 months for programs that are at least one year in length but less than two years in length; and two years for programs that are more than two years in length. 

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Accreditation manuals containing information on the ACOE's policies and procedures may be found in the Accreditation Resources section.