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In addition to a rich clinical education, ICO gives its students a strong foundation rooted in biomedical science. Basic biomedical courses are spread across the first two years of our program: human anatomy, immunology, and pharmacology. Many of these are complemented by interactive laboratories.

From basic human sciences to high-level ophthalmic studies, every ICO course is presented through the lens of primary eye care. Our curriculum visits optics, ocular anatomy and physiology, visual perception, neuroanatomy, sensory aspects of vision and color vision. Thus, every moment ICO students spend in a classroom is a moment spent preparing for real life.

In the clinical program, students gain high-quality experiences in primary eye care, pediatric optometry, binocular vision, low vision rehabilitation, contact lenses, emergency care, and ocular disease. The clinical program is student-centered, beginning in the lecture-laboratory setting and advancing to a one-to-one relationship between student and patient. ICO’s faculty works both in the lecture hall and in clinic. So, students receive supportive, personalized education in every environment. Read more about our clinical education.

Below is a year-by-year breakdown of the required curriculum. Please note, elective courses, including topics like financial literacy and practice management, can be added on to each year:

FIRST PROFESSIONAL YEAR

Students enter the Clinical Assistant Program and assist patients in making their way through the IEI.

 

SUMMER QUARTER
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Human Anatomy324.0
Human Physiology & Pathology I404.0
Geometric & Theoretical Optics I414.5
Biochemistry I404.0
Clinical Methods and Procedures I223.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Microscopic Anatomy324.0
Applied Ocular Anatomy526.0
Human Physiology and Pathology II202.0
Geometric & Theoretical Optics II303.0
Biochemistry II404.0
Clinical Assistant Program (Primary Eyecare) I021.0
Clinical Methods and Procedures II223.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology324.0
Human Physiology and Pathology III404.0
Vision Science I425.0
Visual and Physical Optics404.0
Clinical Assistant Program (Primary Eyecare) II021.0
Practice Management I002.0
Clinical Methods and Procedures III223.0

SECOND PROFESSIONAL YEAR

SUMMER QUARTER
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Vision Science II414.5
Color Vision101.0
General Pharmacology404.0
Ocular Physiology303.0
Patient Care Program (Primary Eyecare) I021.0
Clinical Methods and Procedures IV223.0
Ophthalmic Optics I425.0
Introduction to Binocular Anomalies101.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Binocular Vision212.5
Ocular Motility212.5
General and Ocular Pharmacology404.0
Anterior Segment I313.5
Glaucoma / Nero-Eye I111.5
Patient Care Program (Primary Eyecare) II021.0
Opthalmic Optics II303.0
Eyewear Center I010.5
Clinical Methods and Procedures Seminar122.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics404.0
Developmental Vision and Neurobiology101.0
Microbiology1.501.5
Anterior Segment II313.5
Glaucoma / Neuro-Eye II111.5
Patient Care Program (Primary Eyecare) III021.0
Eyeware Center I010.5
Practice Management II001.0
Contact Lenses I425.0
Vision Rehabilitation223.0

THIRD PROFESSIONAL YEAR

SUMMER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Evidence Based Health Care**202.0
Glaucoma / Neuro-Eye III212.5
Retina I212.5
Specialty Rotation (Advanced Eyecare)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Vision Rehabilitation)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Cornea / Contact Lens)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Pediatrics / Binocular Vision)00.50.25
Patient Care Program (Primary Eyecare) IV185.0
Community-Based Patient Care (CPS)010.5
Eyeware Center II010.5
Contact Lenses II223.0
Infant / Child Development and Management223.0
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Clinical Medicine I202.0
Glaucoma / Nero-Eye IV212.5
Retina II212.5
Specialty Rotation (Advanced Eyecare)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Vision Rehabilitation)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Cornea / Contact Lens)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Pediatrics / Binocular Vision)00.50.25
Patient Care Program (Primary Eyecare) V185.0
Community-Based Patient Care (CPS)010.5
Eyeware Center II010.5
Binocular Vision Disorders223.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Clinical Medicine II202.0
General & Ocular Emergencies202.0
Ocular Disease Seminar1.501.5
Specialty Rotation (Advanced Eyecare)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Vision Rehabilitation)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Cornea / Contact Lens)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Pediatrics / Binocular Vision)00.50.25
Patient Care Program (Primary Eyecare) VI185.0
Community-Based Patient Care (CPS)010.5
Eyeware Center II010.5
Strabismus and Amblyopia I324.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Injections and Minor Surgical Procedures1.50.52.0
Business of Optometry2.502.5
Strabismus and Amblyopia II303.0
Ophthalmic Lasers0.50.51.0
Specialty Rotation (Advanced Eyecare)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Vision Rehabilitation)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Cornea / Contact Lens)00.50.25
Specialty Rotation (Pediatrics / Binocular Vision)00.50.25
Patient Care Program (Primary Eyecare) VII185.0
Community-Based Patient Care (CPS)010.5
Eyeware Center II010.5
Practice Management III001.5

* Students are assigned to one of these activities each quarter. The quarter may vary from student to student.
** This course includes a research project.

FOURTH PROFESSIONAL YEAR

PATIENT CARE INTERNSHIP / EXTERNSHIPS