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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

SUMMER QUARTER
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Microscopic Anatomy324.0
Human Anatomy425.0
Human Physiology & Pathology I303.0
Geometric & Theoretical Optics I415
Biochemistry I404.0
Introduction to Optometric Procedures223.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Human Physiology & Pathology II303.0
Geometric & Theoretical Optics II303.0
Vision Science I425.0
Biochemistry II404.0
Optometry 1.2223.0
Clinical Assistant Program021.0
Applied Ocular Anatomy526.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology324.0
Human Physiology and Pathology III404.0
Vision Science II414.5
Optometry 1.3223.0
Visual & Physical Optics404.0
Clinical Assistant Program021.0

SECOND PROFESSIONAL YEAR

SUMMER QUARTER
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Ocular Physiology324.0
Binocular Vision212.5
Ocular Motility212.5
General Pharmacology404.0
Optometry 2.1223.0
Opthalmic Optics425.0
Patient Care021.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Color Vision101.0
Development Vision and Neurobiology101.0
General and Ocular Pharmacology404.0
Ocular Disease I303.0
Optometry 2.22.523.5
Introduction to Binocular Anomalies101.0
Opthalmic Optics II303.0
Eyewear Center021.0
Patient Care021.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Ocular Pharmacology /
Therapeutics
404.0
Physical Diagnosis122.0
Optometry Seminar223.0
Ocular Disease II202.0
Microbiology101.0
Eyewear Center021.0
Patient Care021.0

THIRD PROFESSIONAL YEAR

SUMMER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Ocular Disease III425.0
Contact Lenses I446.0
Infant / Child Development & Management233.5
Evidence Based Health Care**202.0
Patient Care185.0
Community Based Practice – CPS or Alivio*042.0
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Clinical Medicine202.0
Ocular Disease IV303.0
Ocular Disease V101.0
Contact Lenses II223.0
Binocular Vision Disorders233.5
Patient Care185.0
Eyeware Center*042.0
CPR – Health Care Provider000.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Clinical Medicine II202.0
General & Ocular Emergencies202.0
Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders303.0
Vision Rehabilitation223.0
Strabismus & Amblyopia I324.0
Patient Care185.0
Community Based Practice – CPS or Alivio010.5
Clinical Assistant Program*042.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAMELECTURELABCREDIT
HRSHRSHRS
Injections for the Optometrist0.50.51.0
The Business of Optometry202.0
Strabismus & Amblyopia II303.0
Ophthalmic Lasers0.50.51.0
Patient Care185.0
Contact Lens Practice*021.0

* 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