Curriculum


In addition to a top-notch clinical education, ICO students also receive a very thorough and broad foundation in the basic sciences. The basic biomedical courses are concentrated in the first two years of the program and are intended to lay the groundwork for students to master the wide range of skills necessary to provide full-scope primary eye care. As well as human anatomy, immunology, and pharmacology, these courses include interactive laboratories and cover optics, ocular anatomy and physiology, visual perception, neuroanatomy, sensory aspects of vision and color vision.

Moving into the clinical program, students gain high-quality experiences in primary eyecare, pediatric optometry, binocular vision, low vision rehabilitation, contact lenses, emergency care and ocular disease. Overall, the clinical program is student-centered, beginning in the lecture-laboratory setting and advancing to a one-to-one relationship between student and patient. As the student progresses through the professional program, patient contact increases.

Clinical rotations at the Illinois Eye Institute and at more than 150 affiliated clinical sites provide the volume and variety of patient care experiences needed for the development of a well-rounded clinician. Below is a year-by-year breakdown of the required curriculum; please note that elective courses are also offered each year.

 

FIRST PROFESSIONAL YEAR

SUMMER QUARTER
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Microscopic Anatomy 3 2 4.0
Human Anatomy 4 2 5.0
Human Physiology & Pathology I 4 0 4.0
Geometric & Theoretical Optics I 4 0 4.0
Biochemistry I 4 0 4.0
Introduction to Optometric Procedures 2 2 3.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Human Physiology & Pathology II 2 0 2.0
Geometric & Theoretical Optics II 4 0 4.0
Vision Science I 4 2 5.0
Biochemistry II 4 0 4.0
Optometry 1.2 2 2 3.0
Patient Advocate Program 0 2 1.0
Applied Ocular Anatomy 5 2 6.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Human Physiology & Pathology II 2 0 2.0
Geometric & Theoretical Optics II 4 0 4.0
Vision Science I 4 2 5.0
Biochemistry II 4 0 4.0
Optometry 1.2 2 2 3.0
Patient Advocate Program 0 2 1.0
Applied Ocular Anatomy 5 2 6.0

SECOND PROFESSIONAL YEAR

SUMMER QUARTER
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Ocular Physiology 3 2 4.0
Binocular Vision 2 1 2.5
Ocular Motility 2 1 2.5
General Pharmacology 4 0 4.0
Optometry 2.1 2 2 3.0
Opthalmic Optics 3 2 4.0
Patient Care 0 2 1.0
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Development Vision and Neurobiology & Color Vision 2 0 2.0
General and Ocular Pharmacology 4 0 4.0
Ocular Disease I 2 0 2.0
Optometry 2.2 2.5 2 3.5
Introduction to Binocular Anomalies 1 0 1.0
Opthalmic Optics II 3 0 3.0
Eyewear Center 0 2 1.0
Patient Care 0 2 1.0
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Theoretical & Physical Optics 2 0 2.0
Ocular Pharmacology /
Therapeutics
4 0 4.0
Physical Diagnosis 1 2 2.0
Optometry Seminar 2 3 3.5
Ocular Disease II 2 0 2.0
Microbiology 1 0 1.0
Eyewear Center 0 2 1.0
Patient Care 0 2 1.0

THIRD PROFESSIONAL YEAR

SUMMER QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Ocular Disease III 4 2 5.0
Contact Lenses I 4 4 6.0
Infant / Child Development & Management 2 3 3.5
Evidenced Based Health Care 2 0 2.0
Patient Care 1 8 5.0
Community Based Practice – CPS or Alivio 0 1 0.5
Eyewear Center 0 2 1.0
Patient Advocate Program 0 1 0.5
FALL QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Clinical Medicine 2 0 2.0
Ocular Disease IV 3 0 3.0
Ocular Disease V 1 0 1.0
Contact Lenses II 2 2 3.0
Binocular Vision Disorders 2 3 3.5
Patient Care 1 8 5.0
Community Based Practice – CPS or Alivio 0 1 0.5
Eyeware Center 0 2 1.0
CPR – Health Care Provider 0 0 0.0
Patient Advocate Program 0 1 0.5
WINTER QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Clinical Medicine II 2 0 2.0
General & Ocular Emergencies 2 0 2.0
Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders 3 0 3.0
Vision Rehabilitation (formerly Low Vision) 2 2 3.0
Strabismus & Amblyopia I 3 2 4.0
Patient Care 1 8 5.0
Community Based Practice – CPS or Alivio 0 1 0.5
Patient Advocate Program 0 1 0.5
SPRING QUARTER
COURSE NAME LECTURE LAB CREDIT
HRS HRS HRS
Injections for the Optometrist 0.5 0.5 1.0
The Business of Optometry 2 0 2.0
Strabismus & Amblyopia II 3 0 3.0
Patient Care 1 8 5.0
Community Based Practice – CPS or Alivio 0 1 0.5

FOURTH PROFESSIONAL YEAR

PATIENT CARE INTERNSHIP / EXTERNSHIPS

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