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Aug 2017

President’s Welcome and White Coat Ceremony 2017

Join the Illinois College of Optometry in officially welcoming the Class of 2021 to their professional education on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Parent’s Orientation 9 a.m., ICO Lecture Center President’s Welcome/White Coat Ceremony 11 a.m., ICO Lecture Center Doors open for guests with tickets at 10:30 a.m.    Parking Guests with tickets can park for free in the ICO parking garage depending upon availability. Entrance…

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Jul 2017

Illinois College of Optometry Earns Continued Accreditation, Advancing its Esteemed Reputation

The Illinois College of Optometry recently earned continued accreditation, following a comprehensive review by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. The accreditation process includes an institutional self-study, external review and site visit to assess the quality of education programs against predetermined standards. “The ICO community earned every bit of this accreditation. The process that the institution goes through is extensive and there is not a…

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Feb 2013

Prevent Blindness America Shoots PSA at ICO

On Feb. 28, Dr. Lisa Thornton shot a public service announcement for Prevent Blindness America on ICO’s campus. Dr. Thornton is a Chicago-based pediatrician who has commented for such media outlets as NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN. Design agency SparkFactor is producing the PSA. 


Feb 2013

ICO Students Excel on NBEO Part II Exam

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry recently released statistics on the Part II Patient Assessment and Management Exam administered in December 2012. The pass rate for first-time test-takers from the Illinois College of Optometry was 98.11 percent, exceeding by 4 points the national average of 94 percent. The PAM examination is administered at the NBEO test center in Charlotte, N.C., in a single day,…

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Feb 2013

Nearly a Quarter Million Dollar Grant Awarded to Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago Public Schools

The Illinois College of Optometry’s school-based clinic, the Illinois Eye Institute at Princeton, received a $249,000 grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. The grant will be used to expand clinic capacity and address the unmet vision care needs of Chicago Public Schools students. CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2013 –The Illinois College of Optometry and Chicago Public Schools have received a $249,000 grant in support of…

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Nov 2012

ICO Pass Rate on NBEO Part III Clinical Skills Far Exceeds National Average

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry recently released statistics on Part III Clinical Skills Exam for the graduating class of 2012. The pass rate for first-time takers from the Illinois College of Optometry was 96.95 percent, exceeding by 8.7 points the national average of 88.25 percent. This was the first year the CSE was solely administered at the new NBEO test center in Charlotte,…

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Sep 2012

Illinois College of Optometry Faculty First to be Elected President of Illinois Optometric Association

September 27, 2012 (CHICAGO) — Illinois College of Optometry faculty member Geoffrey Goodfellow, OD, will be installed as the president of the Illinois Optometric Association at its annual convention in Springfield. Dr. Goodfellow will take the reins of the state association from Oak Lawn native Sandra Bury, OD, on Saturday. He follows the path of many ICO alumni but is the first full-time faculty member…

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Jun 2012

ICO president appointed to Special Medical Advisory Group

CHICAGO— The Illinois College of Optometry is proud to announce the appointment of college president Arol Augsburger, OD, to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG). The Under Secretary for Health Robert Petzel, MD, made the appointment. Dr. Augsburger was nominated for the committee last fall by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, in consultation with the American Optometric…

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Feb 2012

Model urban clinic brings eye & vision care to more than 5,000 Chicago students

MEDIA ADVISORY For Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CONTACT: Jenni Gaster Sopko (312)949-7412, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago Public Schools Celebrate First Year of Eye Clinic Partnership WHO & WHAT: The eye clinic at Princeton Elementary School was established in January 2011 to bring eye and vision care to CPS students identified as needing additional vision testing but who lack access to optometric services. Since…

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