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Residency Program

The road ahead is for you.

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Our Residency programs at Illinois College of Optometryoffer post-graduate training for those interested in all aspects of optometry, including clinical practice, optometric education, and business. Residents gain advanced competency in eye care through education, scholarship, and patient care. Such experience aims to provide ICO residents with the expertise and confidence needed to treat complex clinical patients.

All ICO Residency Programs are ACOE accredited or accreditation pending.  The ACOE is the accrediting body for residency programs. We can help find the right residency for you. Explore our on and off campus options below.

Affiliate Residencies


To Apply

All ICO and affiliated residency programs use Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) to fill our Residency positions. In order to apply for Residency, prior to matriculation, you must have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. We evaluate all applicants without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, religion or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. Application information and an interview are used for the selection process. 

To apply, please register online in the NMS Match System to participate in ORMatch. Required components of your ORMatch application include:

  • Letter of intent

  • Curriculum vitae

  • OD Transcript

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation


For more information about ICO’s residency programs, please contact the program coordinator of each residency, or ICO’s Residency Director, Dr. Christine Allison.


Residency Information Session

A wide range of topics were discussed in our November 2021 online info session. Below you can watch the live discussion covering topics like why you should consider a residency program, what is available through ICO, what the application process is like and a live Q&A covering common questions.

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