Arizona College of Optometry

At the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT), our dedicated and caring faculty will challenge you to improve your technical skills as they encourage you to focus on your patients.

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At the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT), we inspire the next generation of optometrists to be leaders for the future of our profession.

Inspiring Future Optometrists

We cultivate collegial relationships in a hands on teamwork setting that fosters innovative thinking, personalized attention and prepares you for complex clinical care in a variety of settings. We value professionalism, teamwork, and mutual respect and have a reputation for academic and clinical excellence.

Key features include:

  • Student Focused: Community orientated collaborative atmosphere with a small student to faculty ratio.    
  • Collaborative Health Care Model: Exposure to a variety of didactic and clinical experiences that focus on healthcare across disciplines.
  • Technology Forward: Innovative technology that is incorporated into the classroom and patient care experiences.

At the Arizona College of Optometry, your gained clinical experiences coupled with your strong foundational knowledge will make you an elite eye healthcare provider.

Your future starts at AZCOPT

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Comprehensive Training

Thorough curriculum prepares students in an interprofessional healthcare environment to learn about treating the whole patient. 

Classroom setting that encourages collaboration among faculty and students to further enrich the educational experiences. 

Early exposure to optometric technical skills in a large preclinical laboratory that fosters student to student interactions. 

Latest technology used to enhance learning outcomes and have a reputation for excellence on the national board examinations.

The first year is focused on health sciences, optics, and anatomy. Second and third year introduces ocular disease, vision sciences, and specialty services. Part time clinical exposure starts in the second year and ramps up to full time in the fourth year. 

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Clinical Experience

Receive hands on training with the latest technology working alongside optometry and ophthalmology clinical faculty at the Eye and Therapy Institutes. 

Eye Institute: Students provide primary eye care to patients of all ages while also experiencing specialty clinics such as contact lens, prosthetics, ophthalmology, low vision, pediatrics and ocular disease.

Therapy Institute: Students see patients in an interdisciplinary healthcare setting with unique technology to enhance treatment in settings such as sports vision, acquired brain injury, and vision rehabilitation. 

External rotations may include veteran administration hospitals, public health service hospitals and specialty and/or private practices or clinics. 

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Ready for Optometry Practice

Upon completing our rigorous four-year program, you will be: 

Fully equipped to seamlessly transition into optometry practice

Armed with competence, confidence, and competitiveness as a skilled clinician.

Poised to embark on your journey as an integral member of tomorrow's healthcare team.

Learn More About the Program

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  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completion of course prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • Submission of the results of one of the following entrance examinations:  Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). 
    • A competitive test score (at least at or above the mean score for each exam) is recommended of all applicants. 
    • In order to be considered for the class to be admitted in the fall of each academic year, the entrance examination must be taken and results submitted by April 30th of the year of matriculation. 
    • Entrance exam scores must be earned no more than five years prior to the planned enrollment year.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a practicing optometrist

Full list of requirements
 

Students must apply for admission via OptomCAS by April 1st. 

Due to the large number of applicants and the limited number of seats available, students are strongly encouraged to complete the application early in the cycle. 

AZCOPT will consider completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.

Mission

The mission of Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry is to educate future optometrists and residents in an interprofessional healthcare environment.  The College fosters professional attitudes and behaviors that encourage lifelong learning, scholarship to serve the needs of the public, and a commitment to improve the health and well-being of society.

Vision

The Arizona College of Optometry's vision is to:

  • Deliver the premier optometric educational experience utilizing our unique multi-health professional setting and cutting edge technology.
  • Provide our students with the knowledge and skills to deliver the highest level of professional, ethical and compassionate eye and vision care.
  • Promote lifelong learning, community outreach and innovative research.

Goals

The 9 goals of the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) are listed below:

  • Ensure that students have a strong foundation in basic visual and clinical sciences by providing broad and innovative educational opportunities
  • Plan and develop a diversity of clinical experiences to enable students to enter the practice of optometry
  • Support and nurture an environment of intellectual inquiry and research activity by students, residents and faculty
  • Promote interprofessional educational programming to develop students' appreciation of other health care professions
  • Promote student involvement in community service
  • Maintain and advance high quality residency programs
  • Perpetuate an Eye Institute that serves the eye/vision care needs of the community
  • Provide lifelong learning activities and support services to the optometric profession and the public
  • Maintain the financial viability of the College

Our thorough curriculum prepares students in an interprofessional healthcare environment to learn about treating the whole patient.

  • First year is focused on health sciences, optics, and anatomy. 
  • Second and third year introduces ocular disease, vision sciences, and specialty services. 
  • Part time clinical exposure starts in the second year and ramps up to full time in the fourth year. 

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The Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry has been granted the accreditation classification of ACCREDITED as of April 24, 2013 by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), of the American Optometric Association (AOA), 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141-7881; phone 314-991-4100. "Accredited" is the classification granted to a professional degree program that generally meets the standards for accreditation.  

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

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Hear from students just like you who are pursuing healthcare careers.

Tara Nomura, Arizona College of Optometry, Class of 2024

“Midwestern has an interprofessional approach to healthcare, integrating the different programs and emphasizing the need to work together to treat a patient. I want to be able to provide this experience to my patients, ensuring they are taking care of all aspects of their health.”

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Kandyse Flanigan, Arizona College of Optometry, Class of 2025

"We've learned how to become a better doctor."

College Stats

Statistics and informative facts about the Arizona College of Optometry Medicine.
98%

NBEO Part II

Pass rate on NBEO Part II (Dec. 2021).

94%

NBEO Part III

Pass rate on NBEO Part III (July-June 2021-2022).

15%

NBEO Part I

Above the national average for NBEO Part I (March 2022).

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