Opportunities for recent graduates to gain real-world experience

Residencies involve a year of intense clinical training that prepares recent optometry school graduates with the day-to-day experiences of an optometric practice. Residency opportunities are available in a variety of specialties, including:

  • Family practice
  • Pediatrics
  • Binocular vision
  • Low vision
  • Rehabilitative optometry
  • Contact lenses
  • Ocular disease

Participants in residency programs become equipped with true optometric experience as they encounter myriad challenging cases during their year in training. What’s more, completing a residency is a common requirement for those leaning toward a career in optometric academia or research.

Here are some great resources for further information to see if a residency is the right fit for you:

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

Learn what accredited optometric residency programs are available and granted by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

 

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Academic Timeline

ACADEMIC TIMELINE

Your optometric education calendar from applying to school to the board exams.


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Managing Your Classes

AOA MEMBERSHIP

The American Optometric Association has numerous benefits for its student members, with academic and professional resources.

 

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