Optometric Degree Programs Resources

Accreditation Manual:Professional Optometric Degree Programs (Revised Aug. 2014) contains the standards of accreditation and Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) policies and procedures. Use the table of contents or bookmarks to navigate through the document. The 2017 OD standards are appended to the manual. (PDF) 

Professional Optometric Degree Standards (effective July 1, 2017) may be downloaded to serve as a framework for programs conducting self-studies. Use of these standards is mandatory for all programs being evaluated on or after July 1, 2017.

View the crosswalk comparison of the 2009 OD standards and the new 2017 OD standards.

View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding 2017 OD Standard 1.4, approved by ACOE at its Feb. 9-11, 2018, meeting.

Directory of Accredited Optometric Degree Programs (Optometry Schools and Colleges)


Standards for Initial Pre-accreditation of New Professional Optometric Degree Programs

NEW Standards for professional optometric degree programs seeking preliminary approval pre-accreditation status (effective Jan. 1, 2019). These standards are for use by newly-developing, professional optometric degree programs during the Stage Two Applicant Phase, as outlined in the Accreditation Manual: Professional Optometric Degree Programs. Use of these standards is mandatory for all programs being evaluated on or after Jan. 1, 2019. (MS Word)