Optometric Residency Programs Resources

Accreditation Manual: Optometric Residency Programs (revised January 2019) 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. (PDF)

Optometric Residency Standards effective July 1, 2017. Use of these standards is mandatory for all programs being evaluated on or after July 1, 2017.

ACOE Residency Self-Study Working DRAFT Template 2017 Standards, has been created as a working document to allow for collaboration of participants involved in preparing the narrative to share comments via "track changes" feature in Microsoft Word and to use spell-check and other features that aren't available in protected documents. Use of this document is optional; programs may instead use the ACOE Residency FINAL Version Self-Study 2017 Standards.

ACOE Residency FINAL Version Self-Study 2017 Standards is the document that must be submitted with appendices. This is a Word-protected document. Programs using the self-study working draft template are required to cut and paste the final narrative into this protected Word document and submit it with all appendices.

View the crosswalk comparison between the 2009 and 2017 Optometric Residency Standards.

Guidelines for Conducting a Residency Annual Review

Recommended residency titles from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)

Directory of Accredited Optometric Residency Programs