Proposed Changes to Standards for Preliminary Approval for O.D. Programs

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education invites you to provide input regarding proposed modifications to the Standards for Professional Optometric Degree Programs seeking preliminary approval pre-accreditation status.

At its February 9-11, 2018 Winter Meeting, the ACOE accepted the draft proposed changes to standards for professional optometric degree programs seeking preliminary approval pre-accreditation status for distribution to the community of interest for comment.  The ACOE welcomes any interested party to submit written comments concerning these proposed standards. 

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) adopted the Standards for professional optometric degree programs seeking preliminary approval pre-accreditation status, which became effective January 1, 2014, to provide guidance and standards for newly developing professional optometric degree programs as they work through the initial application process toward Preliminary Approval status.  As a reminder, the ACOE's initial application process for new professional optometric degree programs is outlined in Chapter IV of the Accreditation Manual: Professional Optometric Degree Programs, which is available on the ACOE's website on the Accreditation Resources page.  

With the adoption of new standards for the professional optometric degree programs in 2016, which became effective July 1, 2017, the Council realized that the standards for POD preliminary approval that were put into place in 2014 varied in some areas from the new standards.  The Council charged its Professional Optometric Degree Committee with reviewing the two sets of standards and proposing changes to the preliminary approval standards to bring the two sets of standards into agreement.  The Committee met on February 8, 2018 to conduct a comprehensive review of the preliminary approval standards and presented a draft of proposed changes to the Council for consideration at its February 9-11, 2018 meeting.

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Please review the proposed draft changes and send any comments you might have by no later than June 6, 2018 via email to accredit@aoa.org or to:

Joyce Urbeck, ACOE Director
Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1
St. Louis, MO 63141

This call for comments was posted on May 3, 2018.