Recent ACOE Accreditation Actions

Notice of programs with accredited with conditions status or withdrawal of accreditation

Archive of Previous Accreditation Actions reports

Nov. 12, 2019

At its Oct. 11-13, 2019, meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) took the following actions: (Note: Date in parenthesis is the date of the next currently scheduled evaluation visit to the programs. Depending on the outcomes of annual reports, progress reports, interim visits, substantive program changes and other significant events affecting a program, the Council may decide to schedule a full on-site evaluation visit before the original accreditation period is complete. The accreditation period is eight years for professional optometric degree, optometric residency and optometric technician programs.) 

Basis for ACOE Decisions

1. Preaccreditation Actions


2. Initial Accreditation


3. Continuing Accreditation

Classification of "Accredited" continued following a full site visit:

A. Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2027);

B. SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care Residency in Anterior Segment and Contact Lenses, which is affiliated with Illinois College of Optometry (2027);

C. University of Houston College of Optometry Residency in Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation (2027);

D. University of Houston College of Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease (2027);

E. VA Connecticut Health Care System, Newington Campus Residency in Primary Eye Care - Department of Veterans Affairs, which is affiliated with New England College of Optometry (2027);  

F. VA New Jersey Healthcare System Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with State University of New York College of Optometry (2027);

G. VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division Residency in Primary Eye Care / Geriatric Optometry, which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2027); 

H. Womack Army Medical Center Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2027);

4. Reconsideration of Accreditation Denial


5. Withdrawal of accreditation by ACOE*

Oklahoma Eye Institute Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry.

*A decision to withdraw accreditation is not final until the ACOE appeals process has been exhausted, or until 30 days from notification to the program of the action to withdraw accreditation.

6. Voluntary withdrawal of accreditation