Recent ACOE Accreditation Actions

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

Archive of Previous Accreditation Actions reports

Nov. 13, 2018

At its Oct. 12-14, 2018 meeting in Saint 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 and optometric residency programs and seven years for optometric technician programs.) 

Basis for ACOE Decisions

1. Initial Application (Stage One Applicant and Stage Two Applicant are not official pre-accreditation classifications, but rather steps toward pre-accreditation.) 

Designation of Stage One Applicant

Tusculum University Niswonger College of Optometry professional optometric degree program in Greenville, Tennessee;

Designation of Stage Two Applicant


2. Preaccreditation Actions


3. Initial Accreditation


4. Continuing Accreditation

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

A. Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic Residency in Family Practice which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2026);

B. Eyecare Professionals, P.C. Residency in Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2026);

C. Southern College of Optometry Residency in Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation (2026);

Classification of "Accredited with Conditions" granted following a full evaluation visit:


5. Reconsideration of Accreditation Denial


6. Withdrawal of accreditation by ACOE


7. Voluntary withdrawal of accreditation 



Accreditation manuals containing information on the ACOE's policies and procedures may be found  in the Accreditation Resources section.