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Academics

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Experience Leadership and Innovation

At New England College of Optometry, NECO, experience is everything. It’s where passion finds the passionate. Where knowledge meets impact. And where the power to change someone’s life for the better becomes realized. It’s where dedicated students learn how to become great doctors. We provide an education not for those simply looking to start a career, but an education for those looking to lead the profession. At NECO, we’re giving optometry’s future leaders the confidence, skill, and knowledge to practice effectively and expertly anywhere in the world.

Leadership, Location, and Opportunity 

Our leaders educate future leaders in the field. We combine classroom learning with extensive work in a variety of health care settings throughout our clinical network. These allow you to learn, explore, and hone your abilities as a doctor of optometry in Boston's innovative and active healthcare community. 

Our curriculum is designed and continually enhanced to reflect the evolving needs of the optometric profession and public health. We believe great optometrists understand the people and communities they serve, the ever-changing health care system, and new technologies for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision and visual disorders related to disease. We provide opportunities to experience it all.

Degree Programs

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We offer seven degree programs to meet the needs of our students. Each of these programs is carefully designed to prepare future optometrists by providing a strong foundation in visual, biomedical, and clinical science and integrating this with diverse patient care experiences.  

Preparing for Success Through Great Experiences

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At NECO, we foster an ethos that celebrates inquiry, collaboration, and life-long learning.  Our educational platform is guided by our belief that exemplary optometrists are compassionate and skilled practitioners, thoughtful collaborators, innovative diagnosticians and lifelong learners. Our graduates enter the practice of optometry with the highest degree of proficiency, integrity and professionalism with the skills to work in an inter-professional healthcare environment.