Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Bradley Coffey


This study provides curriculum planners with a comparative look at the 2001 -2002 curricula taught at U.S. optometric schools. It divides clock hours into 17 categories and compares both the number and proportion of clock hours dedicated to a particular category. A metastudy analysis enabled comparison with two previous studies. Together they span a decade. Total clock hours have increased 5.7%. Clinical experience has increased 17.5%. Didactic hours have decreased 6.25%. Pharmacology has increased 15%. Variability between programs has decreased. Comparing metacategories shows an increasing emphasis on the Clinical Model, while the Optometric Model and the Medical Model have both decreased.

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