Date of Award
Master of Science in Vision Science
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.
Bortz, Heavin and Smith, Alex, "A curriculum comparison of U.S. optometry schools: Looking back over the decade" (2003). College of Optometry. 1424.