Downers Grove Campus Welcomes New Optometry Students

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August 23, 2017

The inaugural class for the Chicago College of Optometry started classes this fall at Midwestern University.

Midwestern University recently welcomed the inaugural class of 66 optometry students to its Downers Grove Campus. Students enrolled in the University's Chicago College of Optometry (CCO) will earn a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree following an intensive four-year program where they will learn to diagnose, treat, and manage injuries and diseases of the eye and visual system. 

"We are very excited to welcome the class of 2021 as the inaugural class of the Chicago College of Optometry," said Joshua C. Baker, M.S., O.D., Interim Dean for CCO. "This group of talented individuals will set the standard of achievement for every subsequent CCO class and we are excited to see how high they can reach."

The inaugural class is comprised of students representing 19 different states who will benefit from individualized attention to ensure their success in the curriculum. Throughout their education, students will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors in state-of-the-art facilities and receive the guidance they need to successfully provide care to the community. During their last two years of study, students will gain firsthand experience at various clinical sites including the Midwestern University Eye Institute. The Eye Institute currently serves the community by offering comprehensive eye exams, vision care, and treatments.

The CCO class joins fellow graduate students at Midwestern University studying a variety of healthcare disciplines including osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, and the health sciences