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  • November 3, 2020
  • Roger Coda

An admissions representative from the New England College of Optometry (NECO) will give a virtual presentation about the optometry profession and its program to interested students on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to Register in advance for the Zoom meeting.

Fredonia has a 3+4 Affiliation Agreement with NECO, located in Boston, that allows students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree programs in seven years, instead of the usual eight years. If a student meets the program requirements, then his/her first year of optometry courses at NECO transfer back to Fredonia to fulfill the upper level elective requirements for the bachelor's degree. 

Christina LaChance, the NECO representative, will conduct a question/answer session as part of the presentation. NECO, which enrolls about 500 students from 34 states and eight countries, offers seven degree programs, including the four-year Doctor of Optometry.

Students are advised to establish a strong academic record and have experiences working with, shadowing and/or interning in optometry practices to qualify for the 3+4 program with NECO. Students interested in this program should contact Department of Biology Professor Ted Lee, who serves as Chair of the Health Professions Advising Committee. Dr. Lee recommends all pre-health students participate in the virtual talk, as this is an opportunity to hear about what admissions look for in applicants, in addition to learning about the optometry profession.