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Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) is the only college of optometry in Kentucky. Become part of a community of medical professionals providing vision care to those who need it most, and learn in an environment built with the future of optometry in mind. At KYCO, faculty, staff and administration embrace the expanded scope of optometric practice in Kentucky with unique clinical experiences and a challenging curriculum. KYCO students are afforded an abundance of rewarding clinical opportunities serving patients in need.
All equipment, textbooks and technology are provided at no additional cost to students.
Students serve patients from the blindest region in the U.S. in community clinics and hospitals.
Practice with new and advanced equipment and technology in KYCO’s innovative 103,000 square foot facility.
An industry partner of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) has graciously pledged $6400 toward the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) grant fund that began in 2020. The grant project started as a way for KYCO to help remove financial barriers and increase diversity in the optometry profession. MyEyeDr., a private equity company that […]
More than 400 University of Pikeville (UPIKE) students celebrated their achievements by earning their degrees during the spring commencement ceremonies for undergraduate, graduate and health professions on Saturday, May 6, at the Appalachian Wireless Arena. Graduates and their families were able to attend the in-person ceremonies or watch virtually via livestream. Read more here Kentucky […]
More than 400 University of Pikeville (UPIKE) students celebrated their achievements by earning their degrees during the spring commencement ceremonies for undergraduate, graduate and health professions on Saturday, May 6, at the Appalachian Wireless Arena. Graduates and families were able to attend the in-person ceremonies or watch virtually via livestream. The twenty-third commencement of the […]
The University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) held its awards luncheon honoring the Class of 2023 in the Health Professions Education Building on May 5. Jessica Johnson, O.D., of Clarkson, Ky., received the Dean’s Award. The award is presented to a graduating student who has shown outstanding leadership while maintaining high academic […]
The Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) held its traditional White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, April 1, in the Health Professions Education Building. Fifty-nine members of the Class of 2025 received their white coats before a gathering of family, friends and university faculty. KYCO Dean Michael Bacigalupi, O.D., M.S., FAAO, FNAP, welcomed guests and acknowledged the […]
The University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) would like to congratulate Makayla Harr on being awarded CooperVision’s 2023 Best Practices Scholarship. She is a third-year KYCO student and one of only three recipients selected nationwide. CooperVison Senior Manager of Professional and Academic Affairs Steven F. Rosinski, O.D., visited campus to present the award […]
In the fall of 2022, the University of Pikeville welcomed Kaitlyn Zeller to the Office of Advancement. Zeller’s role as director of advancement-graduate programs, allows her to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with alumni and other partners for the benefit of UPIKE’s graduate programs, including the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) and […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) congratulates Alyssa Muha, recipient of the 2022 VSP Vision of Hope Scholarship. The scholarship is funded by VSP Vision™ and awarded annually to an excelling, first-year KYCO student who intends to practice in the rural Appalachian region. Muha, a native of Hazard, Ky., received $5,000 toward her […]