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Kentucky College of Optometry
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
The Kentucky College of Optometry’s mission is to develop leaders in therapeutic optometry through innovative education and a commitment to caring for the underserved.
Develop leaders in therapeutic optometry through an integrated curriculum that includes diverse clinical experiences and opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth.
Implement innovative educational programs that use state-of-the-art technology and prepare graduates for the ever-expanding practice of optometry.
Provide accessible, patient-centered, high quality, therapeutic eye care within integrated clinical systems.
Promote service to the profession, to the community, and to the underserved in Appalachia and beyond.
The professional optometric degree program at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry holds the status of “Accredited” from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141—Telephone 314-991-4100. The next evaluation visit is currently scheduled for April 2028. The classification of “Accredited” is granted to an educational program indicating that the program generally meets the standards of accreditation and that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program.Page Updated: November 20th, 2020
Kentucky College of Optometry
34 CFR §668.43 (2019 Rule)
In compliance with Federal Regulations, 34 CFR §668.43 (2019 Rule), the Kentucky College of Optometry provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure in Optometry.
This disclosure is strictly limited to the KYCO’s determination of whether its Doctor of Optometry (OD) educational program, if degree is conferred, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure requirements in a state for the practice of Optometry. KYCO cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact specific determinations.
This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny a graduate’s application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect a graduate’s application for licensure and occur after the date of this disclosure. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided to review all licensure requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.
The Kentucky College of Optometry has designed an educational program curriculum for its Doctor of Optometry program that if successfully completed is sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for a Doctor of Optometry license in the following states and territories:
Alabama – AL, Alaska – AK, Arizona – AZ, Arkansas – AR, California – CA, Colorado – CO, Connecticut – CT, Delaware – DE, District of Columbia – DC, Florida – FL, Georgia – GA, Hawaii – HI, Idaho – ID, Illinois – IL, Indiana – IN, Iowa – IA, Kansas – KS, Kentucky – KY, Louisiana – LA, Maine – ME, Maryland – MD, Massachusetts – MA, Michigan – MI, Minnesota – MN, Mississippi – MS, Missouri – MO, Montana – MT, Nebraska – NE, Nevada – NV, New Hampshire – NH, New Jersey – NJ, New Mexico – NM, New York – NY, North Carolina – NC, North Dakota – ND, Ohio – OH, Oklahoma – OK, Oregon – OR, Pennsylvania – PA, Puerto Rico – PR, Rhode Island – RI, South Carolina – SC, South Dakota – SD, Tennessee – TN, Texas – TX, Utah – UT, Vermont – VT, Virginia – VA, Washington – WA, West Virginia – WV, Wisconsin – WI, Wyoming - WY