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Kentucky College of Optometry
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
We are practitioners of the healing arts defining the standard for excellence in optometric education and vision care. Our graduates apply their unparalleled knowledge of clinical care and vision science in a cultural environment of faith, social justice and human dignity of Appalachia and rural America.
Kentucky College of Optometry’s goals are centered around the principles of teaching and learning; patient care; vision research; and community and public service. We are focused on achieving our goals in a variety of meaningful ways.
Goal: To foster an effective and integrative learning-centered environment that provides opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth for students, staff and faculty; implementing innovative educational programs enabling graduates to possess entry level standards for the full scope of practice of optometry in areas of rural America.
Goal: To provide culturally sensitive, patient-centered, comprehensive and accessible vision care in an integrated clinical curriculum.
Goal: To foster research and scholarly activity as a foundation for exceptional clinical care in rural environments with limited or no access to medical or vision care.
Goal: To enable and support faculty, students and staff to nurture, sustain and further the mission of the university in serving the local and broader communities of Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia.
The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141—telephone: (314) 991-4100, has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. The Kentucky College of Optometry is housed in the Health Professions Education Building, a new $72 million educational facility on UPIKE’s campus. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.