New England College of Optometry Partners with Noodle to Create Distance Doctorate in Optometry Program

Hybrid OD program offered to combine cutting-edge distance learning with hands-on clinical training in person

BOSTON and NEW YORK, December 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The New England College of Optometry (NECO), the oldest operating optometry college in the country, today announced its intention to develop a distance-learning doctoral program in optometry in partnership with Noodle, the country’s fastest growing e-learning network. The proposed hybrid OD, which is subject to accreditation review and approval, will combine an interactive online learning environment with hands-on, in-person clinical training, dramatically expanding the availability of optometry training for students in the field. areas without programs nearby.

New England College of Optometry Partners with Noodle to Create Distance Doctorate in Optometry Program

“Students are increasingly interested in flexible learning opportunities that combine the best of virtual education with in-person clinical experiences. Noodle’s expertise in digital technologies and service solutions will help our academic team to create the most engaging and impactful program, ”said Dr. Howard purcell, president of NECO. “Over the next few months, we will work together to create a curriculum and an education platform that benefits the next generation of students.”

The proposed curriculum will need to be reviewed and approved by the Accreditation Council for Optometric Education (ACOE) and the Commission on Higher Education of New England (NECHE) in order to begin recruiting students.

NECO faculty will develop the course curriculum, working with Noodle, who have developed a cutting edge design approach to ensure their college and university partners develop the best curricula for their online programs. The result will be a unique, engaging and flexible learning experience where students will have the opportunity to acquire both the foundational knowledge and experiential clinical training necessary for a successful career in optometry.

“We are honored that NECO has chosen to build its state-of-the-art hybrid Doctor of Optometry program with Noodle, which we believe is a testament to the quality of the programs we have built so far, particularly in the healthcare field. “, said Lee bradshaw, Chief Strategy Officer, Noodle. “We are convinced that with a partner like NECO, we can achieve a balance between innovation and academic rigor for future NECO program offerings. “

About NECO
New England College of Optometry is a private, non-profit optometry school that prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. NECO graduates are compassionate and skilled optometrists ready to practice in a variety of settings. Follow NECO on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the noodles
Noodle is a Certified B Corp that creates great online and agile programs that improve campus-wide education and technology. Since January 2019, Noodle has launched as many online programs with top US universities as all of its competitors combined. Its network of universities, higher education leaders, providers and students fuel innovation and efficiency in learning design, marketing, recruitment, technology, student support and faculty and clinical placement. Follow Noodle on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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