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Doctor of Optometry · OD

Residential | Full-Time | 11 Semesters

Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ Doctor of Optometry is to prepare skilled optometric physicians as leaders and role models who define excellence in optometric medicine, are deeply committed to competent and respectful patient care, ethical and impactful scientific research, and who are engaged in compassionate public service that improves the health of the diverse communities in which they serve.


The program demonstrates mission fulfillment through the following goals and objectives in the areas of Teaching and Learning, Research or Scholarly Activities, Patient Care, and Service, as outlined below.


GOAL A: To deliver an innovative, application-based, educational program within a supportive learning culture that provides opportunities to integrate knowledge, solve problems, think critically, and enable graduates to possess entry level standards for the practice of optometric medicine.

  • Recruit, develop, retain, and graduate a diverse student body.
  • Establish a culture of engagement with students, faculty, staff, and alumni that informs curricular and co-curricular programming.
  • Develop leaders in optometry with advanced practice knowledge and skills equipped to handle the challenges of practicing optometric medicine in the face of ever-expanding practice of optometry.
  • Prepare graduates to deliver humanistic and competent optometric care with diverse cultures, experiences, and practice settings.
  • Support opportunities for interprofessional learning and clinical care.
  • Empower students to become digitally literate clinicians, who are proficient in applying information technologies and collaborative networking skills to improve patient care.
  • Foster a culture of life-long learning and educational curiosity.

GOAL B:  To recruit, develop, and retain highly qualified diverse administrators, faculty, and staff.

  • Enhance faculty awareness of the best practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and prepare them to become engaged, successful instructors.
  • Encourage and support life-long learning and development opportunities that cultivate leadership, service, and scholarship activities.
  • Provide clinical staff opportunities for training in topics related to the practice of optometry.
  • Support professional growth and opportunities to collaborate as a community.



GOAL C: To foster a commitment to and ability for engaging in research and scholarly activity that align with the goals of the Optometry program.

  • Facilitate, support, and pursue ethical and impactful research and scholarly activity that engages students and faculty.
  • Support interdisciplinary collaborative and mentoring relationships for research and scholarly activity with other health care programs and other institutions.
  • Provide mentoring and training for students in research methods to apply evidence-based medicine in clinical decision making while inclusive of patient cultures and preferences.


GOAL D: To provide patient-centered, sensitive, and compassionate comprehensive eye care that promotes timely access to needed optometric services, follows best practices, and incorporates each patient’s preferences and treatment priorities.

  • Incorporate the application of evidence-based medicine into the delivery of care.
  • Foster compassionate treatment of patients, and respect for their privacy and dignity.
  • Uphold honesty and integrity in all interactions.
  • Support a culturally-sensitive environment in the delivery of patient care.


GOAL E: To foster a servant leadership spirit in students, faculty, and staff that underscores the value of service for indigent and under-served populations.

  • Facilitate supportive and productive relationships within the University, College, profession, and surrounding community.
  • Engage other healthcare and associated professionals on relevant topics with the goal of collaboration to enhance care.
  • Advocate for equity and access to healthcare for indigent and under-served populations.
  • Develop service experiences that promote awareness and better understanding of the needs of communities they serve 

Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) has granted Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions the preaccreditation status of Preliminary Approval. Preliminary Approval status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving Preliminary Approval status is not a guarantee that the ACOE will grant Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions an accreditation status. Participants who graduate from a program in Preliminary Approval status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program. For more information, see the ACOE’s website at