Fourth Year Curriculum

During the fourth year, interns are assigned to clinical externship training sites for two semesters and an in-house rotation for one semester.

Fourth Professional Year; 60 credit hours

Summer Semester

Fourth Year Summer Semester
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
OPT401 Clinical Externship - or - 20.0
OPT400 Clinical Intern 19.0
OPT409 Comprehensive Clinical Management I 1.0*
  Total Credits 20.0

Fall Semester

Fourth Year Fall Semester
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
OPT411 Clinical Externship - or - 20.0
OPT410 Clinical Intern 19.0
OPT419 Comprehensive Clinical Management II 1.0*
  Total Credits 20.0

Spring Semester

Fourth Year Spring Semester
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
OPT421 Clinical Externship - or - 20.0
OPT420 Clinical Intern 19.0
OPT429 Comprehensive Clinical Management III 1.0*
  Total Credits 20.0

*Comprehensive Clinical Management (409, 419, 429) series will offer one section each semester

During the fourth year, interns are assigned to clinical externship training sites for two semesters and the UIWRSO internal clinical network for one semester. The fourth-year rotations within the UIWRSO clinic network include direct supervised patient care in the Cornea and Contact Lens, Ocular Health, Peri-Operative, Low Vision and Rehabilitation, Vision Therapy, Visual Neurophysiology, and Adult Care Services.

The Externship Program is designed to broaden and enhance the student's diagnostic, treatment and management experience of ocular and visual conditions. Clinical experiences in private practice, referral centers, ophthalmology/co-management centers, Veterans Administration hospitals, Department of Defense hospitals and other hospital-based facilities are available. Participation with Doctors of Optometry and other professionals in comprehensive patient care are emphasized. Case conferences and grand round experiences may be assigned. Case presentations, evidence-based research on clinical conditions, and ongoing enhancement of examination skill proficiency as assigned by externship faculty constitutes an important component of this clinical experience.