The University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry was founded in 2008.

Our focus and mission challenges us to teach, train and graduate a new generation of clinically expert, culturally competent and actively caring optometrists and patient advocates. We educate and treat communities across Texas and beyond, with a special emphasis on underserved populations.


We are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association.

Rosenberg School of Optometry

  • Founded 2008
  • Alumni: 365

Class Profile

  • Average First-Year Student Age: 25
  • 70 % female/30% male
  • Residency Placement: 30% of graduates are placed into residencies

UIW Clinical Network

  • UIW Eye Institute
  • UIW Bowden Eye Care and Health Center
  • Community Eye Clinic/Fort Worth
  • Sports and Vision Enhancement Clinic

National Board of Examiners in Optometry Pass Rates (Graduation)

  • Part I (ABS) 82%
  • Part II (PAM) 92%
  • Part III (CSE) 97%

Optometry Honors

• 2018 Winner Texas Optometry Association Conference (TOA) EyeBowl.
• 2018 First Place in Walmart/Sam’s Club Project Foresight Competition ($15,000 team scholarship).
• Jeff C. Rabin, Faculty, named Texas Optometric Association Educator of the Year.
• Dr. William L. Miller, Faculty, named Texas Optometric Association Educator of the Year.
• Six faculty members from the Rosenberg School of Optometry received Johnson & Johnson Innovation in Education Grants.
• Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, OD, FAAO, awarded Diplomate status in the Low Vision Section of the AAO.

Master of Science in Vision Science

  • 16-month program
  • 13 hours core fall/spring semester
  • 4 hours research and thesis summer semester
  • 4 hours research and thesis fall semester
  • 34 total credits hours
  • Publication ready thesis

Doctor of Philosophy in Vision Science

  • 33-month program
  • 26 hours core
  • Written qualifying exam
  • 30 hours dissertation research and writing
  • 60 total credits hours
  • Dissertation/three peer-reviewed journal submissions

Doctor of Optometry

The four-year Doctor of Optometry curriculum features didactic and clinical laboratory instruction that begins in the first year and continues through the duration of the program.

Curriculum Rotator

Year 1

44.5 credit hours

Year 2

45 credit hours (clinical internships = 3 credits)

Year 3

57 credit hours (third-year rotations = 12 credits)

Year 4

60 credit hours (fourth-year externship = 60 credits)

Did you know

South Texas is the largest geographic region in Texas and contains 19% of the total Texas population.

Did you know

Twenty-one of the 38 South Texas counties are currently designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).