SUNY, Empire State to develop unique OD/graduate business program

May 1, 2013

In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the SUNY College of Optometry and SUNY Empire State College will jointly develop and deliver an advanced graduate certificate in optometry business management. The 18-credit, six-course certificate will be fully applicable to the MBA program offered through the SUNY Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies.

“While it’s clear that there is a growing demand from incoming students for a business education that will complement the clinical education that they receive here, the timeliness of such a program is even more fortuitous given the acceleration of health care reform on the horizon and what that will mean in terms of the practical application of optometry,” said David A. Heath, O.D., president of the SUNY College of Optometry.

While dozens of medical, dental and other professional clinical educational institutions in the United States have introduced joint clinical/business education programs over the last decade, this partnership between the SUNY College of Optometry and SUNY Empire State College would create the first such joint program to be offered by a school of optometry in the United States.

Once the certificate program has been developed, it will be submitted to the SUNY Board of Trustees and, if approved, the program then will be reviewed by the state Department of Education.

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