The University of the Incarnate Word’s Rosenberg School of Optometry (UIWRSO) has been granted the classification of “ACCREDITED” effective March 20, 2013 by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association. The classification of “ACCREDITED” indicates that the program meets the ACOE standards for accreditation. The council found the UIWRSO to be in full compliance with all of the ACOE standards.

The ACOE is the only accrediting body for professional optometric degree (O.D.) programs, optometric residency programs and optometric technician programs in the United States and Canada. Both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation recognize the ACOE as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education of the programs the Council accredits. ACOE accreditation means that the program that has attained accredited status meets the council’s standards of educational effectiveness and shows a demonstrated commitment to quality assessment and improvement.

The UIWRSO successfully showed the council that the school is constantly achieving the mission to educate and prepare future leaders in optometry through excellence in education, patient care and vision research, achieved in an environment committed to personal growth within a context of faith, human dignity and social justice.