The Master of Science in Clinical Optometry is a joint degree with Eulji University in South Korea. This degree provides the educational foundation to further develop the clinical skills of South Korean optometrists. Students accepted into the program must reside in South Korea, hold a Bachelor of Optometry Degree, and be an optician license holder. Advancing clinical skills helps to support growth in optometric education in South Korea. Graduates are more prepared to expand the current scope of practice and clinical privileges for optometry.
The two-year cohort-based program includes four semesters of didactic instruction and a six-week clinical education capstone project. Education modules are delivered in a hybrid format with didactic courses taught by Eulji faculty in-person in South Korea and by MBKU faculty remotely. MBKU faculty travel to South Korea to deliver hands-on experiences in learning optometric procedures. The capstone is a clinical education externship in the United States where students experience direct patient care encounters. The program is approved by the Korean Ministry of Education and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and requires 36.75 credit hours.