SUNY College of Optometry students now have a new option for an advanced degree from an unexpected source – Empire State College. Through an agreement signed last week, the College of Optometry and Empire State College will develop and deliver an advanced graduate certificate in optometry business management. Graduates of the program will earn 18 credits over 6 courses that can then transfer to the Empire State College School for Graduate Studies MBA program. Nationally, this is the first time that a school of optometry has partnered with another educational institution on such a program.
This new program is a result of both the increasing interest from optometry students to receive business management education and the private and public sector need for managers that are also health care subject matter experts.