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  • Neurodiverse
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1245 Madison Ave
Memphis , Tennessee 38104-2211

Disability Resource Office

Student Servics Office
1245 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38104-2211
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About Southern College of Optometry

The Southern College of Optometry, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is a distinguished not-for-profit, private university. With its strong emphasis on providing an exceptional education in the field of optometry, and its commitment to serving the community, Southern College of Optometry has a well-deserved reputation as a leading institution in eye care.

Established in 1932, the college has a long and prestigious history. It is dedicated to training future optometrists who will serve as the primary eye care providers for individuals and families. The college offers a comprehensive four-year curriculum that equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to diagnose and manage various ocular conditions, as well as provide vision correction services.

One notable aspect of the Southern College of Optometry is its location in Memphis, Tennessee. The city itself is renowned for its vibrant culture, diverse community, and rich history. Memphis is famous for being the birthplace of blues music and the home of legendary musicians like Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash. Students at the Southern College of Optometry have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this vibrant cultural scene and enjoy the city’s numerous music festivals, art galleries, and historic landmarks.

Moreover, Memphis is recognized as a hub for healthcare and research, making it an ideal location for aspiring optometrists. The city is home to several renowned medical institutions, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is internationally recognized for its contributions to pediatric cancer research. The proximity to these esteemed institutions provides students with unique opportunities for research collaborations and clinical experiences.

In addition to the rich cultural and healthcare landscape, Memphis offers a high quality of life for students. Known as the “Home of the Blues,” the city boasts a thriving music scene, with numerous live music venues, world-class barbecue restaurants, and a lively downtown area. Students can also take advantage of the mild weather and explore the city’s many parks and outdoor recreational areas.

As an institution committed to community service, Southern College of Optometry actively engages with the Memphis community through various initiatives. The college operates a clinic where students can gain practical experience under the supervision of experienced faculty members. This not only allows students to enhance their clinical skills but also enables them to give back to the local community by providing affordable eye care services to those in need.

Overall, the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, offers students a unique and enriching educational experience. With a strong emphasis on academic excellence, a vibrant cultural backdrop, and plentiful opportunities for clinical experiences, students at this esteemed institution are well-prepared to excel in the field of optometry and make a lasting impact on the lives of their patients.

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Disability Accommodations

Services Provided

      • Notetaking Assistance
      • Exam Accomodations
      • Alternate Learning Material Formats (e-text, large print, etc.)
      • Scribe Services
      • Qualified Readers
      • Assistive technologies (screen readers, voice input, etc.)
      • Qualified Sign Language Interpreters
      • Text-Based Accommodations (CART or C-Print)

      Services Provided

          • Degree Curriculum Substitutions
          • Priority Enrollment
          • Reduced courseload
          • Medical leave
          • Residence Hall Accommodations

          Campus Accessibility

          Accessible Level

              • Student Health Services
              • Mental Health Support Services
              • The library(ies)
              • Institution Online Platforms
              • Recreational and Athletic Facilities
              • Student Community Center and Other Common Gathering Areas
              • Primary Educational Facilities Used for Classes
              • Entertainment and Event Facilities
              • On-Campus Transit
              • Close Off-Campus Transit
              • Student Housing
              • Essential Administrative Offices (financial aid, registration, students services, career counseling, etc.)

              Services Provided

                  • Dietary Meal Plan Accommodations
                  • Service and Emotional Support Animals
                  • Study Abroad Program Accommodations
                  • Internship, Externship, Field Placement, or other For-Credit, Off-Campus Work Experience Accommodations