Selected Achievements

UAB SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY
SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
APRIL 2013
  • 1 of only 3 optometry schools with a Vision Science Research Center funded by the National Eye Institute
  • Only optometry school with winner in the recent National Eye Institute Audacious Goals Competition and there were only 10 winners chosen from over 500 entries world-wide
  • External research funding FY12 compared to other schools of optometry:
    • #1 in total project funding = $65,972,79
    • #2 in annual funding = $7.9M
    • #6 in NEI/NIH funding = $2.1M
  • Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on Parts 1 and II of the National board exams given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • Most recent pass rate for Part III of the National board exams given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry was 92.5% while the national average was 86.5%
  • First school to be conceived from its inception to be part of an academic medical center
  • #1 compared to all other schools with average GPA of 3.58 for 2011 entering class. In 2012 it was 3.65 but data from other schools not yet available
  • 7.3 applicants per slot in 2011
  • Alumni achievements include:
    • 3 are currently serving as Dean of a school of optometry and there are only 22 schools in the U.S.
    • 22 have been chosen as president of their state professional association other than Alabama
    • 27 served as president of the Alabama Optometric Association
    • 1 astronaut who flew on space shuttle Columbia in 1992
    • 1 President of the American Academy of Optometry
    • 1 President of the American Optometric Association
    • 2 Presidents of the South Eastern Congress of Optometry
    • 1 Army General