SUNY Optometry to develop optometry business management program

March 4, 2013

An advanced graduate certificate in optometry business management will be offered jointly by SUNY College of Optometry and SUNY Empire State College.

New York-SUNY College of Optometry and SUNY Empire State College have signed an agreement to jointly develop and deliver an advanced graduate certificate in optometry business management. The 18-credit, 6-course certificate will be applicable to the MBA program offered through SUNY Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies.

Development of the new joint program is a response to increased interest from optometry students for advanced business education that would complement their clinical training and help them prepare for the demands of managing organizations or working with corporations and government agencies on health care-related concerns.

“The timeliness of such a program is fortuitous, given the acceleration of healthcare reform on the horizon and what that will mean in terms of the practical application of optometry,” said Dr. David A. Heath, president of SUNY College of Optometry.