Clinical Vision Research

Nova Southeastern University

24 months
585 USD/credit
585 USD/credit
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The mission of the Master of Science in Clinical Vision Research (CVR) Graduate Program at  Nova Southeastern University is to bridge clinical care in optometry with vision science by educating and training health-care professionals to conduct clinical research in a patient care or academic setting, practicing at the highest level of proficiency, integrity, and professionalism.


Key facts:

  • Over the past decade, the optometric profession has witnessed dynamic changes and growth in global health care delivery systems. This phenomenon has been accompanied by enormous advances in technology and the health sciences. It has impacted how we work, how we communicate, and how we learn. Technology has touched every field imaginable, including clinical optometry and vision science. While advances in information technology have simplified the exchange of information, it has also increased the sheer volume of data available and has made managing information more complicated than ever before.
  • In response to these widespread changes, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry has developed a two-year, 45-credit Master of Science Program in Clinical Vision Research (CVR). This program is designed to assist optometrists, optometric educators, optometric students, as well as other health-care professionals extend their career opportunities by developing and enhancing their ability to perform clinical vision research. It has both online and on campus components. Faculty members are nationally recognized scholars, with expertise in teaching, research, and scholarship. The program includes a thesis. The thesis is based on a research project designed according to the student‚'s interest. Each student has an adviser who is an expert in the student‚'s area of interest and guides the student‚'s thesis project. This innovative program includes curricula leading to a Graduate Certificate in CVR and a Master of Science in CVR.
  • Accommodating the need and desire of most health care professionals to remain in their present location and employment and, at the same time, draw upon a nationally recognized faculty, the CVR program offers a unique opportunity through NSU College of Optometry's state-of-the-art, Web-based distance learning technology. Some of the program requirements may be completed at home or in the office at times convenient to the student, without compromising the student's career, family, and personal obligations.
  • The primary audiences for this program are optometrists, optometric educators, optometric students, as well as other health-care professionals who conduct or plan to conduct clinical vision research in a patient care or academic setting. The program is designed to provide the CVR student with an opportunity to acquire or enhance his or her knowledge and skills to design, develop, perform, analyze, and evaluate research projects and studies. Following completion of the program, CVR graduates will find themselves well prepared to face the challenges of contributing to the research and knowledge-base of their profession.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Clinical Research Ethics 
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics 
  • Principles of Statistical Inference
  • Clinical Research Design
  • Information Science for Clinical Research
  • Presentation, Evaluation, & Publication of Clinical Vision Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application form with a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual such as academic instructor, professor, optometrist, other health professional, or employer.
  • One official copy of your academic transcript sent directly from each college or university that you have attended. Transcripts must be "official." 
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, Optometry Admission Test (OAT) scores, or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, if applicant does not have a post-baccalaureate professional degree.
  • Applicants from countries in which English is not the official language are required to submit the computer version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    585 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 585 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    585 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 585 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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