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Gaining accreditation

As I enter my third year at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, I can’t help but reflect on the time I have spent here so far. This dynamic optometry program is unique in so many ways, and it’s been really interesting to be a part of all of the progress that we are making here in the beautiful city of Worcester, MA.

When I first arrived as an eager and wide-eyed first-year, the optometry program was still in the process of gaining accreditation. Little did I know how much I was going to be a part of this process. We still had to prove to the accreditation board that we were a viable institution built on a standard that we always knew would get us approved. These standards were comprised of acceptable pass rates on board exams, undertaking research studies, and expanding our clinical outreach.

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Akshay Patil
I am currently a 3rd year student at MCPHS. I am also the President of Private Practice Club, a board member on the Student Optometric Leadership Network, and a diehard Laker fan.

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