Tusculum College in Eastern Tennessee (Greeneville) is planning on adding an optometry school along with other healthcare degree programs.
Administrators hope to launch the programs within five years. The optometry school is likely to enroll 70 students in its first class and will have to go through accrediting.
Tusculum College’s new president, James Hurley, launched the optometry program at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky. And he’s brought on that program’s founding dean, Andrew Buzzelli, as executive vice president for Tusculum’s newly created health sciences college.
Tusculum College is also starting physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician’s assistant programs. It is also transitioning from college to university.
Currently there are as of now only 23 Optometry schools in the United States.