Originally Posted by OpticalBlackOut
It's funny when you all assume that which school you go to won't matter.
Is this necessarily true from the standpoint of an employer?
If you're planning to work at a corporate location, then yes, it won't matter.
But, good luck if you try to find jobs elsewhere. Try convincing a private practice optometrist that they should hire you if you got your rotations' experience from an unaccredited school.
Right on the money
Sure you get the same degree and getting a job in optometry is easy but its the type of job that you will get after graduation is what matters a lot. Of course like the above poster said that if you work corporate or you start your own practice right from school then it will not matter what school you went to as long as you passed all 3 parts of the board exam and the state license exam (if the state has one).
Older schools have established clinical rotations and connections. Medicine guards experience that can be gained by their graduates so they do not want opto students to rotate through internal medicine for example. These types of relationships can be relaxed with time.
Example: At my school 4th years can rotate through hospitals such as Bronx Lebanon and many VA hospitals. Contact lens residents work at New York Eye & Ear for 1 or 2 days in the week for example. Other rotations that are available are Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida or even rotations in China.