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Discussion in 'Optometry' started by I2C, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. I2C


    Apr 8, 2007
    Hi guys/gals,
    I would like your help from those of you who are attending PCO or NECO. I am having trouble choosing between the 2. Here's my take on why the struggle. I like the city Boston, it's a safe city and geared more towards college kids. I like PCO because of its 1/2 yr clinic experience. However, along with that PCO also pack in a huge workload ( I am not saying that it's easier to NECO) with WEEKLY EXAMS, which I don't know if I could deal with cause I heard undergrad is nothing like grad school and I've only been exposed to the midterm and finals week. So I don't know if I could deal with constant exams. So if you're at PCO and can tell me how it is and if there is a high rate of dropout that would be great. On the other side, I don't really like the suburb atmosphere of PCO it looks so run down, even if I want to find a place to study outside of the school itself and my room, there really isn't anything around. So should I choose NECO since there's only a midterm and finals week and if you are attending NECO do you think its a good thing to learn everything and take it in 1 big test? Thanks.
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  3. I2C


    Apr 8, 2007
    oh I meant 1 1/2 year of clinic experience...sorry there is a typo above.
  4. qwopty99

    qwopty99 Optometrist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    NECO = Northeastern


    NECO = New England (= NEWENCO)

  5. jefguth

    jefguth Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    British Columbia
    NECO = New England College of Optometry, NEWENCO acronym was dropped about two years ago.
  6. Opii

    Opii Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Pco > Pco > Pco > ICO > Neco
  7. JeffChou

    JeffChou Your mom goes to college 5+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    NECO = Newenco = New England College of Optometry

    NSUOK = NSU (OK) = Northeastern State University (Oklahoma).

    and while I'm at it...

    NOVA = Nova Southeastern University (but not often as NSU)

    SUNY = SUNY SCO = SUNY State College of Optometry

    SCO = Southern College of Optometry (Memphis, Tennessee)

    SCCO = Southern California College of Optometry

    PCO = Pennsylvania College of Optometry

    Pacific U = PU = Pacific University, College of Optometry

    MCO = Michigan College of Optometry (at Ferris State University)

    UMSL = University of Missouri, St. Louis

    UAB = University of Alabama at Birmingham

    UCB = UC Berkeley = University of California, Berkeley

    IU = Indiana University

    ICO = Illinois College of Optometry

    IAUPR = Inter American University of Puerto Rico

    UHCO = University of Houston College of Optometry

    OSU = Ohio State University

    Yeah, I do seem to have too much time.
  8. ML1983

    ML1983 PCO Class of 2010 5+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2005

    PCO is awesome. ASk the other first yrs on this board. CDN_Twin and LV2Ride and HITMAN and many others. We all love it here :)

    Also, the area around PCO doesn't look run down. The campus is in a SAFE area. Your car won't get broken into, and you can feel safe walking around (though everyone drives here). However, the clinic is in a sketchy area but than again, thats where all the pathology is. Have you been to ICO's area before? That's a bit scarier. At PCO we don't have constant exams. There's times where we have a 2 week "rest" in a way. I mean we constanly have quizzes, labs and other tiny assignments but thats normal. Our exam schedule is decent, we have the exams within 2 weeks.
  9. Spearmint1

    Spearmint1 2+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    why are you guys bothering to compare schools? just choose one and go to it. Just because one school suits one person doesn't mean it suits another.
  10. LV2RIDE

    LV2RIDE PCO Class 2010 2+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    I second that!!!!!! PCO is a great school.

    The school is actually in a nice area, and yes the clinic is in a rougher area, but as ML said that is where you will get the true experience/education and test of your knowledge due to the variety of things you will see.

    There are other places to go and study but it takes a little while to get to know the area before you know where they are. Just ask those ahead of you and they will let you know where to go. If you were only here for an interview you probably only got to see a very limited view of the area. Any big old city is going to have it's run down areas, but also some very nice areas too.

    The schedule is really not that bad, not saying it is easy and I don't want it to be. If this was easy there would be way more people doing it. Yes you have to study as I should be right now, but that is why we are study and learn to become doctors. You learn to take advantage of your free time and when we get a chance we do PARTY.

    I don't have anything to say about NECO b/c I have never seen their school. I have been to Boston and it is a cool city.

    PCO is a great choice though and I definitely don't regret it at all

    I don't care where you go to school...... just thought I would give some additional insight to the PCO area so others can make a educated decision.
  11. I2C


    Apr 8, 2007
    Thank you ML1983 and LV2RIDE for your informative info about PCO. Yeah I was only there for 1 day for the interview so I didn't get to see the area around PCO. Now I am happy now to make my final decision with PCO. I wasn't sure and wanted someone who has been there done that to give me a review to confirm my decision.
  12. Sabrina Ahmed

    Sabrina Ahmed

    Feb 26, 2008
    Hey everyone,
    I have the same dilemma. Both schools are good- my only concern is that there is only one clinic in PCO whereas in NECO, they're affiliated w/ 50 or so clinics. I really want the most diverse patient population....Would love some suggestions! Thanks!!
  13. anchan

    anchan Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2005
    PCO has a great 4th year clinical program which is 6 months longer than what most schools have to offer (18 vs 12 mo) and that will more than enable you to gain the experience with a diverse clinical population.

    While it's true that NECO has a large network of care centers in many of those centers are you going to rotate through at your time there? at most you may experience 6 of those in the Boston area and then go on your 4th year rotations. Sure that's a nice bonus but if that's only thing keeping you from choosing PCO, don't let it stop you.
  14. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    Why do you bother commenting when it doesn't matter?
  15. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    Sorry, Spearmint...just being an ass:D

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