First class is expected in 2016.

The State of Kentucky will get the first college of optometry in its 212-year history with a new University of Pikeville facility set to open with 60 students in 2016. The announcement comes after the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry was approved last month as a "Stage One Applicant" by the American Optometric Association's Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. A feasibility study has been completed and an advisory committee will help move the college forward, and a search is underway for a dean.

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