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Student Optometric Oath

With full deliberation I freely and solemnly pledge that:

I will study the art and science of optometry faithfully and conscientiously,
and to the best of my ability in every educational opportunity.

I will uphold and promote by example the highest standards, ethics and
ideals of my chosen profession and the fairness and honor of those activities that
will lead to the degree, Doctor of Optometry.

I will participate fully and honestly in all educational activities, including any
assessments of my knowledge and skills.

I will endeavor to learn as much as possible from the professional care of
those patients who seek the services of my clinical instructors, with concern, with
compassion and with due regard for those patients’ human rights and dignity.

I will hold as privileged, any information entrusted to me in confidence by
patients and clinical instructors.

I will strive continuously to broaden my knowledge and skills so that patients
may benefit from any innovation or improvements in the care of human vision.

I will actively participate in governance of the College through, and support
the decisions and actions of, the elected leaders in the Student Government

I will do my utmost to serve my present and future communities, Southern College of Optometry and the optometric profession.

I hereby accept the privilege and responsibility to commit myself to the
performance of this, my solemn oath and obligation.