At the October 2, 2016 meeting, the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA) approved accreditation for Goodwin College’s Ophthalmic Science Program. Maryann Santos, director of the Goodwin program, reported that it was found to be in compliance with the Essentials of an Accredited Educational Program for Opticianry. The accreditation lasts for two years. This accreditation classification will be in effect retroactive to May 25, 2016 and expiring May 24, 2018. The accreditation status will include all graduates of the program in 2016. This accreditation status will be extended to 6 years when the program is able to demonstrate full compliance with the remaining potential/non-compliant sections of the Essentials. This is standard for newly accredited programs.The commissioners said that they are honored to list the Ophthalmic Science Program at Goodwin College among its accredited programs, according to Santos.