The Niswonger College of Optometry is currently engaged in the process of developing the program to meet accreditation standards. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141—telephone: 314-991- 4100, has designated the Niswonger College of Optometry as a “Stage Two Applicant.” Further information about the process for achieving accreditation by the Council may be found in the “Accreditation Manual: Professional Optometric Degree Programs” on the ACOE website (

Weekly Webinar

Niswonger College of Optometry’s Dr. Greg Moore and Dr. Richard Hom have launched a weekly webinar sharing best practices for treating patients with urgent eye conditions that cannot wait for care until the coronavirus pandemic ends. This is a public service offered free to any practicing optometrist.

To register for this week’s webinar, please click the button below.

Welcome from the Dean

About the Niswonger College of Optometry

The College is named for Dr. Scott M. Niswonger ’87 H’06. Dr. Niswonger is Tusculum University’s most generous Benefactor.

His gifts have supported many endeavors on campus, including the commons building, the library expansion and renovation, and the sports complex, which has his philosophy inscribed – “Learn, Earn and Return.”

His Niswonger Foundation provides opportunities for individual and regional growth through educational programs, scholarships and other charitable activities. He is an active member of the Board of Trustees and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

Niswonger College of Optometry in the News!

Dr. Adam Hickenbotham joins Tusculum’s Niswonger College of Optometry, brings 15 years of experience

Dr. Adam Hickenbotham, a 15-year optometric professional who holds two doctorate degrees and has served in academia, private practice and executive positions in private industry has joined the leadership team of the Niswonger College of Optometry at Tusculum University.

Dr. Gregory Moore named assistant dean for clinics at Tusculum’s Niswonger College of Optometry

A 30-year optometric professional with extensive experience providing medical eye care for the Chicago Cubs, teaching students, running businesses, serving on regulatory boards and conducting research has been named assistant dean for clinics with the Niswonger College of Optometry at Tusculum University.

Tusculum workers quickly transforming building that will house Niswonger College of Optometry

Construction crews are moving quickly to transform the building that will house the pioneering Niswonger College of Optometry at Tusculum University when it is accredited.

The first wave of renovation is scheduled to last about seven months, and other work will follow for another 1 ½ years. This activity will benefit not only the Niswonger College of Optometry but also other schools and programs within Tusculum’s College of Health Sciences and the rest of the university.

Tusculum is projecting fall 2020, pending the receipt of preliminary approval for accreditation, to enroll the first class of 70 students in the four-year program. The university would have the 24th college of optometry in the nation.

The Mission of the Niswonger College of Optometry

We are pioneers in the pursuit of eliminating the lack of primary vision care in unserved and underserved areas of the country. Our faculty define the standard for excellence in refractive, medical and surgical primary vision care. Our graduates couple their unparalleled expertise in clinical care and vision science with civic engagement focused on rural America.

Meen Center Tour

World Class Facilities

The Niswonger College of Optometry and the College of Health Sciences are located in the state-of-the-art, newly constructed and renovated Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Mathematics on the main Tusculum University campus in Greeneville, Tennessee.

The Meen Center provides state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space for students. An 80 seat lecture hall and comfortable board room with multimedia and interactive capabilities are also impressive features of the Meen Center. Additionally, the College of Health Sciences faculty and staff offices are located in the Meen Center.