New England College of Optometry, Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences scrap plans to explore possible combination

New England College of Optometry and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which recently announced plans to explore a possible combination, said Monday that they now have decided to remain independent.

In a joint statement, Steven Manfredi, board chair of the New England College of Optometry and Charles Monahan, president of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, said: “We appreciate the time and energy the leadership of both institutions put into exploring a further relationship. At this time, both entities agree that we should move forward independently.”

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which is also known as MCPHS University, founded its School of Optometry on its Worcester campus in 2011.

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New England College of Optometry’s campus is located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It provides a four-year, post-baccalaureate professional curriculum to about 475 students.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, or MCPHS University, has more than 6,000 students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in about 50 academic programs on three campuses, including optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene, radiological science, public health, and pre-med.

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