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Affiliated External Clinic Sites

This page contains professional, and educational information for internal use. It is designed to be used by faculty, administrators, and optometry students of the Michigan College of Optometry.

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Rotation 2022-2023

VA Rotations

ALL VA's nationwide are requiring the COVID-19 Vaccination. This mandate has been established by the national VHA Office of Academic Affiliations in conjunction with the CDC, as it has been added to the CDC guidelines web site:

Much like the Influenza vaccine, all Health Professions Trainees (HPT) training in a VA facility must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption filed (medical or religious) with the Office of the Designated Education Officer at the VA using the following VA Form 10-263.

If an HPT is not vaccinated or filed an exemption before their rotation, they cannot come to the VA.

VA's require that youreach out at least 90 days prior to the start of your rotation to receive instructions on required documents and processes that must be completed at least 30 days before your start date. This is an example checklist, contact your VA for more information. 

Planning on attending an AOA, MOA, SVOSH trip or other type of professional conference during your rotation? Contact your site Supervisor EARLY to make sure the time is available at the clinic.  It is up to the site Supervisor to allow time off. 

NOTE:  We are asking all students to please reach out to your next semester externship site early to determine any additional protocols and procedures that may be required due to COVID.  As many sites are out of state and the situation remains fluid we urge you to plan ahead and early.


Eglin Air Force Base-Ft. Walton Beach, FL 

Pleasant Optics - Mt. Pleasant, MI and Alma, MI

WOW Vision Therapy and Great Lakes Eyecare- St. Joseph, MI

Bay Mills Health Center - Brimley, MI


Chico Eye Center-  Chico, CA 

Duane Waters Hospital- Jackson, MI  

Oscar G. Johnson VAMC - Iron Mountain, MI

Summit Eye Care of Wisconsin - Wauwatasa, WI

VA Illiana Health Care System - Danville, IL

Wyoming VA - Community Based Outpatient Clinic,  Wyoming, MI

Toronto Medical Eye Associates - North York, ON

Eye Institute of West Florida-Largo, FL

Tayani Institute- San Clemente, CA

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center-Bethesda, MD (Not Available for Non US Citizens)

Northview Eye Associates - Rice Lake, WI

Omni Eye Specialist- Windsor Mill, MD


Caledonia Vision Center, Caledonia, MI

Carefree Medical Eye Clinic/DeWitt Optometry P.C.-
MSU Clinical Center - East Lansing and Specialty Eye Institute - East Lansing, MI

Erie Shores Eye Care- Vernilion, OH 

Eye Clinic of Wisconsin - Wausau, WI

Henry Ford OptimEyes / West Bloomfield/Troy, MI 

MyEyeDr - Sylvania, OH

Normandy Optical - Rochester Hills, MI

Sarnia Optometric Clinic- Ontario Canada

Fyi Doctors - Ontario Canada

Great Lakes Bay Health Center - Saginaw, MI

Advanced Optometry - Cadillac, MI

Michigan Eye Institute - Rochester, MI & Walton and Becker Eyecare - Oxford, MI


Aleda Lutz VAMC- Saginaw, MI 

Battle Creek VAMC- Battle Creek, MI 

John Dingell VAMC, Detroit, MI

Lexington VA Health Care - Lexington, KY

VA Northern Indiana Health Care Systems-Fort Wayne, IN

WJB Dorn VAMC- Columbia, SC

Martinsburg VA - Martinsburg, WV

Cherry Health: Grand Rapids Lions Club Vision Center (Heart of the City Health Services-Grand Rapids, MI 


Laria Eye Care- Miami, FL

Andersen Eye Center- Saginaw, MI

Michigan College of Optometry-Big Rapids, MI 

West Michigan Eyecare Associates - Grand Rapids, MI

Special Needs Vision Clinic-Saginaw, MI 


This site is updated frequently. If you notice an error or have a comment or suggestion, please contact Michelle Balliet at 231-591-3706 Email: [email protected]