Pre-Optometry

Offered by Health Science Programs

The requirements for admission to colleges of optometry vary. A suggested program of study is listed below, but the student should check with the college of optometry of his/her choice for its specific requirements. A minimum of three years (90 credit hours) of pre-optometric study is required. However, in most cases a baccalaureate degree1 should be completed before matriculating into a college of optometry, especially since admission to a optometry school is not guaranteed. The student is also expected to submit scores from the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).

A suggested program of study is as follows
Select one of the following options:8
General Biology
and Human Physiology
or
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
CHEM 160
160L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 161
161L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 351
351L
Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Lab
4
CHEM 360
360L
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
5
CHEM 361
361L
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
5
ENG 101Introduction of Academic Writing3
ENG 102Academic Writing and Research3
MATH 102College Algebra 33
MATH 103Plane Trigonometry3
MATH 115Calculus I with Analytic Geometry5
PHYS 205
205L
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
5
PHYS 206
206L
General Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
5
PSY 203General Psychology3
SPCH 100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
STAT 241Elementary Statistics3
Select 3 credit hours of the following:3
Introduction to Literature: British Literature
Introduction to Literature: American Literature
Introduction to Literature: Western Civilization
Intro to Literature: Non-Western Civilization
Introduction to Literature: Special Topics
Strongly recommended
Physiology
Introduction to Nutrition
Total Credit Hours73

Students should check with the specific school(s) to which they intend to apply to ensure that all requirements are fulfilled. Requirements vary among schools, especially in regard to mathematics, microbiology, and general biology. Some schools also require additional electives in the social and behavioral sciences.