Prerequisites

Undergraduate preparation for the study of optometry requires a strong foundation in science, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences.

Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution is required prior to matriculation.
  • 55-60 hours of prerequisite course work must be completed prior to enrollment.
  • Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) Scores.

Students may apply for admission while completing their admission requirements. Students taking pre-optometry course work at other undergraduate programs are encouraged to consult the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions to assure prerequisite course equivalence.

Biology
Biological Sciences with laboratory** 8
Advanced Biological Sciences (human related; junior or senior level) 8
Microbiology with laboratory ** 4
Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry with laboratory ** 8
Organic Chemistry with laboratory ** 4
Biochemistry 3
Mathematics
Calculus I 3-4*
Physics
General Physics with laboratory ** 8
Psychology
Introduction to Psychology 3
Statistics
Statistics with application in biological and social sciences 3
Subtotal: 55-60

* Hours of required course work dependent on course content.
** Online coursework is not accepted.