Doctor of Optometry Degree

The University of Houston College of Optometry seeks individuals who desire academic challenges and have the personal qualifications to complete our rigorous optometric program. The program is a four-year post-baccalaureate professional degree program which admits approximately 100 students annually; fall semester entry only.

Doctors of Optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage disorders of the visual systems and diseases of the eye and associated structures. The scope of optometric care ranges from vision testing and correction to managing complex eye and vision problems and diagnosing the presence of systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Four academic years and two summer terms comprising 177 semester credit hours of study are required to successfully complete the program. Patient encounters will approximate 1,500 per graduate as s(he) completes family practice, pediatric, low vision, cornea and contact lens, and medical eye rotations and externships