Future Students & Residents | Academic Programs

Pre-optometry advising sessions are available! Please visit Lyle Tate’s Calendly page here to schedule an advising appointment.

O.D. Applicants: Please note that our letter of recommendation requirements for applying to our professional O.D. program have changed. Click here for details.

The Doctor of Optometry Program

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 complete the program successfully. During OPT II fall semester, students conduct vision screenings on behalf of the College and shadow OPT III and IV student clinicians in the University Eye Institute. After completing their clinical skills proficiency exams in November of their OPT II semester, students begin clinical patient care in their OPT II spring semester. 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.

In addition to our four-year O.D. program, UHCO now offers an exciting new opportunity: a combined O.D./M.S. program available for enrolled optometry students! For more information, please click here.