|Course||# of Hours|
|Biological Sciences with Labs A||8 Hours|
|Fundamentals of Chemistry with Labs A||8 Hours|
|General Physics with Labs A,B||8 Hours|
|Calculus C||3 Hours|
|Advanced Biology D||8 Hours|
|Organic Chemistry with Lab>||4 Hours|
|Microbiology with Lab A||4 Hours|
*** A Bachelor's degree is required prior to matriculation for admission to the professional program at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
*** Prerequisite coursework must be completed within five years of the date of application.
*** Letters of recommendation must be requested via and submitted directly to OptomCAS. UHCO requires three letters of recommendation, two of which must be academic letters of recommendation - that is, two letters should be from faculty who have directly taught the applicant. UHCO recommends that the third letter be from an optometrist with whom the applicant has trained/shadowed.
*** The College of Optometry requires that newly admitted applicants complete and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) prior to matriculation. Offers of admission are contingent upon this CBC and upon the UHCO Admissions Committee’s review of its findings. Additionally, UHCO students complete two external clinical rotations, and all US federal clinics (VA, military, Indian Health Service) require a CBC. This CBC is separate and in addition to the one completed as part of the admissions process. The CBC occurs approximately 6-12 weeks prior to the date the externship begins and as determined by the site.