Optometry student and doctor with a patient. Candidates must complete all of the courses listed below with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation into the professional program:
  • one year of biology with labs
  • 3 hours of microbiology
  • one year of general chemistry with labs
  • one half year of organic chemistry with a lab
  • one course of biochemistry
  • one year of physics with labs
  • 3 hours of calculus
  • 3 hours of statistics
  • one year of English
  • 3 hours of psychology*
  • one year of social and behavioral science**

One year is equal to two semesters or three quarters. One half year is equal to one semester or two quarters.

* A statistics course taken in a psychology department may not be counted for fulfillment of both the psychology prerequisite and the statistics prerequisite.

**Any combination of two semesters or two quarters in sociology, economics, anthropology, history, political science or additional psychology.

You can learn more about pre-health programs and find links to many useful resources on the CAS Advising website.

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)

All applicants are required to take the Optometry Admission Test. This examination is offered twice a year, usually during February and October. Applicants are encouraged to take the examination in February of the year preceding anticipated application.

Visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry for more information.