Pre-Health Professions Advising

Optometry

If you are scientifically curious, self-motivated and socially conscious, optometry may be the right career path for you. As an optometrist, you'll examine the eyes for vision problems and disease by checking for proper depth and color perception, the ability to coordinate and focus the eyes, and other signs. While optometrists usually prescribe glasses or contact lenses, they may also employ corrective eye exercises, therapy, and in some states, drugs to correct vision problems.

Degree

O.D.optometry_opt

Program Length

4 years

Professional Schools’ Organization

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)

Application Service

Optomcas

Academic Admission Requirements

One year each: Biology, Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 1 & 2), Organic Chemistry, Physics, English. Some schools may also require Calculus. (Individual schools may have specific additional requirements)

Admission Exam

Optometry Admissions Test (OAT)

Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation from a pre-health advisor are required, and may be kept confidential. Some schools may require additional letters of support.