Optometrists specialize in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the eyes and visual system. Besides prescribing corrective lenses, optometrists often identify broader health concerns that are visible in the eye. A bachelor's degree is required (though some students are accepted after 2 to 3 years of undergraduate work) followed by a four-year optometry program.
- 1-2 semesters General Biology and 1 semester Advanced Biology with labs
- Anatomy & Physiology is recommended for the Advanced Biology
- 1 semester Microbiology
- 2 semesters General Chemistry with labs
- 1 semester Organic Chemistry with labs
- 2 semesters Physics with labs
- 2 semesters English
- 1 semester General Psychology
- 1-2 semesters Calculus
- 1 semester Statistics
Generally, a grade below a C is not acceptable for prerequisite courses
Optometry school is a four-year program culminating in a doctor of optometry (OD) title. Optometrists perform annual examinations to treat any vision problems, check for abnormalities, treat eye injuries and diseases and visual skill problems, and dispense glasses and corrective lenses.
Aptitude Test and Application
Optometry schools require applicants to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Plan to take the test the summer before you apply. The OAT consists of four sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry), reading comprehension, physics and quantitative reasoning. Application is made through a centralized service called OptomCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service). All 21 schools and colleges of optometry participate in OptomCAS.