PRE-OPTOMETRY

 
 

The courses required for admission to the nineteen optometry schools in the United States vary slightly from school to school. Completion of the courses listed below will satisfy the admission requirements at the three optometry schools in the northeastern states: SUNY-Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and New England College of Optometry. Completion of these courses will also satisfy the course admission requirements at the majority, but not all of the remaining optometry schools. For information about the admission requirements at a specific school, contact the school or see Dr. Armstrong.

COURSE

SUGGESTED YEAR

CREDIT HRS.

COMP 100 and a literature course

1st Year

6 s.h.

CHEM 111-112 General Chemistry I & II

1st Year

8 s.h.

MATH 173-174 (Calculus I and II)
(Students not prepared to begin calculus should take MATH 105 first.)

1st Year

8 s.h.

BIOL 180-200-201 (General Biology I, II & III)

1st Year

12 s.h.

PSYC 100 (Introductory Psychology)

1st or 2nd Year

3 s.h.

* CHEM 221-322 Organic Chemistry I & II

2nd or 3rd Year

8 s.h.

PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 General Physics I & II

2nd or 3rd Year

8 s.h.

STAT 101 (Introduction to Statistics)

2nd or 3rd Year

3 s.h.

BIOL 362 Microbiology

3rd or 4th Year

4 s.h.

*Many optometry schools including New England require only a one semester organic chemistry course with laboratory (CHEM 226 – Elementary Organic Chemistry). 3+4 program with SUNY Optometry and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry will accept a combination of one semester of organic chemistry (CHEM 226) and a semester of biochemistry (CHEM 330 – Introductory Biochemistry) as an alternative to the full year of organic chemistry.