Courses in the Major
*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.
Requirements for Optometry School
The courses required for admission to the twenty-one optometry schools in the United States vary slightly from school to school. Completion of the courses listed above 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.
Centralized application for Optometry
- Students can apply to any Optometry program in which they meet the minimum requirements. The coursework listed above is designed to satisfy SUNY Oneonta's PreOptometry concentrations and requirements for admission at most Optometry graduate schools, but not necessarily all schools. Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools in which they intend to apply.
- It is essential that students in the PreHealth Professional program confer regularly with advisors for these concentrations, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta, with questions directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the PreHealth Professions Program SUNY Oneonta.