Courses in the Major
All students in the PreOptometry Professional Program must declare a primary major. Students consult with their primary major advisor and a prehealth professions advisor to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.

Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog descriptions of courses regarding course prerequisites and time of year when offered in order to plan properly in advance.

PreOptometry Concentration (with suggested year)*

First Year Second Year Third Year
BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
MATH 173
COMP 100
BIOL 201
*CHEM 221-322 or CHEM 226-330
STAT 101
PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 (100)
PHYS 103-104 (algebra-based)
or 203-204 (calculus-based)
BIOL 362
a literature course

4+3 in Optometry at The SUNY College of Optometry

SUNY Oneonta & SUNY Optometry have developed an articulated 3 + 4 agreement in Doctor of Optometry for qualified students applying for admission to SUNY College of Optometry in NY, NY. The 3 + 4 program requires three years & a bachelors degree at SUNY Oneonta followed by four years of graduate study at SUNY Optometry. Admission to SUNY Optometry's program is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.

*Requirements for Optometry School
Many optometry schools including New England require only a one semester organic chemistry course with laboratory (CHEM 226) and a one semester biochemistry course with a laboratory (CHEM 330). The 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) as an alternative to the full year of organic chemistry.

View Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) General and School-Specific Prerequisites

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.

Optometry Admission Test (OAT) FAQs.
Application is made via the centralized application OptomCAS.

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)
Interviews for the Committee Recommendation Letter for Optometry School applicants are held by the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) each Spring. Students must be of junior or senior standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students should plan to request a committee interview in the spring semester prior to application to medical school or the spring semester prior to graduation from SUNY Oneonta.

The following documents must be received via email by the Coordinator of PreHealth Professions
by 5:00pm on March 30, 2016 for the student to be eligible for an interview:
1) Personal Essay
2) CV (resume)
3) PreHealth evaluation form from 3 references


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

last update 1 February 2016 (TLL Webmaster)