Optometry schools are graduate professional schools that award the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. While only three years of undergraduate preparation may be required for admission to many Optometry schools, these schools show admissions preference to students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree. Students who desire to apply to Optometry school should also consider optometric observation time as many Optometry schools require this for admission.
Courses for Optometry School Preparation
Optometry schools vary widely on the course requirements for admission. A variety of commonly required and recommended courses have been compiled for student reference. Provided the necessary required courses for admission are fulfilled, any Bachelor's program would be an acceptable choice. Two choices that include most of the required courses for admission to Optometry school are the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. (If majoring in Biology, a Chemistry minor should be strongly considered. If majoring in Chemistry, a Biology minor should be strongly considered.) To be certain that all required courses are completed in a timely fashion, a recommended schedule of courses has also been provided. Interested students should still consult the desired Optometry school(s) for specific course requirements. See our Optometry Preparation Checklist.
Optometry School Admissions Test
The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is required for admissions consideration to Optometry schools.
Application for Optometry School Admission
The Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) is utilized by many Optometry schools throughout the nation for admissions application processing.