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Optometry School Requirements


If you are planning to apply to a school or college of optometry, use this sheet only as a guide. Each institution publishes its own school catalog, which specifies its own requirements and procedures. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU OBTAIN A CATALOG FROM THE SPECIFIC SCHOOL OR COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is an excellent resource, students considering optometry should become familiar with their website.

Basic Pre-Optometry Course Requirements

There are certain college-level courses that all schools and colleges of optometry require you to take prior to consideration for admission. Use this list of courses only as a guide.

Courses Semesters UK Equivalents
General Biology w/ labs 1 - 2 BIO 150, 151, 152, 153**
Microbiology w/lab 1 BIO 208 & 209 or BIO 308 & 209
General Chemistry w/lab 2 (CHE 105 & CHE 111 lab) and (CHE 107 and CHE 113 lab)
Organic Chemistry w/lab 1 - 2 CHE 230, 231, 232, 233
General Physics 2 PHY 211 & PHY 213
English 2 CIS/ WRD 110 and CIS/ WRD 111
Calculus 1 - 2 MA 123 or MA 113
Statistics 1 STA 291
Psychology 1 - 2 PSY 100

**Biology majors take Biology 148, 152, and 155 in lieu of Biology 150, 151, 152, and 153

The following courses are required or recommended:

Courses Semesters UK Equivalents
Physiology 1 - 2 PGY 206, PGY 412G, or BIO 350
Anatomy 1 ANA 209
Biochemistry 1 BCH 401G

There are additional course requirements which vary with each school or college. Consult each school's catalog. The science courses you take should be those designed for pre-professional students. Brief survey courses in the sciences will not prepare you for optometry school. Most science courses must include laboratory experience.




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