Last updated October 13, 2016
Admission to optometry school may occur following completion of a baccalaureate degree. Admission requires completion of pre-professional level laboratory courses designed for science majors in biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition, applicants are required to take courses in mathematics, English, and the humanities, as well as the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
Understanding your undergraduate path:
Students at Morningside College who identify as Pre-Optomery typically major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites. Morningside College Pre-Optometry students have also been successful by taking business courses/business minors; these courses are not required, but in the past 5 years, we have had a 100% entrance rate. Each institution offering an Optometry program has its own undergraduate prerequisites, so applicants should contact the school or college of their choice for specific requirements. The science courses should be pre-professional level courses designed for science majors or health professional students and should offer laboratory experience. Brief survey courses in the sciences will not prepare you for Optometry school. Be sure to consult with your First Year Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the school or College of Optometry that you plan to attend.
Applying for Optometry School:
As defined on the OptomCAS website: "All 20 schools and colleges of optometry are participating in OptomCAS – Optometry’s Centralized Application Service. OptomCAS allows optometry applicants to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple schools and colleges of optometry. Applicants who apply through OptomCAS submit a completed web-based application comprised of biographical data, colleges and universities attended, academic course history, letters of recommendation, work experience, extracurricular activities, honors, and a personal essay. It is the applicant's responsibility to read and follow specific instructions for OptomCAS and the schools and colleges of optometry. A lot of Optometry schools look favorably on students who have taken a business minor or business courses. Applications for Optometry school are typically due in the fall of the senior year."