College of Science and Health > Student Resources > Office of Advising & Student Services > Pre-Health Advising > Health Careers > Optometry
The American Optometric Association defines doctor of optometry as an independent primary health care provider for the eye. Optometrists (ODs) examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the eyes, visual systems, and associated structures affecting the eye. ODs can prescribe medication, spectacle lenses, contact lenses, and perform certain surgical procedures.
Currently there are 22 optometry programs in the continental United States.
Optometry programs require students to take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).
Cost: The OAT costs $450.00
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed below. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.
Illinois College of Optometry
Ferris State University
The Ohio State University
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.
Below is a sample timeline for a Biological Sciences Major. Please be aware that Optometry programs do not require or prefer a specifc major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.